A rush to get building projects on the books before
increases in development contributions take effect resulted in
the Dunedin City Council last month receiving the highest
number of resource consent applications for one month.
However, council staff say they do not think the rush will
translate into a rash of building projects around the city.
Resource consents manager Alan Worthington said the council
received 174 applications in June, compared with an average
of 87 received each month for the past 16 years.
The previous record was 165 applications received in June
2008, when the economy was ''really humming''.
The new development contribution policy ensures developers,
rather than ratepayers, pay more of the infrastructure
charges associated with new developments in the city.
Aside from some areas of Mosgiel, the old policy only charged
a development contribution for reserves, of $250 per section,
compared with other cities which charged on average about
$12,000 per household unit.
The council recently adopted a new policy of up to $5300 per
equivalent household unit in the Dunedin city area.
Mr Worthington said an increase in applications, although not
that level of increase, had been anticipated ahead of the new
policy being introduced on July 1.
Despite the number of applications, he did not believe the
city would suddenly see a dramatic increase in building
When people applied for a resource consent they had five
years in which to build.
With a subdivision, they had a further three years on top of
''Many of those who made their consent applications last
month will have been forward planning, anticipating an
increase in development contributions.''
He noted the last significant rise in the number of resource
consent applications was in 2011, when the council initially
intended to introduce the development contributions policy,
but it was put on hold for a review.
June's applications were predominantly residential, ranging
from dividing individual sections to larger subdivision
The increased workload would be managed by focusing some
staff solely on consent processing and the use of consultants
if necessary, Mr Worthington said.