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Housing Intensification – Not for Everyone Says CCC

By By Anna Bensemann, Senior Planner, Baseline Group | Sep 28, 2022

Christchurch City Council (CCC) recently voted against notifying a plan change to give effect to the Government Housing Intensification legislation. Meanwhile, Selwyn District, along with most other local authorities in New Zealand, notified new rules in August to meet its obligations under the intensification plan. Provisions notified under this legislation have immediate legal effect and allow for up to three dwellings per property in specified urban areas; in the case of the Selwyn District this is the Rolleston, Lincoln and Prebbleton urban areas.

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Change isn't coming, it's here!

By By Sally Elford, Senior Planner Baseline Group Email | Sep 22, 2022

You may have read or heard about the amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) with respect to enabling housing intensification. The amendments required certain Councils to adopt the Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS) into their District Plans. In Canterbury, this includes Selwyn District, Waimakariri District and Christchurch City Councils.

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Who Pays for Infrastructure in Greenfield Land Development?

By By Anna Bensemann, Senior Planner, Baseline Group. | Aug 29, 2022

Development of large areas of land to allow for additional residential housing in Selwyn is at an all-time high, with the region experiencing multiple privately initiated plan change requests. These requests usually seek to allow farmland on the edge of townships to be converted to residential zones. There is much dispute if this is a good thing or not, or if we should instead be accommodating people within the existing urban extent of Selwyn’s townships.

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Have your say on Development Projects

By Rose Leighton, Planner, Baseline Group | Aug 15, 2022

As part of a resource consent process, applications have to go through a notification test to determine who needs to be made aware of the development and be given the opportunity to have their say. This is referred to as limited notification (only certain parties are considered affected) or public notification (open to the public and anyone can make a submission).

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Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes - effect on farming

By By Anna Bensemann, Senior Planner, Baseline Group | Aug 02, 2022

From time to time a Council will review its planning documents or look to update them in light of changes to the common understanding of best practice planning. The Resource Management Act (RMA) also requires a review of each planning provision every 10 years to ensure its still relevant for similar reasons.

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State highways, noise and reverse sensitivity: what’s the buzz?

By Oscar Savage, Graduate Planner, Baseline Group | Jul 29, 2022

The expansion of Selwyn’s towns and economies requires access via state highways for efficient transport of people and goods. The importance of state highways and residential development can result in the two competing land uses in close proximity to one another, resulting in spill over effects of noise, vibration, and dust. In anticipation and response to this Waka Kotahi (NZTA) have actively been working with district plan updates to create legislative instruments designed to protect property owners from any unwelcome surprises.

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Planning land use to be resilient to natural hazards

By By Anna Bensemann, Senior Planner | Jul 26, 2022

There is an increasing concern about climate change, greater reports of extreme weather events resulting in flooding, landslides, and coastal inundation and the potential effect on our urban and rural landscapes. The dreams of owning a house overlooking the beach, are in some instances, literally slipping away. In other cases, new information and flood modelling has identified greater risk as a result of where we have historically chosen to develop land.

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Boundary disputes – What are they and how can you resolve them?

By Kerryn Penn, Planner | Jul 26, 2022

For most people, purchasing their own home will be their biggest investment. Whether it’s your first time or not, you undoubtedly want the experience to be positive with no unexpected issues. To avoid any surprises, it is important that you undertake comprehensive due diligence. This includes checking the Record of Title and associated survey plan to ensure everything is true and correct, especially the sites' boundaries as to avoid any potential boundary disputes between neighbours.

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A recent Baseline Group project was recognised at the 2022 Canterbury Architecture Awards

By Jeff Irving | Jul 19, 2022

Thirty buildings around Canterbury all scooped up the prestigious awards from the Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Local Architecture Awards this year, with a range of styles, new and old, recognised.

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Highly Productive Soils – Big Picture Thinking vs Private Landowners Needs

By Anna Bensemann, Senior Planner, Baseline Group Marlborough | Jun 26, 2022

The expansion of our towns and cities, and our ever-growing obsession with rural lifestyle blocks has been threatening the viability of our productive soils for many decades.

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