Specialising in resource consent and policy planning matters.

About Us

Established in 1995 as a company specialising in resource consent and policy planning matters, Positive Planning Ltd has been successfully involved in more than 2000 developments. These range in size from the planning and implementation of the Albany Regional Centre in North Auckland to relatively simple suburban residential alterations and additions.

At Positive Planning, our aim has always been to add value to the often difficult resource consent process and achieve a timely and desirable outcome for our clients. Our success rate over the last 20 years has been virtually 100% with very few exceptions. Our success has come from an intimate knowledge of the planning process combined with a common sense approach and sound working relationship with local and regional councils.

Its Director, Gary Deeney has some 25 years experience in a wide range of planning related fields with a background in local government planning and policy work. His approach to planning has always been to give his client honest and direct consultation advice and where possible guide them in such a work and to avoid expensive and unproductive involvement in resource consents processes.

Positive Planning has developed close working relationships with a wide and diverse range of associated consultancy practices including:

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Surveyors
  • Heritage Architects
  • Urban Designers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Wind Engineers
  • Planning Barristers
  • Property Lawyers

As such, we are well placed to make suitable recommendations on the best person or company to assist in all parts of the planning process. We also have experience in resource consent project management and can provide a complete overview on timing and potential budget expectations.

Areas of Expertise

Areas of Expertise

  • Areas of Expertise Reporting requirements under the Resource Management Act 1991
  • Local Government Act matters
  • Environment Court expert evidence
  • High Court expert evidence
  • Mediation and arbitration as an expert witness
  • Medium and high density residential development
  • Commercial retail and office development
  • Character residential resource consent and scheduling
  • Residential alteration and new homes
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Infill subdivision
  • Greenfield subdivision
  • District Plan changes and Strategic Policy Planning
  • Heritage planning
  • Contaminated sites
  • Industrial development
  • Coastal development
  • Development Levy and Reserve Contribution challenges
  • Regional council discharge and groundwater diversion consents
  • Resource consent applications under The Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013



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Recent Projects

Recent Projects

189 Great North Road, Eden Terrace

New mixed use apartment complex consent under The Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013

Buckley Avenue, Hobsonville

New mixed use apartment complex at Hobsonville Point

160 Gillies Avenue, Epsom

Extensions and renovations to existing Sothern Cross Hospital

69 Almorah Place, Epsom

New residential “Greenfields” subdivision within strategic conservation area and consenting of new character dwellings

56-60 Carbine Road, Mt Wellington

New Tertiary Education complex

9 Wallis Street, Raglan

New medical centre

28-40 Totara Avenue, New Lynn

New Merchant Quarter affordable housing complex as part of regeneration of New Lynn strategy

289 Victoria Avenue, Remuera

New residential dwellings in Residential Character Zone

18-26 Liverpool Avenue, Papatoetoe

New retail complex

13-15 Teed Street, Newmarket

Development/refurbishment of new retail and office building

199 Great North Road, Grey Lynn

Retail, office and residential refurbishment

52-54 Fort Street, Auckland Central

High rise residential tower comprising some 380 units

10 Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland Central

High rise apartment and hotel development

6-10 Nugent Street, Grafton

Comprehensive mixed use office, retail and residential development

624 Rosebank Road, Avondale

Industrial/retail complex

327 Albany Highway, Albany

Retail centre

132-138 Quay Street, Auckland Central

Refurbishment or “Union House” within Britomart Precinct

33 Corinthian Way, Albany

Extensions to ASB call-centre

33 Sale Street, Freemans Bay

“Clooney” restaurant

14 Airpark Drive, Auckland Airport, Mangere

“Ventura” Hotel development

20 Wyndham Street, Auckland Central

Hotel high rise tower

273 Remuera Road, Remuera

Redevelopment proposal for Remuera Bridge Club

523 Parnell Road, Parnell

Extensions to “Working Style” retail outlet

Galway Street, Penrose

Establishment of “Visy” regional rubbish recycling centre for Manukau and Auckland City Council

205-209 Broadway and 1 Teed Street, Newmarket

Commercial, office and restaurant and retail redevelopment

143 Favona Road Mangere

New Church Hall complex and resolution of land reclamation and esplanade reserve issues

36-38 College Hill, Freemans Bay

New residential apartment complex

217 Great North Road, Eden Terrace

New apartment complex

396 Queen Street, Auckland CBD

Conversion of existing office building into new retailing and mixed use tower development

126 Vincent Street, Auckland CBD

Residential conversions of existing office floors

Burwood Crescent, Remuera

Alterations and additions to character dwelling

19-21 Bute Road, Browns Bay

New Mixed Use apartment complex

Proximity Apartments – 12 Osterley Way, Manukau City Centre

High rise residential tower comprising 150 units

Beaumont Quarter – 20 Beaumont Street, St. Mary’s Bay

Mixed Use Staged Residential and Commercial development compromising in excess of 250 units

47 Custom Street, Auckland Central

Commercial refurbishment of character building

10 Flower Street, Mt Eden

Residential apartment complex

401 New North Road, Kingsland

Residential apartment complex

61 Albert Street, Auckland Central

Extensions to historic “Shakespeare Tavern” and creation of Transfer Development Rights

25 Kent Street, Newmarket

Temporary Showroom development

778 Manukau Road, Royal Oak

Commercial retail, office and residential development

Mangere Town Centre

Conversion of “Farmers” department store to retail units

200 Great South Road, Drury

“Counties” Rugby Institute of Rugby and Sport proposal

“Madison” Apartments – 135-145 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Conversion of former “Feltex” office building to residential accommodation

29 Heather Street, Parnell

Office conversion and refurbishment

144 Lucerne Road, Remuera

New residential dwelling in Conservation and Coastal management area

55 Gibraltar Crescent, Parnell

Terraced Housing project

1 Montrose Terrace, Mairangi Bay

Establishment of “Paper Moon” café

51 Carbine Road, Mt Wellington

Industrial and office park

161-163 Marua Road, Ellerslie

Industrial Unit Conversion

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Positive Planning Ltd
Unit 3 Level 16, The Shortland Centre,
55 Shortland St,
Auckland Central, 1010

PO Box: 228,
Shortland Street, 1010