LGOIMA Request Details

Date Received:03/03/2022
Date Responded:23/03/2022
Requester Name:Emelia Ives
Organisation:Otago Student
Requested Information:

My name is Emelia Ives. I'm trying to gather some very general information about sub-dividing properties in the cities and districts in New Zealand. I am a University of Otago student and am hoping to get some answers for a basic research project. All answers will be anonymised, data to be used in this class only and deleted afterwards.

I understand that sub-division and resource consent is a very complicated process and involves multiple properties but my goal is to understand what the process is like from the council's perspective.

Could you please give me some general ballpark answers or figures to the below questions.

How long does the process typically take to complete a subdivision (from once the council lodges an application until the final clearance Sec 224(c) certification)?
How many people at the council are involved in the approval process?
How many subdivision applications do you process at the council on an annual basis?
What is the most challenging part of the process for you?
How much does the council typically charge in total during the process (ballpark range is fine)?

Any information or insights would be really helpful. Thank you so much for your time.


Response:

​Thank you for your request for information regarding resource consents

Please find the answers highlighted below. If there is any more specific information you require please do not hesitate to contact me.

How long does the process typically take to complete a subdivision (from once the council lodges an application until the final clearance Sec 224(c) certification)? Typically councils have 20 working days to issue a consent. If the consent is complex then an extension of time can be applied under the Resource Management Act which allows further time for processing. To the stage of 224  certification this will vary depending on how long the developer takes to undertake the work and have the certification signed off. I cannot give a timeframe for this as it is dependant on the developer completing the work.


How many people at the council are involved in the approval process? A planning team of 3 Consent Planners and a newly appointed Planning technician are involved in the processing of Resource consents at Manawatu District Council, along with input from the Land development team and private Planning Consultants.


How many subdivision applications do you process at the council on an annual basis? From July 2020 to June 2021 a total of 150 subdivision consents were received and processed by Manawatu District Council


What is the most challenging part of the process for you? Consultation and mediation to reach agreement with the numerous parties involved so that all concerns are addressed and a happy median reached while meeting the requirements of the Operative District Plan and the Resource Management Act


How much does the council typically charge in total during the process (ballpark range is fine)? A typical Sub Division consent can range from $1000 to $3000 however this can vary a lot depending on the size and complexity of the consent. This cost would not include development contributions if they are applicable


Status:Completed