Resource consent changes to be aware of

  A number of Resource Management Act changes for Waikato District residents came into effect on Thursday, 18 October 2017.
 One of the big changes we’re quite excited about is the new Permitted Boundary Activity process, says Consents Manager Ana Maria d’Aubert.
 “This change will make the planning approval process easier and cheaper for customers wanting to build within their boundary setbacks so long as they have their neighbour’s written approval.”
 Customers may have heard that there will also be a new Fast Track process for resource consents if your proposal has a controlled activity status under the Waikato District Plan.
 “Fast Track consents are required to be processed in a maximum of 10 working days instead of 20 days. Controlled activities generally have localised effects and a common example in district is a re-sited dwelling.”
 “One of the big changes to the RMA is how natural hazards are assessed for subdivisions. As a result of the changes, developers are now required to provide a risk assessment as part of their geotechnical report for subdivision. This increases the rigor of the upfront assessment to make sure the land is suitable for development. We encourage our customers to make sure their geotechnical engineer is aware of what’s required.”
In addition, how Council determines if a resource consent application needs to be notified will also change. There are certain types of proposals that will be excluded from public notification and, in some cases, excluded from limited notification.
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