Subdividing on Hazard-Prone Land

Understanding potential natural hazards when considering subdivision is important and can be challenging.

Territorial authorities are tasked with controlling the effects of land to avoid or mitigate hazards. Section 106 of the RMA enables consent authorities to refuse to grant subdivision consent where the land, structure or use of the land is likely to be subject to, worsen, or result in material damage from specified natural hazards (being erosion, falling debris, subsidence, slippage or inundation).

It is recognised that not all hazard-prone land will be easily identifiable at the time when a District or City plan is being prepared. In fact, it’s often not until the time of detailed site analysis for a subdivision application that the council may become aware of potential risks.

Therefore, a council has the discretion to be able to allow the subdivision of hazard-prone land if the applicant can demonstrate that they can adequately address any adverse environmental effects.

There are potential risks for both the council and an applicant or developer surrounding the subdivision of hazard-prone land and they should be addressed both at the time of plan preparation and during resource consent assessment. That is why access to good information at critical decision points is important.

At the Surveying Company, we work through the whole process with you from start to finish and a subdivision feasibility report is often the best place to start. It allows us to provide our clients with well researched information so you can understand the risks and opportunities likely to be involved and make the best decision for you.

For trusted advice, get in touch with us our professional team. We offer land surveying and subdivision services throughout the Wellington, Wairarapa, Kapiti and Horowhenua regions.

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