Selwyn District Plan Review

The Selwyn District Plan Review is currently underway. The review proposes changes in zoning and in the rules that apply to properties in the Selwyn District.  These changes have the potential to have a significant impact on what some land in the District can be used for. It is important that you identify whether your […]

Fast tracking the RMA

As a result of the effects of Covid-19 the ANZ bank predicts the New Zealand economy will be 10.4% smaller in December of this year than it was in January.  The Government is proposing stimulating the economy and providing employment by funding projects. This is proposed in association with fast tracking the Resource Management Act […]

A Renewed Appreciation for Public Playgrounds

A friend posted on social media today a photograph showing the sheer delight on her toddler’s face at being allowed to go outside to play.  This, after two months of lockdown in their Paris apartment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Here in New Zealand, people are also anticipating the easing of restrictions  as we move […]

Opportunities in Planning

As Machiavelli wrote, “Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis”. In the midst of the worldwide Covid-19 crisis, people all around the world are considering what the world will and could look like post-Covid-19. There are an increasing number of articles out there on this topic. The following is a brief summary of […]

Thinking Ahead – A Guide

The unknowns around New Zealand’s current Alert Level 4, and subsequent moves through the levels, coupled with unknowns as to when a vaccine will be available; when New Zealand’s borders can open, when international tourists will return, and what level of impact all of this will have on New Zealanders spending power will clearly have […]

Christmas closedown period for consent processing

If you’re planning to lodge an resource or building consent application in December or January, you’ll want to be aware of Council close down periods. The RMA sets statutory time limits for local authorities to process resource consent applications.  For example, councils have 20 working days to process a non-notified application. Over the Christmas and New […]

Naval Point Redevelopment

As stated in the headline in the Christchurch Press, “Redevelopment plans for Lyttelton’s Naval Point are finally being considered”. As a local resident I would definitely agree with the inclusion of the word “finally”, particularly when you consider that the previous marina was destroyed by a storm in 2000! The Council is asking for submissions […]

The Future of Akaroa Wharf

The quaint French influenced town of Akaroa holds a special place in the hearts of many.  The iconic Akaroa wharf is nearing the end of its useful life, and the Council is keen to hear your feedback on its future. Let them know what’s important to you, what you think works on the current wharf, […]