Resource consents in the Lakes A Zone


Resource consent number and types granted

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Purpose of monitoring

 
The purpose of monitoring resource consent numbers and types is to identify whether the objectives, policies and rules for the Lakes A Zone are effective and what kind of changes to the environment might be expected.
 

Current trends

 
The number of resource consents granted in the Lakes A Zone remained steady from 2006/07 to 2010/11 during which time between 15 and 23 consents were granted per year. In 2011/12 there was a low number of resource consents granted (7) as shown in figure 1. As expected, the most common policy areas for applications and consents granted during the same time period are the Tarawera Settlement (46) and Okareka Settlement (25). The least common policy areas for consent applications were Okataina Protection (1) and Okaro Less Sensitive Policy areas (1).  
         

 

Figure 1
Source: Rotorua District Council


Figure 2
Source: Rotorua District Council


Figure 3

The most common Lakes A rule triggered was earthworks, followed by buffers and height rules. This is also reflected in the types of activities granted. The most common (in order) were for external additions and alterations, garage/sleep out/carport, earthworks and new dwellings.
 

Figure 5 shows half of all subdivision consents were boundary adjustments not resulting in new lots. Eight subdivision consents granted from 2006 to 2012 resulted in 56 new lots granted. Of these only 13 were created (have s224 approval), while the other 43 lots remain as potential lots. The ‘Crater Lake’ subdivision consent was granted in 2008 however there was an appeal to the Environment Court and the consent took effect in 2009. This consent resulted in 40 potential new lots (Tarawera sensitive rural, figure 5).

In general, trends in figures 1 to 4 show that resource consents in the Lakes A Zone are in keeping with the policy intent. Further work will be done as part of District Plan effectiveness reporting to analyse the number of consents granted that triggered earthworks, height and buffer rules.
 


Figure 4
Source: Rotorua District Council
 
 

 

Figure 5
Source: Rotorua District Council

In Summary

  • The most common Lakes A policy areas for resource consents are the Tarawera Settlement (46) and Okareka Settlement (25).
  • The least common policy areas for resource consent applications were Okataina Protection (1) and Okaro Less Sensitive (1) policy areas.
  • All resource consents applied for in the Lakes A Zone were granted
  • The most common Lakes A rule triggered was earthworks, followed by encroaching into buffers and height rules.
  • Half of all subdivision consents were boundary adjustments not resulting in new lots.
  • There were 8 freehold subdivision consents granted from 2006 to 2012 that resulted in 56 new lots granted.
  • Only 13 new lots gained certificate of title (have s224 approval)

 

Further information sources

www.rdc.govt.nz

www.boprc.govt.nz

www.mfe.govt.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page reviewed: 17 Dec 2013 11:09am