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Countryside Living Subdivision

A Close Up Look at Countryside Living Subdivision

November 2021

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.

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Importance of Development Feasibility and Concept Option Analysis

Property Development – The Importance of Initial Development Feasibility and Concept Option Analysis

October 2021

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.

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Whangarei Urban Plan Changes Now Operative - new opportunities

Whangarei Urban Plan Changes Now Operative – New Opportunities

September 2021

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.

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RMA Reform Natural and Built Environments Act (NBA)

RMA Reform – It’s Still a “Watch this Space”

August 2021

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.

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Wetlands Environment and Landowner Advantages

Wetlands – Environment and Landowner Advantages

June 2021

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. 

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AGLA Land and Groundwater Conference 2021

ALGA Land and Groundwater Conference 2021

June 2021

The 2021 Land and Groundwater conference was attended by Cato Bolam’s Greg Beck, Land Contamination Principal. Greg reports back on the conference and a number of new developments within the contaminated land industry.

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