Tips for Developers
Ecological Assessments/ Assessments of Environmental Effects (AEEs) are required under the Resource Management Act for any activity that may potentially impact on the environment. Penalties for killing or disturbing the habitat of protected wildlife carries fines of up to $100,000 plus $10,000 per head of wildlife affected, under the Wildlife Act, 1953 (s67A).
Your development project is more likely to gain consent, and within a shorter timeframe, by considering the following:
Address any potential impacts early in your development plans. This could avoid the potential costs of redesigning your project at later stages.
Approach us early and avoid repeat surveys: Some ecological surveys need to be carried out at specific times of the year in order to provide credible information. Surveys conducted outside of these times may not be considered valid and are unlikely to hold up at hearings or in the environment court. Approach us early to allow for an adequate time frame for your project.
Don’t assume there won’t be an ecological issue- Protected and threatened species often occur in derelict, degraded and overgrown areas throughout New Zealand. Address these potential issues by way of a thorough ecological assessment.
You can also reduce the costs of your project by:
Keeping your development site tidy: Allowing rubbish to build up or vegetation to become overgrown prior to works commencing can encourage protected and threatened species to move onto your site, or spread to other areas of your site. This could increase the potential costs of mitigation.
Remember, habitat enhancement and ecological mitigation can also provide positive publicity for your project.
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