Whether you require advice at a strategic level or site specific planning advice, we can assist
We have extensive experience in preparing and obtaining resource consents for a wide range of land use and subdivision development proposals, ranging from small scale through to development over several hectares, for residential, commercial and industrial activities.
Our planners provide initial feasibility/strategy advice, manage all technical experts and prepare comprehensive resource consent applications for submission to Council. We will manage the consent through the Council process to ensure a successful outcome.
If the consent application is notified to neighbours, we will walk you through the process, prepare expert Planning evidence, and coordinate other technical evidence.
Our Planners have expertise in preparing and processing plan changes, to both the Auckland Unitary Plan and plans of other local authorities. We are also able to assist in preparing submissions to public and private initiated plan changes.
We undertake comprehensive structure planning and rezoning of land, specialising in the rezoning of greenfields Future Urban zoned land for urban activities.
We manage all technical experts and undertake consultation with Council, iwi and third parties. We will guide you through the hearings process and prepare and present expert planning evidence to ensure a successful outcome.
Recent rezonings include:
Our planners continue to deliver major, complex projects for our clients. These include resource consenting and plan variation requests to rezone land, as shown with these projects.
The Resource Management Act (RMA) statutory time limit for a non-notified (without a hearing) resource consent is 20 working days.
If the Council requests further information under s92 of the RMA, the consent is placed on hold until the response is submitted back to Council. This period is excluded from the 20 working days.
If the consent is complex, Council may double the processing timeframes under s37 of the RMA.
Generally we would suggest allowing 2-3 months for approval depending on the complexity of the application.
If the application is notified due to potential effects on neighbours, the processing timeframes are likely to be between 6-12 months.
An urban design assessment is a report that assesses the impact that a development may have on the surrounding area. This report can be used by others (such as Councils) to decide whether or not the development is in harmony with the objectives set out for the wider area.
Some of the areas that are considered are the site and surrounding area, visual affects, shading, built form, privacy, public perceptions, and any existing design guidance.
Each District Council usually has an online GIS viewer which can report on this information and more.
In Auckland, the Council’s Unitary Plan GIS viewer can be found here https://unitaryplanmaps.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/upviewer/
Development Contributions are levies on new developments. They are collected under the Local Government Act 2002 and are there to ensure that the extra demand on council infrastructure from new developments being built is paid for by the new user and is not imposed on the existing community.
Development Contributions are assessed on the extent at which the new development generates additional demand on roading, transport, stormwater, and parks and reserves.
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Once subdivision consent is issued an applicant has five years to lodge a Survey Plan with Council. This plan is a detailed plan prepared by a registered surveyor showing the boundaries, areas, and if relevant any easements and covenants that need to be prepared.
If the plan is in accordance with what was approved by Council as part of the subdivision consent then a Section 223 certificate approval will be signed. Once this has been signed by Council the plan may then be lodged with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) for approval.
A formal application for 224(c) certification needs to be made to Council by an applicant once all works required as part of the subdivision have been completed. This application needs to comment on how compliance with each condition of resource consent has been achieved.
Once Council is satisfied that all conditions of subdivision consent have been complied with, the 224(c) certificate will be signed. An applicant must then lodge this certificate with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to allow separate titles for the newly created lots to be issued.
This depends on the land you have and what you need to do with it. However as a general guide the following steps feature in most subdivisions. We can help you with every step – all in house.
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