Resource Consents in the Lakes A Zone (2006-2018)
- Resource consent numbers
- Resource consents triggered by Lake A rules
- Resource consents granted by activity
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.
This quantitative data has been sourced from the Rotorua Lakes Council in December 2019. This data is classified as secondary data and has been sourced from Ozone. It provides numerical information on resource consent numbers in the Lakes A Zone from 2006 to 2018. The data collected has room for error, and numbers are estimates. However, it indicates and identifies trends of resource consents being granted and therefore, helps forecast for the future.
Number of Consents
This report will only look at resource consents granted for the years 2006 to 2018. In this period, 296 resource consents were lodged for the Lakes A Zone, of those 256 consents were granted. The remaining 40 were refused, withdrawn, or remain on hold.
As identified in Figure 1, there was a high of 28 consents granted in 2010 and 2006, with a low of 6 consents granted in 2012. From 2013 to 2018 numbers have remained consistent between 17 and 25.
Consents by Policy Area
In 2006, there were 28 resource consents granted, 12 in the Tarawera Settlement Area (TS). This trend continued with the Tarawera Settlement Area accounting for greatest number of resource consents in most years. 32% of resource consents granted in the Lakes A Zone for the period 2006-2018 were for the Tarawera Settlement Area (an average of 6-7 consents per year).
The Okareka Settlement Area (OS) followed closely behind with the second-highest amount of applications. 23% of resource consents granted in the Lakes A Zone for the period 2006-2018 were for the Okareka Settlement Area (an average of 4-5 consents per year).
As identified in Figure 3, the least common policy areas for resource consents (1 or less granted on average per year) were:
- Okareka Bush Settlement (OBS)
- Okareka Less Sensitive (OLS)
- Tarawera Less Sensitive (TLS)
- Okataina Sensitive (OKS)
- Okataina Protection (OKP)
- Okaro Less Sensitive Rural (OKLSR)
- Rotokakahi Protection (RKP)
- Rotomahana Less Sensitive (RLSR)
- Rotomahana Sensitive (RTSR)
- Rotomahana Protection (RTP)
- Tikitapu Protection (TP)
- Western Sensitive Rural (WSR)
- Western Less Sensitive (WLS)
Figure 4 identifies the rules triggered by resource consents granted between 2006 to 2018. These categories are consistent with the Lakes A rules sub-categories.
The most common rules triggered were buffer rules (78) which equates to 21.5% of all rules triggered. This is followed by earthworks (12%) and height (9.5%).
The most common activity that triggered the rules for consents granted was garages/sleep outs/carports (14.5%), followed by new dwellings (13%), and additions to dwellings (10%).
As expected, the Okareka and Tarawera Settlement and Bush Settlement areas are the most popular for habitable buildings, which has been supported by the number of resource consents granted to the policy areas.
- 256 resource consents granted in the Lakes A Zone in 2006 to 2018.
- Overall, 32% (average of 6-7 per/year) resource consents granted were in the Tarawera Settlement Policy Area.
- Majority of resource consents that were granted triggered the buffer rule (21.5%).
- 14.5% of resource consents granted resulted in the activity of building a new garage, sleep out, or carport.
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