The initial public consultation round for the proposed Natural and Built Environments Act (NBA) is now underway, with public submissions on a recently released Draft to be considered by a Select Committee later this year. Cato Bolam’s Planning Director Peter Reaburn, discusses what we know so far and the questions yet to be answered.
With the Unitary Plan now finalised, an existing good quality wetland, either identified as Significant Ecological Area (SEA) on the planning maps, or meeting the SEA quality standards, can generate an ability to subdivide. The final rules, also allow for the restoration of degraded wetlands with the aim of the wetland being designated to be SEA.
Stormwater 2021, run by Water New Zealand’s Stormwater Group, was held in Tauranga in May 2021 and attended by Cato Bolam’s Glenn Wright, Senior Civil Engineer. Glenn reports back on the conference and a number of changes that the industry is going through.
The Environment Court decision on Auckland’s Rural Subdivision Rules preserve subdivision rights that encourage environmental protection and restoration in rural zones. This is a win for the environment, and landowners, at a time when the importance of restoring and protecting the environment is receiving ever more prominence.
Myles Goodwin, Planning & Environmental Director at Cato Bolam, provides an update on the rural development landscape for 2021 and the rules applied to the rural zones within the Auckland Unitary Plan.
Countryside Living zones are zones on the outskirts of Auckland where provision is made for rural living on small blocks. Myles Goodwin, Planning & Environmental Director at Cato Bolam, explains further the definition of these zones and the ability to use Transferable Development Rights (TDR) in northern Auckland.