Subdividing land a bit of a process

There is a bit of a process in subdividing land, as Farmer Freddy finds out.

Farmer Freddy is enjoying a coffee while reading the paper after milking one morning. After reading a story about someone who did very well out of subdividing part of their land, he sits back to muse.

He has been thinking about subdividing his smaller block and selling it off so he decides to call his daughter, Pebbles, to have a chat about it.

"Pebbles, I‘ve decided to sell the block across the road. I'm going to get a real estate agent out later to get things moving."

"Now hold your horses, Dad" Pebbles says. "There are a fair few things you need to do before you start to talk with an agent."

"Oh, like what?" says Freddy.

"Well," Pebbles replies, "the first thing to do is to work out how many sections you're going to subdivide the land into.

"A surveyor can help you with that and can then prepare a scheme plan for you that shows the proposed subdivision. You need to submit the plan as part of your Resource Consent application to the council."

"A resource consent!" Freddy exclaims. "Why?"

"It's because subdivision is not something that you're automatically allowed to do on your land under the District Plan. The council will assess your proposed subdivision to see whether it meets the conditions in the plan, whether there are any affected parties, whether it needs to be notified, and whether any conditions should be put on the consent, if granted. Those conditions could include what services (say, sewerage) or vehicle crossings need to be created and documented."

"When can I start showing people over the sections?"

"Once the resource consent has been granted, the surveyor will come and peg out all of the boundaries and prepare a final plan. Once that plan has been prepared, you could get an agent to start marketing the sections, although any sales would still be subject to new certificates of title being issued by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). The titles will be issued once the final plan has been approved by the council and submitted, with any necessary easements, to LINZ," Pebbles says.

"So how long will it take before I can sell any sections?" Freddy asks.

"The whole process usually takes around six months, or longer," Pebbles says.

"Crikey," says Freddy.

"There's a bit more to this subdivision lark than meets the eye."


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