Tauranga

Pacific Lakes Village development, Papamoa

The Tauranga office of Stratum Consultants Ltd are proud to have been involved in many significant projects in Papamoa over the years.  We can now add another exciting project to that list!

Our staff have been involved with and provided professional services to the Pacific Lakes Village at 242 Grenada Street, Papamoa.  This retirement village development is a sister village to the highly acclaimed Pacific Coast Village, on Maranui Street, Papamoa.

We obtained resource consent to develop a retirement village containing 346 townhouses and 40 serviced apartments.  This included input from our highly capable and experienced Resource Management Planners, Civil Engineers, and Land Surveyors.  Ongoing works include civil engineering design and construction supervision and structural design and supervision for the new buildings. 

Stratum Consultants Ltd looks forward to continuing to work on this project and congratulate Pacific Lakes Village on this exciting high quality and socially, culturally and environmentally responsible development.

For more detail on this project please see the following the NZ Herald article link:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=12095214

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Can I Subdivide my Property?

This is a question that we are commonly asked.

There are a number of variables in providing an answer.  Here, at Stratum Consultants, we have a number of Planning and Surveying experts that can assist with navigating you through these variables to provide you with an answer that works.

The three main factors in determining whether you are able to subdivide your property are:

  1. The size and shape of your property,

  2. The zone that your property is in, and

  3. The subdivision rules of the Council’s District Plan.

What is a Subdivision? 

Subdivision is the process of dividing a single piece of land into multiple pieces of land.  It can come in many forms; from a boundary adjustment where you sell, purchase or swap land with a neighbour; infill residential subdivision, multi-lot residential subdivision, rural subdivision, and commercial/industrial subdivision.

Subdivisions can also vary in complexity, from a simple boundary adjustment or 2-lot subdivision just requiring a Surveyor and your lawyer, through to more complex and/or large multi-lot subdivisions that can require input from a wide range of professionals including planners, engineers, contractors, urban designers, environmental scientists, landscape architects, lawyers, valuers and cultural experts.  These factors will all have a bearing on the time taken and the cost to complete the subdivision process.

All subdivisions generally follow the same process. 

This process can briefly be described as follows:

  1. Feasibility to determine whether your property is able to be subdivided and an estimate of the costs/time-frame.

  2. Decide on the subdivision design and servicing requirements.

  3. Prepare and submit a subdivision application and scheme plan to Council.

  4. Obtain formal Council subdivision approval.

  5. Engage contractors to undertake physical works, if required (i.e. the installation of services, Right of Ways, roads, etc) and complete all conditions of consent.

  6. Undertake the Land Transfer Surveys of the new boundaries and easements, including the placement of boundary pegs and the preparation of formal Land Transfer Plans.

  7. Prepare and submit a Section 223 & 224 application to Council. This is the final Council sign off confirming that all of the conditions of consent have been met.

  8. Complete any legal work required by the subdivision.

  9. Lodgement of the Land Transfer Plan to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) for their issuing of the legal titles.

Although the subdivision process can be complicated and seem daunting, we specialise in making this process as easy and stress free as possible for you. 

To find out more on whether you are able to subdivide your property, please contact one of Stratum Consultants Planning or Surveying experts.

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Stratum's Newest Associates

Andrew, Colin, John, Bart and Stephen are pleased to announce three new Associates to Stratum Consultants Ltd. 

Elles Pearse-Danker from our Tauranga office, Matt Powdrell from our Te Puke office, and Craig Pollard from our Rotorua Office are all outstanding in their respective geotechnical engineering, surveying, and civil engineering fields. 

Their promotion reflects our determination to continue to provide great support to our clients and their projects across the wider Bay of Plenty region.

Well done and very well deserved!

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Nga Potiki Residential Development: Papamoa

Stratum Consultants Ltd is proud to assist the Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust (an entity of Nga Potiki hapu) to develop their land in Papamoa. 

Stratum Consultants Ltd applied for and obtained subdivision and land use consent approvals for Nga Potiki under the Special Housing Accord legislation.  This included input from our highly capable and experienced resource management planners, civil engineers, geotechnical engineers and land surveyors.

From the outset it was important to Nga Potiki that, in addition to meeting commercial objectives, any development of the site is undertaken in a way that is socially, culturally and environmentally responsible.

The master planning undertaken for the proposed development realised an affordable residential housing development of 200+ lots that will be available to the public but will also provide for specific outcomes for Nga Potiki.  A portion of the developed sites will be retained by the Trust and made available to members of the iwi with a range of social housing and tenure types, including Kaumatua housing for 20 units, rental housing, and licences to occupy.  Significant land will also be set aside for conservation and cultural purposes.  In addition an area is intended to be developed as a Retirement Village.  Some non-residential facilities are envisaged to support the neighbourhood scale development, including some limited scale retail opportunities.

Stratum Consultants Ltd looks forward to continuing to work on this project and congratulate Nga Potiki on this exciting high quality and socially, culturally and environmentally responsible development.

You can read more about this development in a recent news article in the following link: 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11887474

Realising your Property's Potential

Stratum Consultants Ltd is proud to assist Keith Hay Homes with a number of their client's subdivisions, planning consents for additional dwellings, and associated civil engineering requirements.

Below is a recent article from the “Ultimate Property Magazine” on one such urban infill subdivision that Stratum Consultants Ltd assisted Keith Hay Homes with. 

We provided initial planning feasibility advice, obtained subdivision consent, provided civil engineering design and supervision, and undertook land transfer surveys to obtain new titles for this property. 

This all equated to the successful collaboration between Stratum Consultants Ltd, Keith Hay Homes and the Relocatable House Company to realise the full development potential of this specific residential property.

If you would like to explore the full potential of your property, like this example, then please contact us to find out more.

Stratum's Newest Shareholders

Colin, John, Andrew, Bart and Stephen are pleased to announce TJ Hayward and Shae Crossan as shareholders with Stratum Consultants Ltd. 

We are delighted to have TJ and Shae’s experience and knowledge in the engineering and planning fields respectively, and their step into company ownership now recognises them as a important members of the Stratum management team.

Well done TJ and Shae!

Recently Published Article: NZ Geomechanics News

Stratum Consultants own Senior Geotechnical Engineer Elles Pearse-Danker (in conjunction with Liam Wotherspoon) prepared an article for the NZ Geomechanics News for their June 2016 edition.  The NZ Geomechanics News is the bulletin of the New Zealand Geotechnical Society Inc.

Elles’ article is a follow-on from the testing and research of site subsoil classes around Tauranga that she did during her Masters in Geotechnical Engineering (MEng) qualification. 

The main conclusion of the article is that most of Tauranga should be Class D (deep or soft soils), which is important information to structural and geotechnical engineering professionals.  The article also recommends that the local community of geotechnical and structural engineers consider the geological setting when using relatively shallow data to determine the appropriate subsoil class for seismic design of buildings.   

This article can be viewed in full on page 62 at: http://www.nzgs.org/library/site-subsoil-class-determinations-in-tauranga/

Stratum’s New Shareholder

Bart, Colin, Andrew, John and Stephen are pleased to announce Brett Farquhar as a shareholder with Stratum Consultants Ltd. 

We are delighted to have Brett’s experience and knowledge in the planning and resource management fields, and his step into ownership now recognises him as a key member of the Stratum management team.

Well done Brett!