Independent commissioners are being urged not to rewrite the law by rejecting plans for a brothel in Auckland.
A public hearing at the Town Hall is under way to determine whether the Chow Group's 15-storey building opposite the Sky City Casino should be granted resource consent.
The building would contain restaurants, bars, nightclubs, a hotel and 13 brothel rooms.
Planners for the Auckland Council have said resource consent should be granted, but hundreds of submissions means that commissioners have been called in to make the final decision.
Lawyers for the developers told the commissioners on Monday the plans meet the requirements under the District Plan and Resource Management Act and this building should not be used as an opportunity to rewrite that legislation.
Members of the public will be able to make submissions on Tuesday.
The commissioners are expected to make a decision by the end of this year.