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What can I do during the lockdown?

It’s a weird time; information about Covid-19 and the lockdown is everywhere and all consuming. Hopefully you’re all staying at home, in your bubble and playing your part in protecting your community.

Once the novelty of endless hours of Netflix wears off, what else can you do? Take it as an opportunity; an opportunity to really investigate development of your property. Can you add another dwelling, a minor dwelling or subdivide? If your land big enough for a terraced housing development? You’ve got weeks at home, and all the specialists you need are still working. This is seriously the IDEAL time to do all the preliminary works, so you can get cracking when the lock down is lifted.

But what can realistically be done now?

Probably much more than you think! We can:

Talk to you about your goals and aspirations. We can do this via the phone, Skype or Zoom. You don’t loose anything by not meeting in person!

  • Complete planning investigations and provide advice on development potential, constraints and opportunities.

  • Contact, get quotes, liaise with and manage input from the other specialists needed for your specific development. We have a wide network of professionals we work with and they’re all still working.

  • Prepare your resource consent application. We can’t visit your site at the moment, but we can do that once the lockdown is lifted, or we can do it via video calling with you. We’ve had great results using this method so far. Love technology!

  • Lodge your resource consent application with the Council. All Council resource consent staff are still working, its largely business as usual. We can lodge your resource consent application and potentially get it approved before the lockdown is lifted; you can then get down to doing the actual work, with all of the approvals and resource consents already in place! How great would that be!

What else can be done?

Getting a resource consent usually requires input from different professionals. At Planning Plus we can manage these other inputs for you, making the whole process super easy for you. So, what can these people do during lockdown?

  • Draw your architectural plans,

  • Assess infrastructure demand, availability and provide infrastructure reports,

  • If it’s a rural site, assess your onsite wastewater disposal needs and provide related reports,

  • Design stormwater management and provide reports,

  • Provide Overland Flow Path and Flood assessment reports,

  • Design earthworks and sediment controls,

  • Assess traffic impacts,

  • Provide quotes for building works,

  • Obtain building consent.

You can get almost exactly the same service in lockdown as normal, except you have time to actually think about it, provide feedback and get an even better outcome! We’ve even joined with some of our architecture and house development colleagues to make it even easier for you! Now is not the time to wait and become a couch potato- use the time in a positive way and get cracking with your development plans. Sound good? Give our team a call or e-mail; we’d love to hear from you.

Disclaimer As with all our blogs, the information detailed here is general in nature and meant as a preliminary guide only. This should not be substituted for your own investigations or use of your own professional’s. Planning Plus is not liable for any errors or omissions.

Hannah Thomson is Director of Planning Plus™ and has over 17 years of resource management experience working in both local government and the private sector. This includes five years at Rodney District Council in roles including Senior Planner and Team Leader. Hannah has a wide range of experience including commercial, rural, residential and coastal development and subdivision on small to large scales and appearances at both Council and Environment Court as an expert witness for mediation and hearings. Hannah has assisted Councils with policy development and has also assisted private individuals with submissions to Council.

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