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Rural land development

Rural land development

With its own specific set of rules and regulations, land development in rural areas requires specialist expertise. Our inside knowledge of how councils and government agencies work, and how applications for resource consent are reviewed and approved, means we can prepare all of the required documentation and get you through the process as quickly as possible.

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Get your project right from the start

Get your project right from the start

Whether you need us for just one aspect of a project, or a complete package solution, our land development team works together for you, creating developments that will meet applicable council requirements and manage the design of urban and suburban areas. We understand the compatibility of different land uses and know how to negotiate the best outcome for your development

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Services you may need us for and examples of the kinds of projects we assist on:

  • Boundary adjustments/selling a portion of property to your neighbour;

  • Land use and resource consent to erect structures in restricted rural zones;

  • Boundary fences/knowing who owns which piece of land - we offer cost-effective alternatives to pegging the boundary that still get your desired end result;

  • Resource consent for bridges

  • Underpass design and consent

  • Stormwater and wastewater discharge consent

  • Downsizing/selling off portions of a large farm

  • Structural demolition consent

Blog articles

Why we have such complicated septic tank disposal rules

Why we have such complicated septic tank disposal rules

When extending a dwelling in the rural environment and you don’t have access to council sewer, it’s important to be aware of the potential issues you are uncovering. Find out what you should consider for your septic tank to meet the standards

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Is the RMA really the problem?

Is the RMA really the problem?

For years we have heard the issue that development gets held up because of resource consents and this adds significant costs and delays to development. Is the RMA to blame for this or is it the way developers and councils work together to achieve positive planning outcomes?

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Buildings under exemptions may still need resource consent

Buildings under exemptions may still need resource consent

Recently Government announced exemptions to the Building Act which mean building consents may no longer be required for small builds. Before you rush out to buy building materials be aware that the devil is in the detail.

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Cross lease titles - an overview

Cross lease titles - an overview

Find out more about the ins and outs of cross-leases and how ownership over a household unit is determined by the title.

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The importance of knowing your boundaries

The importance of knowing your boundaries

Land is an important asset and discussions with neighbours over where the boundary lies between properties can occasionally be problematic. This is particularly relevant if your land contains trees, good grazing land, streams,rivers or a coastal margin. It’s helpful to know your rights and obligations when it comes to property boundaries.

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Minimum car parking requirements to be chopped from new urban developments

Minimum car parking requirements to be chopped from new urban developments

Car parking requirements change for new urban developments are due to be on the chopping block within 18 months under new planning provisions.

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Rural allotment sizes set to double in West Selwyn rural zones

Rural allotment sizes set to double in West Selwyn rural zones

With new changes being made to planning provisions in the Selwyn District, see how the minimum allotment sizes increase for rural subdivisions in the western part of the Selwyn District.

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