Designing great places to live, work and play
Our newest discipline, CivilPlan now has urban design and master planning services for various scales of urban and rural development projects, providing architectural designs for apartment buildings, terraced and detached houses, as well as providing strategic policy planning advice.
CivilPlan works at all scales of the urban environment, ranging from:
Our bulk and location study service covers various types of projects, such as:
Our design review services include:
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.
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.
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/
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