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


Record Number of Resource Consents Received

Record Number of Resource Consents Received

Dunedin (Friday, 4 July 2014) – The Dunedin City Council received a record number of resource consent applications during June, with 174 received over the month.

DCC Resource Consents Manager Alan Worthington says the previous record for consent applications received in a calendar month was 165 in June 2008. Of the applications received last month, 112 were received in the last six days of June and the last day alone accounted for 53. For the past 16 years the monthly number of consents has averaged 87.

Mr Worthington says an increase in applications had been anticipated ahead of the DCC’s new Development Contributions Policy being introduced on 1 July, but the level of that increase was greater than expected. The new policy resets the infrastructure charges incurred by new developments within the DCC’s jurisdiction.

“The previous 2008 record was set when the economy was really humming,” says Mr Worthington. “But, on this occasion, I don’t believe we will suddenly see a dramatic increase in building projects around the city.

“When people apply for a resource consent they have five years before they have to give effect to their consent. With a subdivision they have a further three years to comply with their conditions. Many of those who made their consent applications last month will have been forward planning, anticipating an increase in development contributions.”

Mr Worthington notes that the last significant rise in the number of resource consent applications occurred in 2011 when the Development Contributions Policy was initially to be introduced, but it was put on hold for a review.

The projects described in June’s applications are typical and are predominantly residential, ranging from dividing individual sections to larger subdivision projects.

The DCC has an experienced planning team and the increased workload will be managed through a range of options, including some staff focusing solely on consent processing and the use of consultants if necessary.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news