Waitaki building consents soar in July

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The number of building consents processed by the Waitaki District Council in July peaked at 88, the highest number processed in any given month for the past three years.

Lichelle Guyan, WDC regulatory services manager, said the consents included heating (diesel and log burners), farm-related work and dwelling alterations.

Mrs Guyan said council is continuing to monitor building consents closely and is expecting another pre-Christmas spike during October and November.

The number of applications submitted dropped off over August (33) and September (36) and she said if they had continued at the July levels, council would have been forced to review their systems and resources.

“Our aim is to process as many consents as possible within 20 working days,” she said.

“Eighty-nine percent of applications were processed within this timeframe, with the average number of days being 11.”

Last financial year council processed a total of 628 building consent applications and these first-quarter statistics were slightly higher than in the previous two years.

Simon Berry, president of the North Otago branch of the Otago Chamber of Commerce, said the effects of irrigation had been positive and that tradesmen were all busy.

He said the chamber is currently working on a proposal to address multiple supportive issues associated with development.

By LINDA MCCARTHY

PHOTO: FILE – Lichelle Guyan, Waitaki District Council regulatory services manager.