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    Planners join Government in urging councils to keep consenting

    The lockdown is a prime opportunity for councils to clear any consent backlogs, minimising potential delays to development projects when restrictions end, the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) said today.

    “We support the Government’s appeal to councils that encourage them to continue consenting during the COVID-19 crisis,” says NZPI Chair Karyn Sinclair.

    “The majority of consents are cost-recoverable. At a time when councils are facing a down-turn in income streams it makes economic sense to take advantage of the quieter period and clear as many consents as possible – which will also mean there is work ready to go when we come out of lockdown.”

    Minister for the Environment David Parker sent a letter to councils last week urging them to use the lockdown to clear a backlog of development consents, creating a pipeline of projects to help stimulate the economy.

    “Control over planning and consenting functions rests almost entirely with councils. These functions have essential service status because of the crucial role they play in the operation of the economy,” states the letter, which was sent to mayors, council chairs and local government chief executives.

    “I urge you to address any consenting backlogs you have, so projects that employ people are not unnecessarily delayed once the COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. I encourage chief executives and governing bodies to pay special attention to backlogs, and to thereby play an important part in getting the economy rolling again.”

    Councils can use a range of innovative tools to help process consents without the need for site visits, says Karyn.

    “Councils have Geographic Information Systems, along with access to aerial photographs and mapped networks. These tools can be used to process the majority of consents under the current constraints, while still retaining core planning principles, to ensure developments are not delayed unnecessarily.

    “Now is the time for councils to respond innovatively, and we encourage them to use this time to help position the economy for recovery. There is no reason why consents cannot be processed during the lockdown, ensuring regional projects are not side-lined.”

    -ENDS-
    I have contacted my source re. getting existing consents extended beyond 2 years to compensate for time lost during the lockdown levels and disruption to the industry.

    regards,

    Donna
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    Now is the time for councils to respond innovatively
    Oh, that was a good laugh. Thanks for that.
    Squadly dinky do!

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    • #3
      I had went to our local Mayor about this at the start of the lockdown--he was annoyed to learn that they wernt processing consents. They soon were

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      • #4
        Originally posted by motivated View Post
        I had went to our local Mayor about this at the start of the lockdown--he was annoyed to learn that they wernt processing consents. They soon were
        Council:

        Covid 19! Stop work!

        It's a Tuesday! Stop work!

        It's after 3pm! Stop work!

        I'm feeling a bit tired! Stop work!


        ...
        Squadly dinky do!

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        • #5
          The response I got was vague as you'd expect. Yes they should, but there's no rule to say they must, so it's at the discretion of each council. So current BCs are every day getting closer to expiry yet we haven't been allowed to do any building for weeks. Now there's a backlog too, so get in the queue for your tradie and there's no firm commitment if or when they'll do the work. All the while the Councils sign off more BCs and they too join the queue. There needs to be a directive on extending current BCs by at least 6 months to give the industry time to catch up.

          cheers,

          Donna
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          BusinessBlogs - the best business articles are found here

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