Our People

Elizabeth Wells

Elizabeth Wells has over 25 years of experience in planning and resource management and has held senior management and technical positions in public organisations.

Elizabeth’s broad experience covers a wide range of planning work, both consenting and policy, including plan variations and consenting under the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 (HASHAA), regional and district plan change and variation preparation and assessment, resource consent lodgement and assessment under the RMA, notices of requirement, outline plan of works, Environment Court and council hearings experience,  policy formulation, structure planning, strategic planning, community engagement and public consultation (as well as presenting at various professional  conferences and  seminars),  process redesign and professional training for resource management practitioners.

Elizabeth’s experience includes:

  • Implementing (as a first in NZ) the new HASHAA legislation and consenting housing and subdivision developments within Special Housing Areas under the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 working closely with developers, central government and Housing New Zealand.
  • Assessment and preparation of a wide range of notified and non-notified resource consent applications involving a broad range of activities including coastal activities, water takes and discharges, wastewater activities, infrastructure, residential (including apartments and large subdivisions), commercial, retail and industrial activities
  • Providing professional training and development for resource management staff including developing training programmes, professional development matrices, templates and procedures manuals
  • Key leadership roles at Auckland Regional Council and Auckland Council in the regulatory area involving organisational and process redesign and staff training, achieving significant enhancements in customer service, consent performance and staff engagement
  • Extensive engagement with the public, developers and politicians (including central government) and including attendance at public meetings relating to controversial projects, such as large housing developments;
  • Experience in Council and Environment Court hearings and mediation processes.