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Articles - Resource Consents
Written by The Northern Advocate / WDC   
Friday, 09 November 2007

The Whangarei District Council has appointed independent commissioners to hear resource consent applications, Mayor Stan Semenoff saying it is time councillors got out of the business.

Mr Semenoff said he did not believe the current system was transparent enough.

The professional commissioners would have appropriate qualifications and training, and clearly understand their job was to bring consistency and fairness to consent outcomes.

At an extraordinary meeting yesterday, councillors voted in favour of scrapping its judicial committee - comprising three councillors - and using commissioners to decide on resource consents.

Conway Stewart, Giles Bramwell, Alan Watson, Les Simmons and Bill Brown have been appointed as the council's hearing commissioners and given the power to approve non-notified non-complying resource consent applications.

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WDC press release: Time Councillors Got Out of the Resource Consent Business

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