Scope of Work:
Subdivision consent; Land Use consents for Hydroponic plastic houses, workers accommodation, Pack-house, establish and use a rain water collection system, stormwater discharge consents, Nutrient discharge, and earthwork consents
Nick Hall and Kelly Bosgra
This comprehensive project, was initiated in 2018, when our clients acquired this 28 hectare Karaka property for the purpose of establishing an intensive hydroponic operation and associated activities. From a consenting perspective it required the relocation of two consented rural lots, and staged Land use consents including stormwater discharges, water take, earthworks, nutrient discharge, workers accomodation and a packhouse. While the construction of plastic houses within the zone was a permitted activity, the scale of the proposal means a number of other consents were required.
To support the application, Birch engaged with a number of other consultants, including Geotechnical Engineers, Landscape Assessment Consultants, Noise consultants, Hydrology Consultants, and Building Companies, and their reports formed part of the compilation of the application submitted to Council. A signficant component of the consent was a proposal to undertake earthworks which involved 75,000 cubic meters of cut, and 60,000 cubic metres of fill. This was required to establish suitable building platforms.
As assessed by Council, many of the activities were Restricted Discretionary, whilst some were noncomplying. Based on the application, the assessments undertaken, and the accompanying reports, the application based the tests to be considered and approved without notification.
The accompanying photos show many of the stages in the development of the site, including the initial drone footage which established a sound topographical survey of the site