Consents rise puts pressure on
People wanting building consents and inspections can expect delays due to a ‘‘significant increase’’ in the number of applications being processed in Central Otago.
In its quarterly report, the Central Otago District Council warns of the increase of building consent applications affecting processing times and building inspections going forward.
‘‘To assist in relieving the issue, we have employed an additional building control officer who is based in the Cromwell office.’’
Figures for the last quarter (April 1 to June 30), show 297 building consents were issued at a value of $33,746,813.
‘‘The number of consents received in this quarter was up 33 per cent and the value had an increase of 52.2 per cent when compared to the same period last year.’’
Due to increased interest in property development in the region, staff were also managing greater workloads dealing with customer inquiries, including Land Information Memorandums (LIM) reports and property inquiries, the report says.
For the 2016 quarter, 266 LIM reports were completed, up 33 per cent from the 2015 quarter.
Cromwell has experienced the greatest number of resource consent applications, with 143 for the last quarter to the value of $24.4m. Of those, 54 consents were for new dwellings worth $18.6m. The Vincent Ward - which includes the Alexandra, Earnscleugh and Manuherikia wards - had 109 resource consents processed to the value of $7.5m. Of those, 17 were for new dwellings to the value of $5.5.m. The Maniototo and Teviot Valley had 26 and 17 consents processed respectively.
Cromwell-based developer Dave Horton, whose company Horton Developments Ltd started the Gair Estate development in 2005, followed by The Rise development, said in 2006 sections were selling as fast as they were put on the market, but then ‘‘the lights went off’’.
‘‘You couldn’t sell anything. You couldn’t give anything away.’’
In about November 2015, the market came back and prices had completely changed. Sections that once might have sold for $150,000 to $160,000 - if that - were now selling for well into the $200,000s, he said.
‘‘It is to the point you can’t even buy a section because there is nothing for sale.’’
Sections within Gair Estate had sold within three months and the titles were expected to come out at the start of September, he said.
‘‘People are eager to get started...You only have to look at Summerfields Estate and count 12 to 15 houses under construction.’’
Cromwell premier rugby players pose for photos following their 21-18 win over Maniototo in the Central Otago final at Molyneux Park, Alexandra on Saturday. It is the first time Cromwell has finished on top in the competition since 1981 and the first time it has won a final since 1970. Full story and photos, page 26.