Sarah is an experienced public sector and resource management lawyer, specialising in large infrastructure projects and housing developments.

Sarah has expertise at all stages in the planning process for large projects. At the early stages, she frequently advises clients on planning and environmental queries that arise during the site selection and due diligence processes. Further down the track, Sarah has expertise in consenting large projects under both the Resource Management Act 1991 and Covid-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020, together with private plan change applications to rezone land.

Sarah works with a wide range of corporate clients, local authorities and CCOs, providing advice on resource management and local government legal issues.

She has expertise in coordinating the application and hearing preparation processes and managing large teams of expert witnesses. She appears in Council hearings and before the Environment Court and High Court on resource consent applications, private plan changes, district plan and designation appeals and judicial review and declaration proceedings. Sarah also provides advice on environmental due diligence for commercial transactions

Sarah has also worked as a planning lawyer in the United Kingdom, with a practice focussed predominantly on major infrastructure projects.

Work Highlights

Watercare Services

Resource consents and Outline Plan of Works for the replacement Huia Water Treatment Plant.

Auckland Transport

Applications for resource consents and a notice of requirement for the Pakuranga to Botany section of the Eastern Busway project, a major public transport initiative.

Beachlands South LP

Private plan change application to rezone 307ha adjacent to the existing Beachlands coastal settlement.

Auckland Council/Auckland Transport

Resource consents for the Downtown Infrastructure Development Programme.

Various fast track consent applications for residential and mixed use developments under the Covid-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020.

Fletcher Residential 

Advice on the redevelopment of the Three Kings quarry into a high density residential area with an extensive open space network.

Warkworth Land Company

Private plan change application to rezone 102ha in Warkworth North for a housing development.

Eke Panuku

Advice regarding the Wynyard Precinct.


Consenting advice for various retirement villages.

Hynds Pipe Systems

Waikato District Council Plan Review, including submissions and hearings process.

Auckland City Council

Assisted in the promotion of plan changes and notices of requirement to enable the urban renewal and redevelopment of Wynyard Quarter as a mixed use precinct, including managing the resolution of numerous Environment Court appeals.

Due diligence advice on resource management issues arising from the sale of various properties and businesses.

Areas of Expertise

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