Rural Residential Lake Hayes Estate Owners Advised to Check Consent Requirements

Sep 13, 2004

Land owners in the rural residential zoned areas of Lake Hayes Estate have been shocked to find that resource consent is required before they can build. Many have only discovered the requirement at the time of lodging a building consent and are understandably upset.

CivicCorp enquiries planner Bryan McGillan says 61 lots in the area are zoned rural residential and are affected by the separate rural residential zone rules.

"As the titles come through for these lots, people are finding they can't automatically build in the same way that those elsewhere in the subdivision can."

"Many have already arranged builders and undertaken concrete work.  Naturally they're pretty upset to find they need consent and the associated delays and costs."

The problem has arisen because of the different underlying zoning requirements within the subdivision and a general lack of understanding of the implications of the zoning.

"The rural residential zone is defined in the original hearing decision.  That decision states that separate resource consent would be required for any dwelling to be erected in that zone," says Mr McGillan.

To ease the process for frustrated home builders, CivicCorp has set up a team specifically to fast track these applications as much as possible.

"We certainly sympathise with those waiting to get started and suddenly find they need a resource consent that is 20 days and probably $700 - $800 away," says CivicCorp managing director Rene Kampman.

Mr Kampman says the situation highlights the need for prospective property buyers to conduct extensive due diligence and explains the situation is not unique.

"Butel Park and Quail Rise are examples of subdivisions where separate resource consents are required before building a house."

He says CivicCorp is committed to ensuring the consenting process is as painless as possible and suggests the rural residential lot owners who wish to build, contact a CivicCorp planner early in their planning.

By: Kiri