Consultation on Resource Consent Applications

This page explains the consultation requirements for resource consent applications under the Resource Management Act 1991.

Consulting persons affected

Public consultation is an important early step in the Resource Consent application process that must be completed before your application can be considered. It allows affected persons to:

  • Understand your plans effects on them and the environment.
  • Allay their fears and misunderstandings about your plan.
  • Provide an opportunity for alternatives and/or other viewpoints to be considered and discussed.
  • Enable potential environmental or community concerns to be designed out of your plan or minimised.
  • Establish good communication between the parties involved.

In addition it may also reduce application delay and other costs.

The consultation must involve free and open discussion between all parties. It must be more than simply telling people what you intend to do. Their opinions, views and concerns must be properly recognised, acknowledged and addressed in your application.

You may carry out the consultation yourself or employ a qualified consultant to do it for you.

The persons who must be consulted and the extent of that consultation will be reflected in each case by the type of activity that you propose to carry out under the Resource Consent.

Discuss your proposal early with Council’s Customer Services Centre to gain mutual agreement on who will be consulted and when. The persons consulted may range from immediate neighbours only, to wider public consultation.

Wider consultation usually requires public or limited notification.

Following is a list of persons who may need consultation depending on the nature of your application:

  • Neighbours, adjacent landowners and occupiers
  • Public or other users of the resource
  • Te Runanga O Toa Rangatira
  • Department of Conservation
  • Environmental and other interest groups
  • Community organisations i.e. residents, ratepayers, progressive associations, churches etc.
  • Heritage New Zealand where applicable.

Consultation process

It is important you have Council agreement on how and when you will carry out your consultation before you start the process.

The persons being consulted must be supplied with accurate information setting out in straightforward non-technical language what you are proposing to do and how you intend to do it without room for misinterpretation or confusion.

You need to record all consultations made. The following is provided as a guide:

  • Consultation date.
  • Who was consulted?
  • Where and what form did the consultation take.
  • Details of other persons present.
  • The issues and/or topics discussed and concerns raised.
  • The decisions, resolutions or other outcomes reached.
  • Details of the persons dissenting from those decisions, resolutions or other outcomes reached.
  • Obtain neighbours written approval on Form 8A - Affected Person's Written Approval.

Affected persons who are not objecting to your application should:

  • Check and sign all application plans, drawings, reports and other supporting documentation.
  • Sign all subsequent amendments to those documents
  • Provide their written consent on Form 8A - Affected Person's Written Approval form.

Note: Conditional approvals are not acceptable.

Assessment of Environmental Effects

The concerns, issues or recommendations raised by the affected and other persons during consultation must be fully addressed in the Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) report to be submitted with your Resource Consent application.

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