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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 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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The impact of consent notices when purchasing land

By Olivia Edwards, Graduate Planner, Baseline Group | Jun 17, 2022

Buying or selling a home can be a stressful time, and due diligence forms are a critical part of deciding if you ought to purchase a home.

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The Role of Planning in the Climate Change - Discussion for Agriculture

By Anna Bensemann, Senior Planner, Baseline Group Marlborough | Jun 07, 2022

The decisions made around how we reduce emissions and how land is managed to reduce risks from climate change, does indeed effect how farms are run on a day-to-day basis.

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How might Development Contributions affect you?

By Thomas Holmes, Planner, Baseline Group | May 23, 2022

Make sure to consider Development Contributions whilst planning for your next project.

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Negotiating with Neighbours Under the RMA

By Anna Bensemann, Senior Planner, Baseline Group Marlborough | Apr 29, 2022

You have rights when it comes to deciding if you want to give your written approval to a project neighbouring your property.

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The dream of subdividing your land

By Anna Bensemann, Senior Planner, Baseline Group | Apr 08, 2022

Subdivision of land is often depicted as being an effective way to maximise the value of your land.

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