If you have townhouses and terraced houses springing up in your neighbourhood, you may be wondering how Auckland Council can allow this, and what the Whau Local Board can do about it.
To develop and/or subdivide land a resource consent is needed, which is an approval to use a ‘resource’ such as land. There is a legal framework for the process to gain a resource consent as outlined in the Resource Management Act 1991 and the regional plans and policy statements that sit underneath it. In Auckland the Auckland Unitary Plan determines where and how development can occur. This framework sets out clear rules and guidelines about how decisions are made and contested, and it limits the potential in our country for corruptive practices between local government members and developers sometimes seen in other countries.