Welcome to Otorohanga District Council
The purpose of Council's Planning function is to ensure that developments, building projects or other uses of land in the District are in accordance with the expectations of residents of the District and relevant regulatory or statutory requirements in respect of the effect of the associated activities on the environment.
To achieve this, any proposed development, building project or other land use will be assessed against the Otorohanga District Plan, and Resource Consents may be required for particular activities to be undertaken.
Resource Consents can be broken down into two main categories:
If the activities associated with the proposal are not 'Permitted Activities' in the District Plan or otherwise do not meet the standards and rules within that Plan, you will need to apply for a Resource Consent.
Knowing whether you will require a Resource Consent is not always straightforward. Many proposals involve a number of different activities, which may or may not comply with the requirements of the District Plan.
It is recommended that you seek advice from Council's District Planner regarding the Resource Consent requirements for your proposal before making an application. If your proposal is relatively simple the District Planner will be able to give you useful advice regarding the activities associated with your proposal and how they relate to the District Plan.
If however you proposed project or activity is large and/or complex Council's District Planner may advise you to employ a planning consultant to properly conduct the more extensive process required to assess it in relation to the requirements of the District Plan.
Application for and processing of Resource Consents is subject to the requirements of the Resource Management Act, and can be complex.
For some relatively simple activities it may be realistic for a property owner or developer to make their own application for a consent, but in many cases it may be preferable for the owner or developer to employ a suitably skilled and experienced specialist planning consultant, who fully understands the Resource Consent process and its associated requirements, to manage the application for them.
Delays and other problems with the processing of Resource Consents are often associated with the application documents either not adequately describing all of the activities associated with a project, or providing this information in the wrong form. Employing a suitable consultant to manage your application, whilst an additional cost, often represents a very good investment.
Council's District Planner is happy to provide advice on when it may be in your best interests to engage a consultant, and we encourage property owners and developers to obtain such advice at the start of their project.
Resource consent application, particularly for subdivisions, can involve many parties and their consultants. Applicants should set a realistic timeframe for the completion of their project and seek advice on process timelines from their planning consultants and Council staff prior to commencing the application.
The following information sheets and application forms provide comprehensive guidance on the Resource Consent process.
See Forms A-Z.
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment - PCE
Environment Waikato Regional Council - EW
Department of Conservation - DOC
New Zealand Environmental Risk Management Authority - ERMA
New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority - EECA
Land Information New Zealand - LINZ
Transit New Zealand
Heritage New Zealand
New Zealand Archaeological Association - NZAA
Royal Forest and Bird Society of New Zealand Inc.
Queen Elizabeth II National Trust
New Zealand Landcare Trust
Environmental Defence Society - EDS
Some activities, such as those within, near to or otherwise affecting a stream, river, lake or coastal area, or activities which may impact on air or soil quality, may require a Resource Consent from the Waikato Regional Council instead of, or in addition to, a consent from Otorohanga District Council.
For further information on such requirements either contact Waikato Regional Council directly on 0800 400 401 or speak with Council's District Planner.
Please note that when contacting thr District Planner about a specific property, please ensure that you have the legal description of the property, or at least the correct physical address. Without these details of your property it is often difficult to answer questions, as different areas within the District may be subject to different planning rules.