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Consent teams gear up for development bonanza

Media Release
12 December 2013

Consent teams gear up for development bonanza

Auckland Council’s building and resource consents teams are gearing up to meet an increase in consenting volumes in tune with the improving Auckland economy.

Teams are achieving 95 per cent approvals of non-notified consents and 98 per cent for building consents within the statutory timeframes.

Both departments are preparing to meet the increased demand through additional resources. The two teams have a total staff of 1100 across council service centres with additional external consultants to provide overflow capacity when required.

Both building and resource consent teams have fast track processes to streamline low-risk applications, delivering services within five and 10 working days. Currently 11 per cent of resource consents are processed within 10 working days.

Resource consents currently in progress or issued in the last five months will permit over 20,000 new residential dwellings or lots to be built over the next five or so years. A further 10,000 units/lots are in discussion at pre-application stage.

Finance and Performance Committee chair, Councillor Penny Webster, said even higher demand will result from the Auckland Housing Accord’s ambitious targets for new residential lots and dwellings.

“It’s a sign that Auckland is on the move on the housing front with construction likely to flow through across Auckland including the new Special Housing Areas,” she said.

Consent applications show a shift away from property alterations and additions to large scale applications for apartments, greenfield developments and infrastructure projects.


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