A Landscape assessment is a sub category of an environmental impact assessment concerned with the character and quality of the landscape.

Our experience at undertaking landscape assessments is considerable. We have worked on a range of different projects all over the South Island. Following the assessment are often asked to act as an expert witness either at council hearings or in the Environment Court, such as for marine farms, mines, subdivisions or windfarms. Our work has included acting for both local or regional government bodies or private landowners.


Environment Canterbury commissioned us to provide an assessment of the region’s coastal marine area and its ability to support the construction of marine farms. The resulting ‘The Coastal Water Space Allocation Plan’ included expert analysis of the economics, biophysical restraints, and cultural impact in partnership with the public and stakeholders.

When faced with more than 65 consents for irrigation in what was set to be a potentially large intensification of farming in the Mackenzie and upper Waitaka Districts, Environment Canterbury asked us to audit any potential landscape or visual issues that may arise. This project  included recommendations around which areas were appropriate, as well as where - and to what extent - mitigation measures would be required.

Our work with Mt Gerald Stadium spanned a number of proposals, focussing on the sensitive nature of the location and ensuring that strategies were developed to effectively integrate farm buildings, residential dwellings, as well as irrigation for farming and crops into the landscape and minimise the effect on its character or visual amenity.

We undertook assessments for renewals and newly proposed marine farms in the large, remote bay of Port Gore in the Marlborough Sounds. This included Kaitangitata, Gannet Point, Pool Head, Waimatete, and Pig Bay. These assessments were all later debated in Council or Environment Court hearings.

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Specialists for over 30 years in landscape architectureurban design. New Zealand wide from our Christchurch base. NZILA Registered.