Special Counsel, Christchurch

Cedric Carranceja

Cedric Carranceja



Cedric specialises in a wide range of resource management and environmental issues arising from aviation, ports, telecommunications, hydro-electricity generation, water and wastewater infrastructure, roading, irrigation, hazardous substances, landfills, quarries, indigenous vegetation, forestry, intensive farming activities, residential subdivisions, recreation and sports facilities, developments in sensitive landscapes, retail developments and industrial activities.

Cedric advises individual, corporate, government and local authority clients on environmental, resource management, local government and Building Act issues.

He regularly represents clients at council hearings, the Environment Court, Boards of Inquiry and Independent Hearings Panels.

Cedric also advises local authorities on their financing, rating and development contribution policies.

  • Member of the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA)

Work highlights

Advising the Crown

on its All of Government submission (on behalf of 22 government departments and agencies) on the fast-tracked Christchurch Replacement District Plan review and hearing process, including representation before the Independent Hearings Panel and the High Court

Advising the NZ Transport Agency

on notices of requirements and resource consents for Christchurch Roads of National Significance projects

Advising local authorities

including Selwyn District Council, Christchurch City Council, Hurunui District Council and Ashburton District Council on local government and resource management process and procedure including the Resource Management Act, Local Government Act, Reserves Act and Public Works Act

Advising Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

on High Court appeals on PC2 to the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan relating to water and nutrient issues in the Hinds/Hekeao catchment

Advising local authorities

on compliance requirements and the content of their Long Term Plans and Annual Plans, including funding impact statements, rating and development contribution policies

Providing local authorities

with regulatory advice in relation to bylaws, transport and parking regulations, fencing of swimming pools, roads, Building Act and hazards management