Resource Consents Planner

Employing over 500 staff in what is indisputably one of the most stunning locations in the country, Queenstown Lakes District Council is at the very heart of a dynamic community. Our services are essential to the people in our region and include infrastructure development, community recreational facilities and planning, building and other regulatory services. 

The Role

The Resource Consents Planner processes resource consent applications (both land use and subdivision), making sound recommendations on decisions in accordance with the requirements of the Resource Management Act and the District Plans (Operative District Plan and Proposed District Plan). These recommendations on decisions must be robust and delivered within the timeframes set under the Act. Other duties include:

Processing new and altered designations and outline plans 
Approvals under the Local Government Act, and other Acts as relevant
Attending pre-application meetings
Assisting more senior planners with responding to technical complex queries
Mentoring more junior members of the team 
We have two permanent full-time opportunities available, one based in Queenstown and the other opportunity based in Wanaka. 

About You

To be the successful candidate, you will hold:

Tertiary degree qualification in planning or related discipline. 
Membership of the New Zealand Planning Institute or equivalent, or eligibility for membership. 
Significant knowledge and practical application within the planning industry of the Resource Management Act 1991 and allied legislation, in particular those provisions relating to resource consent processes (both land use and subdivision), and implementing a District Plan.
Demonstrated ability to present topics to peers, the public, professionals, at hearings and meetings. 
Extensive networks in, and credibility with the stakeholder community.
Excellent oral and written communication skills couples with a motivated and achieve oriented approach. 
Have a problem solving mind set and ability to think strategically, pragmatically and outside the box.

We Offer

Competitive market remuneration
The opportunity to join a great team
Career progression and training opportunities 
Flexible working practices and regular working hours
Subsidised health insurance
Discounted health and fitness club rates at our great facilities 
Subsidised mobile phone
Free eye checks and annual flu shots 
Extra annual leave awarded with years of service 
Relocation allowance will be considered for the successful candidate

How to Apply 

For more information on this role, or to apply, please visit the QLDC careers page at: 

Please direct any questions to Fiona Blight, Resource Consents Manager on + 64 3 450 0325 or via email at 

Applications close: Friday 8th July, 2022. 
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Makarora, OTA, NZ