An after-hours planning service will be trialled by the
Queenstown Lakes District Council for two months, with the
aim of helping people who cannot access planning advice
during normal working hours.
Resource consenting manager Blair Devlin said from tomorrow a
resource consent planner would work the ''late shift'' every
Wednesday evening, providing planning information and
assistance for those who were not able to raise their
planning issues or queries during the day.
Mr Devlin said the idea came about when it was realised some
people had difficulty taking time off to get the advice they
needed before applying for resource consents.
The free service is being trialled to assess demand, and
appointments will be able to be made to discuss all resource
consenting issues, including home projects, tourism and
business ventures, temporary events and the requirements to
register holiday homes as short-term visitor accommodation.
The After Hours Planning Clinic would provide valuable
assistance and result in ''more robust'' planning
applications, which could be processed more efficiently,
saving time and costs for customers, Mr Devlin said.
Planner David Wallace would be available between 5pm and 9pm
on Wednesdays, by appointment only.
Those who could not come to the council's offices could make
an appointment to talk to Mr Wallace by phone during these