PROJECTS / s32 Professional Pathways with Greater Wellington
Greater Wellington Regional Council (GW) embarked on an ambitious plan review in 2014, combining five plans into a proposed Natural Resources Plan for the region. Section 32 analysis and reporting is crucial for RMA plan reviews as it underpins robust plan development and sound resource management decisions. It requires a large amount of technical input, analytical abilities, information management, and an in-depth understanding of planning principles and statutory requirements.
Professional development opportunity
We were helping Greater Wellington with their s32 reporting in 2015 when GW team leaders saw the opportunity to turn what we were doing into a professional development programme. It was an exciting chance for us to adapt to the policy team’s immediate needs and help them take ownership of the plan review. It was a pleasure to be able to evolve and grow together: We shared new planning tools and knowledge, and the team reinforced new skills successfully during a live review scenario.
(Note: Greater Wellington’s regional plan review process is still underway, with hearings anticipated in early 2017.)
The s32 Professional Pathways programme was tailored and timed carefully to help the GW team accomplish their s32 analysis and s42a reporting to tight timeframes.
The policy team wanted to build internal capacity while working on a robust and forward-thinking Regional Plan. We have a strong desire to help improve delivery of quality planning in the region. The s32 Professional Pathways programme was tailored and timed carefully to help the GW team accomplish their s32 analysis and reporting (and eventually s42A reporting) to tight timeframes.
We delivered the programme over 10 weeks in a two part format:
The power of s32
We are firm yet flexible believers in using s32 as a framework to help plan reviews run smoothly. The s32 Professional Pathways format used that framework to help the team tackle s32 analysis logically - one bite at a time. With their new confidence in the s32 process, the GW team explored different ways to adapt the s32 requirements to different topics. They found that changing the report format for some topics helped them make better connections and tell the stories more easily, enabling better RMA decision making.