Many of us live in an urban environment, and with that comes living in pretty close quarters to neighbours. While we have our own land and buildings, what neighbours do on their land can affect us too. This could be in terms of shading, privacy, noise or your outlook. But if your neighbours doing some work on their property how do you find out about it? Talk to them! In these days of high technology use, we’ve mainly lost the neighbourly relationships our parents had where yo
At Planning Plus we are very lucky to work with a great group of talented professionals, including Michael Macfie from Macfie Architectural Design. We were excited to assist Michael and Daily Bread Bakery with resource consenting requirements for conversion of an old bank. This week we have a guest project profile from Michael about this project. Project Profile - Daily Bread Bakery, Point Chev - Designed by Michael Macfie of Macfie Architectural Design The design transformat
Have you ever thought about adding a minor dwelling (also known as a “granny flat”) to your property for your parents or for a bit of extra income? Here is the lowdown on the process… What is a minor dwelling? A minor dwelling is a small standalone unit that is situated on the same site as a standard household. Minor dwellings have traditionally been used by property owners to provide additional self-contained accommodation for either extended family or as an additional incom
So you have submitted your resource consent application. I bet you are on the edge of your seat waiting to hear if it has been accepted or not. When you are pumped to get started on your project, it can sometimes feel like the decision takes forever to arrive (even if it is only a few weeks!) If your resource consent is granted, you will receive a decision document which will outline the type of activity that has been approved, conditions and an expiry date. This is your reso
Step 1: Investigate, investigate, investigate! This is the first blog in our series on the “lifecycle of a resource consent”. We aren’t going to explain the legal process of getting a resource consent, but what is actually involved for you as a “developer”, or someone wanting to do something. It can be a daunting process, so we hope this blog series will demystify some it for you, helping you understand how everything fits together and flows one from the other. Let’s Start At
When you hear the term Planner, what do you think? Hopefully it doesn’t conjure up images of Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey in the really cheesy Wedding Planner movie!
At Planning Plus, we’re a team of environmental planners. We’ve studied planning, spent many years being planners and love planning. But… what is a planner? What do we do? And why does someone need a planner?
What is a Planner?
We are Environmental Planners. That means we work on projects that sha
Big changes are afoot with the new Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. The Bill itself contains close to 40 changes and is the most comprehensive package of reforms to the Resource Management Act (RMA) since its creation 26 years ago. But what do all these changes actually mean in a practical sense? Let’s have a look at a few of the important ones now.
What Does The Bill Aim To Do?
The changes are designed to improve the resource management system. There is a focus on mor