By Jeff Irving – Survey Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Given the opportunity, subdividing to create a number of sections and titles can be a profitable exercise. In residential cases, we commonly see clients build two homes on their land. And in larger developments, clients have transformed large greenspaces into new subdivisions.
But while the profit margin on subdivisions and developments can be great, they shrink each time your local council requests further information in your application for resource consent. It’s possible to go through this lengthy process on your own, but the easiest way to eliminate the risk is to work with people who understand the ins and outs of each document required to make an application.
These documents vary depending on where your development is located, but we’ve outlined how each works here.
Your council’s district plan contains everything you need to know about the size, shape and access requirements of property in your area. They also let you identify what kind of zone you live in, which is important to understand because different zones have different rules around access to existing infrastructure such as water and electricity, and they can also limit the scale of what you may be planning to develop.
It can be easy to mistake the requirements of your zone if you’re not familiar with them, but our understanding of these plans helps us create the parts of your proposal that outline the development’s impact on the existing environment.
With any subdivision or development project comes an increase in demand on the city’s existing infrastructure. Resources we take for granted, such as water access and local parks, are created and maintained to service a specific number of residents within a given area; so being able to accurately
calculate your contribution will help keep your application moving.
In projects where infrastructure needs to be created or enhanced, your city’s Infrastructure Design Standards (IDS) will dictate the technical requirements of everything from drainage and water supply to
roads. These standards are something that surveyors and engineers work with regularly, and in any case, they will be required to draw plans for any new work.
Combined with an understanding of the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Local Government Act 2002, the rules around creating a new subdivision can be incredibly technical and daunting to anyone attempting to subdivide with no prior experience.
For this reason, we always recommend working with professionals that understand these documents and council processes. Our planning expertise, combined with the fact we have all three services required for development projects under one roof, allows us to work collaboratively to create successful applications that stand up to legal requirements and give your investment the best possible chance to get the return you’re expecting.
As full-service consultants, Baseline Group is able to offer friendly and professional advice on all matters relating to Surveying, Planning and Engineering. Feel free to chat with us to get the information you need to make an informed decision or find out what sets the Baseline Group apart.