The New Housing Supply Bill, if it becomes law, will force changes to all of New Zealand’s major city district plans. Cato Bolam Planning Director, Peter Reaburn outlines the impacts of the proposed new standards, in particular the significant change to the Single House Zone.
Prepared by Peter Reaburn, Director of Planning. The purpose of these notes is to provide preliminary information, advice and observations on the new Bill. While the notes are focussed on Auckland, the new Bill applies to all of New Zealand’s major (“Tier 1”) cities.
The entire Countryside Living zone is intended for rural residential living on the outskirts of Auckland, but it is the precinct overlays that determine what can be done in the way of subdivision. Here we take a close up look at the specifics of zones, the precinct overlays and what it all means in the south and north areas of the Auckland region.
Property Development – The Importance of Initial Development Feasibility and Concept Option Analysis
At Cato Bolam we work with a large range of clients, from first time developers and investors right up to large scale development experts. Whenever we are contacted about a new project one of the first questions that is common across the spectrum, is “what can I do with the site?” For less experienced developers we are also explaining the property development process and offering guidance on where to start.
Whangarei’s new urban plan has become operative. This brings a whole new range of development opportunities for urban areas, including unit titles, town houses and apartments. Simon Reiher, Director of our Whangarei office, outlines what is achievable within the urban areas following these changes.
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.