Board seeks greater say in resource consents

Publish Date : 26 Apr 2016
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Orakei Local Board member Troy Churton outside the character home on Seaview Road, Remuera.

Ōrākei Local Board wants to have more input into whether resource consent applications are notified.

“As the portfolio head for regulatory, planning and bylaw matters, I am called on for representative comment on some types of application,” says local board member Troy Churton.

“But the ultimate decision rests with processing planners.” A recent example of the need for local board involvement in the resource consent process was a proposal to demolish a character home on Seaview Road in Remuera, which was not notified.

Neighbours successfully sought a judicial review of the decision not to notify. Applications to demolish buildings built before 1944 are often processed on a non-notified basis despite the board’s view in some cases being that the applications should be notified.

“In the Seaview Road case, I recommended that the strong street character and heritage in the area warranted the council exercising its discretion to notify the application to demolish,” Troy Churton says.

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