Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Rotorua among best in country for consent processing

Rotorua among best in country for consent processing and charges


Rotorua District Council (RDC) is processing 100 per cent of resource consents within statutory timeframes and charging applicants significantly less than the national average.

These are the key findings of a recently released Ministry for the Environment two-yearly survey of local authorities, for the 2012/13 year.

During this period Rotorua District Council processed 224 resource land-use and subdivision consent applications, of which 2.68 per cent were ‘publicly notified’ and the same percentage ‘limited notified.’ No resource consent applications were declined by the council during the period.

RDC Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy lead, Councillor Mike McVicker, said the survey results confirm that Rotorua’s resource consent processing stacked up well against other councils around the country.

“In terms of both meeting timeframes and low charges for processing applications, we’re ahead of the game here in Rotorua.

“This is actually the second successive year our council team has successfully processed 100 per cent of resource consents on or ahead of time. In fact 65 per cent of all land-use consents were processed in under 15 working days, which is well ahead of requirements under the Resource Management Act.

“The Ministry for the Environment’s report also shows that Rotorua fees are lower than the national average minimum, the average median and average maximum charges. On all fronts our resource consent charges for the 2012/13 year were significantly lower than the national average. “

The median Rotorua District Council charge for a non-notified consent in Rotorua was $591 whereas the national average median of $1308 was $771 more than in Rotorua

“These results are very pleasing as they provide a good base for helping to attract development and investment in our city and district, something we’re keen to see as part of our Rotorua 2030 vision for the district. Having a high performing consenting team supports our key priority around growing and attracting new investment as well that of building effective council services,” Mr McVicker said.

END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news