Cross Lease to Free Simple Conversion

In March 2012, I published an article on cross lease to fee simple conversions.  At the time it was stated that Council’s expectation was that services had to be brought up to current Council standards.  This particularly applied to Auckland Council. Since publishing that post, there have been a consistent level of enquiries from owners …

Managing Contaminants in Soil (NES)

National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil (NES) Subdivision of land now triggers the requirement under the NES to establish whether or not the current or past use of the land has had an activity occur on it that is listed on the Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL). http://www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/managing-environmental-risks/contaminated-land/is-land-contaminated/hazardous-activities-industries-list.pdf Where an …

Tauranga City Council – Nett Site area

Tauranga City Council has now resolved appeals to the Proposed City Plan through the Environment Court including the definition of Nett Site Area which remains unchanged. For residential sites which are potentially subdividable, this means that any new sites being created must be 325 m2 excluding any area required for driveways. However, the Tauranga City …

Proposed Tauranga City Plan – Latest Rules

Environmental Policy Proposed Tauranga City Plan – Site Coverage, Nett Site Area and Outdoor Living Area All appeals to the Proposed City Plan in relation to site coverage, nett site area and outdoor living area rules in the Suburban Residential Zone were resolved by an Environment Court Consent Order on the 25 February 2012. The …

Sustainable development – a joint undertaking

All towns require growth to be sustainable. With growth comes the opportunity to upgrade old infrastructure and modernize the area. Without growth, the only other source of income for the council to maintain current levels of service will be from Rates increases, which are unattainable. Alternatively, privatization with “pay as use ”model – Toll Roads, …