Preparing an assessment of environmental effects (AEE) for a resource consent application is easy if you tackle it in steps.
Step 1: Identify the activities for which a resource consent is sought
What is it exactly that you intend to do? Which District Plan rule/s will your project breach? How will it affect the environment? You will need to think about your proposal and how it will change the site you intend to use or develop.
There are two ways in which resource consent applications can be processed – notified or non-notified. The Resource Management Act 1991 provides specific guidance to councils who must decide whether or not an application is to be notified.
Frequently asked questions about Resource Consents - what they are, whether you need one and how to go about it.
What is a Resource Consent?
A Resource Consent is the Council's permission to carry out an activity which may have an impact on the environment. Resource Consents should not be confused with Building Consents, which involve buildings and structures - you may need both depending on your project.
The Resource Management Act does not specify who you must consult with when preparing a resource consent application. However, it is a good idea to identify and consult with all people who you think might be adversely affected by, or have some form of interest, in your proposal.