A hearing will be held where a submitter has indicated they wish to be heard, or an applicant requests a hearing be held.
If a hearing is held it must take place within 45 working days of the closing of submissions on a limited notified application and 75 working days of submissions closing on a publicly notified application.
We notify both the applicant and submitters of the hearing date and location at least ten working days before the hearing. In some cases, a hearing may be held virtually.
We employ Independent Hearings Commissioners for all hearings.
We prepare a planning report with recommendations on the decision and any consent conditions to be considered by the Hearings Commissioner. This planning report may be informed by specialist reports from other professionals such as engineers.
Pre-hearing meetings and mediation
A pre-hearing and / or mediation meeting can be held at any time before a hearing to clarify or help to resolve any issues. We may arrange a pre-hearing meeting or mediation meeting at the request of a submitter or the applicant.
Joint hearings and decision making
If a proposal requires resource consent from both the District and Regional Councils, joint or combined hearings can be held.
Where a proposal involves resource consents from two or more councils, and the application is to be heard, the councils must jointly hear and consider those applications.
A joint hearing is not necessary if the councils and the applicant agree that one need not be held.
The hearing decision
The Commissioner makes a decision within 15 working days of the hearing closing and we send it to the agent and / or applicant.
The applicant is charged all actual and reasonable costs associated with work undertaken by Commissioners, consultants and staff in hearing the application and issuing a decision. An invoice will be issued at the time of the decision on the application being sent out.