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Assessment of Environmental Effects

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This page contains advice about what should be included in an Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) for resource consent applications
Updated: 24/09/2013 1:22 p.m.

​An Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) provides much of the basis on which we make decisions on resource consents.

It is important that you supply an accurate AEE with your application which describes the proposal and actual or potential effects on the environment. If your application doesn't include an AEE or the information is inadequate, the application will be considered incomplete and may be rejected.

Information to be covered in an AEE

The fourth schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) gives guidance on the types of issues that need to be covered by an AEE. These include:

  • a description of the proposal (supported by plans) – what it is and where it is to be undertaken
  • who will be involved in the proposal and when it is to start
  • all actual and potential effects (both positive or negative) on the environment arising from the proposal
  • the methods for avoiding, remedying or mitigating adverse effects
  • any alternative locations or methods of undertaking the activity (if the activity will result in significant adverse effects)
  • information about monitoring the effects of the proposed activity and who will do it
  • identification of those affected by the proposal (including written approvals where applicable), any consultation undertaken and responses received
  • implications and alternatives where hazardous substances and/or contaminants would be involved in the activity.

You will need to identify any effects of non-compliance with our District Plan rules which may include:

  • traffic generation and parking
  • shading of adjoining properties
  • visual impact on other properties and public places
  • effect on any land or building of historical or cultural significance
  • effect on the wider community
  • effect on any natural features (e.g. rivers, streams, lakes, reserves, plants, animals)
  • increased risk of hazards (e.g. flooding, instability)noise and vibration
  • storage of hazardous substances.

The size and detail of the AEE should reflect the scale of your proposed activity. Generally, the larger or more complex the proposal and effects, the more detailed the AEE should be. Where effects are potentially technical, (e.g. noise, traffic, hazardous substances), you may need input from an expert.

The pages listed below will give you more detailed information which may be helpful for your AEE.



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