Bay of Plenty is renowned for its fertile soil and thriving kiwifruit and avocado crops. In 2009 Western Bay of Plenty District Council altered their planning rules to ensure local orchards and farms weren’t carved into small residential parcels, resulting in productive land going to waste. Rural subdivisions of this nature must now retain a minimum of 6ha of production and landowners must have at least 12ha to begin with.
Vitruvius’ surveying team has a well-established reputation as specialists in this area and understand the WBOPDC’s planning rules inside and out. This particular property on Tetley Rd in Katikati was 50ha and comprised kiwifruit, avocado and grazing land. We undertook the necessary planning activities to enable the landowner to apply for resource consent to split the block into three parcels – 23ha, 19ha and 8ha.
We then carried out the Land Transfer Survey and ensured engineering conditions were adhered to including new vehicle entrances and the provision of power and phone to all lots. This subdivision also had a number of archeological sites which had to be accounted for and protected.
Our reputation and expertise in this area means Vitruvius is often a landowner’s first choice when it comes to subdividing rural land in the Western Bay.
Project: 3 Lot Rural Production Subdivision, Tetley Rd, Katikati
Vitruvius Scope: Planning, Engineering Supervision, Land Transfer Survey, Project Management.