The Christchurch City District Plan contains a number of rules that enable certain activities to be considered as controlled activities when certified by a qualified expert who is on a Council-approved list.

The Council has undertaken a process to establish a list of approved experts who will be able to provide certification that developments in the Commercial and Central City Core zones meet the urban design requirements as part of the resource consent applications.

List of approved experts

Tim Church

Company name: Boffa Miskell

Address: Level 1, 72 Shotover St, Queenstown, 9300

Phone: 03 364 4764

Mobile: 027 277 8902

Dave Compton-Moen

Company name: DCM Urban Design Ltd

Address: 10/245 St Asaph Street, Christchurch 8011


Mobile: 021 114 0377

Edward Jolly

Company name: Jasmax

Address: Level 1, 79 Lichfield St, Christchurch, 8011

Phone: 03 341 1858

Mobile: 021 552 753

Lisa Mein

Company name: Mein Urban Design and Planning Ltd

Address: 21 Warwick Avenue, Westmere, Auckland, 1022

Mobile: 027 483 3224

This certification process is an alternative approach to assessing urban design matters. The standard restricted discretionary consent application process where the assessment is undertaken by Council staff also remains an option for applicants.

The above urban design experts may be engaged (and paid) directly by applicants to assess the development and provide the urban design certification. Any engagement of the above experts is entirely independent of Council.

The experts must operate with professional integrity and there should be no expectation that the experts will be able to certify a particular proposal if they don't think it meets the District Plan urban design matters.

If you have any questions about this process please contact our Duty Planner.