Council's regulatory performance looks bright

Waimakariri District Council has released a five-year summary of its regulatory performance for the first time.

The past five years has seen unprecedented growth across the District, both in residential and commercial activity. While some of this can be attributed to the Canterbury earthquakes, it also highlights that the District is a desirable area to live and invest in.

In terms of residential growth in 2016, consents for new dwellings are still above the previous pre-earthquake high of 624 set in 2004. In 2009, 329 consents were issued for new dwellings in that calendar year.

Council's quick processing time for LIMs and PIMs (five working days) and extremely low percentage of consents issued outside of statutory timeframes helps to support those who are buying and selling as well as those who are building.

Commercial growth in the District has also been increasing year on year with a record $100 million dollars of commercial consenting approved in the 2015-16 financial year. While this reflects the rebuilding of Blackwell's Department Store in Kaiapoi, the new Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre and Farmers in Rangiora, there is also a lot of commercial/industrial activity outside of earthquake rebuilds.

This includes the growth of business in Southbrook and Smith Street in Kaiapoi, growth in the dairy industry as well as the significant investment by the Ministry of Education into the District's schools due to the growing population.

The Council is continuing to improve its regulatory processes so that it can meet the requirements of its community and make the Waimakariri District one of the best places to live and to do business in.


Contact: Lynley Beckingsale

Phone: 03 311 8900