We provide the expertise to unlock the development potential of your property and provide you with land use options to maximise your investment. You may be looking to subdivide residential land to allow for an additional dwelling, establish a commercial development, or undertake a significant urban development project. Whatever your need, our team members will work with you every step of the way.

  • Retail, industrial, commercial and multipurpose developments
  • Resource management planning - due diligence, feasibility studies
  • Prepare applications and proposals to council for approval
  • Coordinate and consult with local authorities, iwi representatives, and statutory bodies for residential developments and recreation and tourism ventures
  • Provide evidence and expert witness for court proceedings



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Case Studies

Proposed District Plans

CKL works with most of New Zealand’s District Councils and has a detailed knowledge of Proposed and Operational District Plans, as well as a strong working knowledge of council processes regarding submissions on proposed changes.

CKL has worked with many clients to assist with submissions on proposed changes to District Plans. This may vary from contributing to the submission through to attending hearings on our clients’ behalf.

We stay fully informed of changes to District Plans and ensure planning, surveying, engineering and design practices reflect the latest regulations.

Farringdon St, Glen Innes

The Tamaki Regeneration Company commenced redevelopment of a 2,211m² site, in line with the Tamaki Regeneration Master Plan, to provide a mix of social housing and private market housing.

This project involved the establishment of 11 fee simple terraced housing units over three separate blocks being either two or three stories high with a central Jointly Owned Access Lot.

The project was processed by Council on a non-notified basis and highlights our ability to deliver medium-sized developments with a high yield of units in a fee simple arrangement. Our client was able to achieve maximum value from their investment.

Papakura-Clevedon Road, Papakura

The 91-lot subdivision of vacant land in the rapidly growing suburb of Papakura presented unique development challenges. Situated at the intersection of two main arterial roads with restricted access, the development needed to incorporate pedestrian and cycle accessways. The site was also known to experience significant flooding from upstream catchment, requiring comprehensive flood and stormwater management which included the detention of runoff water within a multipurpose recreation and stormwater reserve.

We brought together a multidisciplinary team comprising CKL planners, surveyors, ecologists, and stormwater and environmental engineers to work with the developers and Council to design a high quality urban development that was sympathetic to the surrounding rural environment.

Our team fully assessed the site and designed a plan to redirect an existing farming channel and create an internal wetland and reserve with stormwater, ecological, and recreational functions. The surrounding residential lots benefitted from the open space; creating a rural/urban interface that sits comfortably in the environment.

Hall Ave and Curlew Place, Mangere

CKL assisted our client to develop a parcel of land, extending from Hall Ave to Curlew Place, to create a high-density residential area to meet Auckland’s increasing need for high quality, affordable homes. The development was completed in partnership with Housing NZ Corporation who will take ownership of the new dwellings to help ease the shortage of quality social housing in Auckland.

The 40-lot development included the design and build of a through road, connecting the two streets and changing the traffic function for the Curlew Pl cul-de-sac.

The design of the road, the streetscape, and the housing plan had to take into consideration extensive flood modeling to demonstrate the flood levels would not increase as a result of the built environment and impact downstream neighbours.

Rotokauri Rise

The picturesque Rotokauri Rise subdivision is an outstanding 10-stage residential development in one of the regions largest and most significant residential growth cells. It will yield nearly 900 sections and cater for the expanding population within the ‘golden triangle’ and is being delivered for Rotokauri Developments Ltd by CKL.

The development will include a mix of house and land packages or land only lots, three wetland areas, a playpark, and a retail centre. The residential areas will incorporate a mixture of housing, with larger sections on the ridgelines and increasing density toward the urban centre.

As a key development partner, CKL has been involved in the development of Rotokauri Rise from the start, transforming the bare land to urban lots with all the required services including power, telecommunications, water, wastewater, and roading. Stages three to five of the development were delivered to title in March 2018, with over 130 lots available for sale.

CKL has been heavily involved in the preparation of submissions to the Proposed District Plan, Hamilton City Council’s long-term plan, and Development Contribution Policy.

Rotokauri Rise was the first development to be delivered to Hamilton Council’s new integrated catchment management plan. The CKL team revised designs and stormwater management plans to accommodate the new requirements for the catchment area in order to meet development deadlines.

The presence of a natural heritage park on the southern boundary of the development set the tone for the design and character of the Rotokauri development. Soft-engineered solutions were employed to create an appealing and sympathetic response to the established design objectives.

CKL is working towards the delivery of stage six; the roading corridor to Te Rapa. Beyond that, stages seven and eight incorporate an additional 200 lots of character, residential and medium density housing in an elevated area. This will bring its own challenges as many of these sites are on steeper topography and the ridgeline is more pronounced.

CKL is currently providing professional services for environment and subdivision consents, civil engineering design and contract administration, and all aspects of land surveying. Through an holistic approach to the planning, design, development and construction of Rotokauri Rise, CKL is excited to bring future stages to title.

Lakewood Cambridge

Lakewood is one of the biggest developments to ever take place in Cambridge. Designed to complement the heritage character of the existing town centre, Lakewood is set on 3.2ha against the backdrop of the picturesque Lake Te Ko Utu.

The mixed-use development provides a boutique retail destination as well as commercial spaces, spacious public areas, and entertainment experiences. Residential apartments have sold quickly and the three and four bedroom townhouses have recently been released.

Our team in Hamilton were involved in the early survey and planning work, providing resource consent and topographical survey services to the initial developers.

The Village Quarter

CKL worked with Yeoman Developments to create The Village Quarter; an exciting development in Hamilton's suburb of Frankton.

Inspired by industrial architecture and reminiscent of inner city New York, The Village Quarter is Hamilton's latest mixed use development, comprising four detached three storey buildings centred around a landscaped 'mews' shared by pedestrians and vehicles alike. The Village Quarter presents 47 stylish one and two bedroom apartments integrated with ground floor retail and office spaces.

CKL’s role in the development was to prepare the Land Use and Subdivision Consent Applications. The Land Use Consent was assigned a Discretionary Activity status and CKL's planners successfully justified a number of non-compliances with District Plan provisions, including exceeding maximum apartment density and provision of retail units smaller than usually allowed for in the zone.

CKL has also been involved in the Unit Title Subdivision and Civil Engineering of The Village Quarter, which has required careful consideration to the staging of different precincts of the development.

Windsor Trust, Cambridge

Waipa District Council has approved resource consent for new visitor accommodation in Cambridge, to meet growing demand. The two-storey, 20-room bed and breakfast style accommodation will replace a category C heritage building, built by Dutch immigrant and master builder George Veldwijk. To provide a physical link to the site’s heritage, components of the original brickwork of the boundary fence will be retained along with interpretive signage.

CKL’s role in this development was to prepare the Consent Applications and support the developers throughout the consent process. The project attracted local interest due to the heritage nature of the site and concessions were made to acknowledge the historical significance.

Rauwaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust

The Rauwaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust provides a range of health, social, educational, cultural, recreational, housing and transport support services to Kaumatua in Hamilton.

The current community centre, owned by the Trust, was not fit for purpose and needed an upgrade and redevelopment in order to provide easier access for elders and better resources.
The CKL team in Waikato values the role our Kaumatua play in our community and committed professional time on a pro-bono basis to assist the Trust to obtain resource consent for the proposed upgrade and manage concerns about the location of the community centre in a flood prone area. The site was zoned for industrial activity and the operation of a community centre was deemed a non-compliant activity, requiring a new consent. The resource consent has been granted and the Trust is currently fundraising for the centre.

Motion Entertainment, Rotorua

Rotorua’s Motion Entertainment has the biggest range of attractions in New Zealand under one roof, including trampoline park, 10-pin bowling, laser tag, mini-golf, a children’s playland, virtual reality rides, and gaming.

Originally planned to be a supermarket, CKL was asked by Holmes Group to modify the existing consent to include a mega indoor entertainment centre. We had to demonstrate the benefits of an entertainment centre to the community and local environment, and show the impact would be no more than a supermarket.

Rotorua Lakes Council was very supportive of the development application as it fitted with Rotorua’s tourism strategy and provided excellent wet weather activity. Motion Entertainment opened its doors to the public in November 2017 and the $13 million Lynmore Junction development will eventually cover 2.7ha and attract 200,000 domestic and international visitors a year.

Transferable Development Rights (TDR’s)

Waipa District Council strictly controls subdivisions, particularly with respect to land that is designated to be ‘sensitive’; within a significant natural landscape area, fronting a State Highway or primary road, or has high-class soils.

Under the Waipa District Plan, in order to protect sensitive land that is privately owned, Council allows the landowner to transfer their “right to subdivide” to another property within the District and sets out the criteria for the donor and recipient property (which of course cannot also be within a sensitive location).

The CKL team in Te Awamutu has significant experience managing subdivisions under Waipa District Council’s Transfer Development Right (TDR) title rules, and is applies this knowledge to the benefit of our clients.

CKL maintains a register of people who have TDR entitlements for sale and can facilitate a sale to clients who may have no current avenue to do this under the District Plan rural subdivision rules.

Te Awamutu T1 Growth Cell Structure Plan

Waipa District Council recognised the need for future growth planning in Te Awamutu and has set aside a number of urban growth cells including the T1 cell to the town’s west.

CKL’s Te Awamutu planners were engaged to prepare and submit the first structure plan for Te Awamutu under Waipa District Councils new district plan, recognising our understanding of the land development process and knowledge of the Te Awamutu community and District Plan.

Our involvement also extended to Lead Consultant; responsible for commissioning the many specialist investigations and reports needed to support an application of this nature, including geotechnical, transportation, archaeological, infrastructure, and stormwater assessments.

Our planners reviewed the specialist reports, analysed the site, and formulated a development concept that best suited the land and the identified constraints. We managed the consultation process with iwi and neighbours to ensure that satisfactory outcomes were achieved for all parties.

Great North Road, Waterview

CKL was brought in to completely transform a 12,010m² brownfields site to a mixed dwelling residential development to provide social housing and communal spaces in a well-designed and easy to access environment.

CKL was involved from the start, managing pre-applications meetings and discussions, consulting with the urban design panel, iwi (Mana Whenua), Watercare Services Limited, Local Board/Asset Owners, Council Parks, New Zealand Transport Agency, and Auckland Transport. We also provided detailed engineering design for the services, roading and stormwater management.

Our multidisciplinary team, comprising Surveyors, Engineers, Stormwater Engineers and Planners, obtained approval for street tree removal and site contamination removal, bulk earthworks, and for a unit title subdivision development. We prepared detailed unit title scheme plans with various required easements and comprehensive planning documents.

The project established 120 residential units; providing a mix of apartment accommodation in two five-storey apartments fronting the internal private road, and one- and two-storey terraced or duplex townhouses around the boundary of the site, adjacent to lower density-zoned land surrounding the development.

Kestrel Pl, Wai O Taiki Bay

We brought a team together comprising surveyors, engineers, environmental engineers and planners for the redevelopment of a 795m² site within the Residential – Mixed Housing Urban Zone, to develop three new, two-level residential dwellings with an associated fee simple subdivision.

The Glen Innes / Wai O Taiki area is undergoing significant redevelopment and the wider housing project being undertaken by Tamaki Regeneration Company (TRC) needed to be considered in our approach to this subdivision.

Consultation and discussions with TRC identified their development would change the overland stormwater flow path as well as change the position of public stormwater lines, impacting our proposed development. By working together we were able to relocate the stormwater line in order for us to connect into it whilst still meeting the needs of TRC.

We were also able to negotiate the reduction to the proposed height of a retaining wall that was to be constructed along our client’s northern boundary, providing a more attractive outdoor living area for our client’s proposed dwellings.