Unravelling Land Use Complexity with Expert Consulting

Navigating land development and planning regulations in New Zealand can be a challenging venture filled with intricacy and detail. Our dedicated team of land development consultants specialises in understanding the multifaceted rules around land uses, ensuring your project moves forward smoothly and efficiently.

Expertise Spanning Over 30 Years

With an accomplished history of over 30 years in land development consulting, we bring a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience that is unparalleled in the industry. Our expertise is your gain as we guide you through the labyrinth of urban planning and land uses.

Our Teams Across New Zealand

We have planted our roots firmly throughout the country with teams in Auckland, Pukekohe, Tairua, Hamilton, and Tauranga. Wherever your project is based, we have local expertise ready to support your vision.

A Network of Trusted Relationships

Our strong connections with contractors, architects, solicitors, housing companies, and local councils form a foundation for success. These relationships are instrumental in navigating the intricacies of land use consents and regional planning.

Navigating Land Uses and Consents

Land development is governed by the Resource Management Act, under which the term 'Land Use' defines how land can be utilised. This encompasses a spectrum of activities, from those that are permitted without consent, to controlled activities, right through to those that are strictly prohibited. Comprehending the labyrinth of rules is paramount, and our planning staff are seasoned navigators who confront these challenges daily.

From Permitted to Prohibited

Understanding which category your project falls into can be bewildering. Our seasoned consultants demystify the process, providing guidance and simple-to-understand advice tailored to your unique needs.

Firstly, those activities that do not require consent from Council (as long as they meet particular standards) are classified as Permitted. An example of a permitted activity is a dwelling on a residential zoned site, as long as it meets controls such as height, distances from boundaries, etc.

Secondly, those activities that do require consent from Council, but will be granted subject to appropriate conditions, are classified as Controlled activities. This classification is less common than it used to be.

There are three categories in which Council can either refuse or approve consent, subject to conditions. These are Restricted Discretionary, Discretionary, and Non-complying Activities. For the former, Council have limited the issues which they will consider when deciding whether to grant consent. For the latter, Council can only grant consent if the effects are no more than minor.

And finally, there is a category, for which Council can not grant consent, and this is termed Prohibited.

These categories are defined in the RMA, and Councils through their Plan reviews and Plan changes determine which activities fall into which category. Understanding the plethora of rules, and how the activity status and controls fit together can be like traversing a minefield. 

Simplifying the Path to Consent

Whether you are contemplating a Restricted Discretionary, Discretionary, or Non-complying Activity, our planning team is equipped to offer the insight and representation essential to obtaining the necessary consents.

Connect with Our Expert Planners Today

Do you require a land use consent? Are you uncertain about the process? Our planning team is a call away to lead you through each phase, offering personal assistance or acting on your behalf to obtain all requisite consents.

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