Planning (Resource Management)
Our Consultant Surveyors and Planners are experienced in the Resource Management Act and interpreting the District & Regional Plan Rules of the various previous Local Councils, plus rules under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. We provide the following services:
Land Use Resource Consent Applications
Land use consents are required for a wide range of activities including residential and commercial, where an activity specifically requires consent from Council, or where a permitted activity is infringing Council regulations. We can prepare full land use consent applications for your project.
Subdivision Resource Consent Applications
A subdivision consent is required for any proposed subdivision, including fee simple, unit title, or cross lease. We can prepare subdivision applications (including full plan preparation) for your project.
In residential developments, this is often combined with a land use consent, in the form of an Integrated Land Use & Subdivision Resource Consent. This allows both the land use (building) and subdivision stages of a project to be included in a single application, and is common when the land use will involve infringements such as building coverage or height in relation to boundary.
For larger or more complex projects, regional consents involving stormwater discharge, sediment control, or works in a watercourse are often required. We can prepare regional resource consents (including full design and calculations) for any project. This can either be a separate application or can be combined with a land use/subdivision application.
Council Hearings – Preparation & Presentation of Evidence
Occasionally developing your property does not go to plan. We have the expertise to prepare and present evidence if your consent application has to be heard before a Council Hearing.
If your consent application is then required to be heard by the Environment Court we have the expertise to prepare and present evidence at that hearing as well.
Iwi and Neighbour Consultation
Where a proposal is likely to have adverse effects on a neighbour, early consultation can often lead to a positive result which can avoid notification of your resource consent. We can lead or assist consultation with neighbours.
Iwi are sometimes considered to be an affected party (especially where identified in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan). We can also aid in consultation with iwi.
Expert Planning Evidence
In addition to offering advice on development potential, we can also use our expert knowledge of local planning regulations to advise on planning matters that could affect your property/project.
This can extend to liaison with Council or other professionals, attendance at a pre-application meeting, or preparation of a report detailing the implications of various planning rules for your project. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.