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If you are applying for a resource consent you must consult with any parties who might be affected by the work you wish to undertake.
Not only does this give affected people the opportunity to have their say about the ways in which your project might impact on them, including them in this process means they are more likely to be supportive of you and your proposal.
It is also a requirement of the Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) to include a statement that details what consultation was undertaken. The statement should include any responses you have to the views of those consulted.
In cases where we believe it would be unrealistic to identify all the affected people, it is likely that your application will have to be notified. Similarly, if you have consulted with affected parties and some do not give their approval, your application will have to be notified.
Consultation is not merely telling, presenting or notifying people about your proposal. Consultation should be seen as an opportunity for you to explain what you propose to do and to allow people to decide how it may affect them. They may ask you to modify your proposal to address their specific concerns, so it is important to enter consultation with an open mind.
It is good practice to identify the actual and potential effects of the proposal on the parties you are consulting with before you begin consultation. You might need to provide further information following the initial consultation.
In your consultation you should provide enough time and accurate information for the affected parties to make informed and well thought-out decisions. You should consider preparing some written material and sketches of your ideas to help the people you are consulting with to get a clear idea of what you are proposing.
Ask us to identify who (if anyone) we consider to be adversely affected by your application for a resource consent. We assess who is affected by a proposal on a case-by-case basis. The level of consultation required will depend on the nature and scale of the resource consent application. You need to consult with all affected people.
People who might be adversely affected by your proposal include the following:
Yes. Consultation with tangata whenua will clarify whether or not they will be affected by the proposed activity. Some tangata whenua groups prefer consultation to be undertaken by us, while other groups are happy to be approached directly by the applicant.
We can help you identify the correct tangata whenua group or groups and can inform you of the process for consulting with them.
After you have consulted with us, affected parties and tangata whenua, and you are happy that the environmental effects of your proposal are addressed in your AEE, you can then seek the written consent of affected parties.
Accurate well-drawn site plans and elevation plans are an essential part of most resource consent applications.
The site plan needs to be to scale, showing:
Elevation plans should be to a recognised metric scale and:
All plans should be able to be photocopied, and preferably drawn in ink. Where plans are larger than A3 in size, A3 or A4 reductions of the plans which clearly show the reduced scale are also required.
Once an affected person has supplied their written approval of an activity we cannot take into account any adverse effects that activity may have on them. However, if someone who has given written approval changes their mind after signing their form, they may withdraw their approval at any time prior to a decision being made on the application. To withdraw their approval of an application, the affected person must advise us in writing.
When we receive your application, it will be thoroughly assessed to see if all adversely affected parties have given their approval. If this is not the case, you may be asked to approach additional people to seek their written approval so that your application can be processed on a non-notified basis.
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