Congratulations To Our Clients | Council Cock Ups

Another month has flown by and we’re delighted for one of our clients who we’ve helped secure consent for them to construct a terraced housing development at the rear of their site and a standout stand-alone dwelling at the front!

Simple right?

Well the site just so happened to be a narrow strip of land with half of it (practically) submerged in a flood plain and significant overland flow path. 

Not to mention it was literally a waste dump (i.e. tyres and other inorganics) in a previous life. And did I say that it also had a steep grade of greater than 1:5 in parts and one dwelling is attached to a HNZ property to boot?

Correct, this is one that came with pretty much most things you can think of, but through clever design and a vision for making something out of literally nothing, we did it.

We’re now working hard helping them with a financing structure to take the project forward.

Congratulations to our clients who will go on to complete the development and make themselves a tidy fortune in a rapidly growing area.

Problems at Council

You might have seen the mire in this week’s news where applicants (in heritage areas notably Grey Lynn, Ponsonby etc) are being forced to re-apply for their Resource Consent due to an anomaly or incorrect interpretation of the overlays between the special character overlay and the Single House zone. 430 in total.

I really feel for these applicants and it must be highly stressful. I’m watching with interest how this will resolve. Especially as some of these property owners have already started works! There has to be some reasonableness from Council for this overwhelming cock up!

Get in touch if you want some help with your site, as you can see above, we love a challenge but also will be able to advise upon your risks at the outset so you can go in with eyes wide open before ploughing thousands of dollars into a bottomless pit.

It’s great to see the days becoming longer and lighter.  Wishing you a fantastic Spring ahead! 

Graeme Fan