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Identifying what resource consents are required

The first step in lodging for a resource consent is to find out what types of consents you require for your project, if any, and what type of activity your project will be classified as. This is determined by the district and/or regional plan. If you are not familiar with the applicable plan, you may wish to seek advice from Gulab. He will be able to assist you in identifying the type of resource consent required under the district plan, as well as direct you to other relevant authorities, such as the regional council which may also require consents.

To Ensure A Smooth Consenting Process: Consultation

Many resource consent applications are able to be processed without the need to notify members of the public. However, if a proposal is likely to have a broader effect on the environment, you need to consider whether there are people who will be directly affected (limited notification), or whether the public generally needs to be notified (public notification).

If there are potentially affected parties, then you need to consider a consultation strategy. While there is no general obligation to consult on resource consent applications, an Assessment of Environmental Effects should include the identification of the parties affected by the proposal, any consultation undertaken and any response to the views of any person consulted. 

Gulab will approach all projects through:

  • Listening carefully to understand clients' requirements;
  • Bringing together the appropriate mix of multi-disciplinary skills from other firms;
  • Fostering creative thinking and the exchange of ideas to generate innovative solutions;
  • Ensuring that clients' projects will be inspiring, financially and environmentally viable, commercially successful and achievable.
  • Providing clients with planning solutions to assist timely delivery of their projects.
  • Acting as project manager during the formulation and environmental reporting phases of projects to enhance the prospects for successful outcomes to the consenting processes. 
  • Identifing the risks and opportunities applying to the project;
  • Maximising the development potential of any given site;
  • Developing a strategy that recognises the constraints to obtaining consent; and
  • Minimising the risks through the consent process.