The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) says an increase in demand for resource consents and Land Information Memorandums (LIMs) shows the local economy is picking up.
Applications to the Council for Resource Consents are up 40% compared to the same time last year, with a total of 221 consents applied for in the year ending 20 November 2013.
These are for new subdivision and development proposals, with one application for a subdivision with 54 proposed residential lots and another for a 13-unit apartment with ground floor retail.
Requests for LIMs are also on the rise – double what they were at the same time in 2011. October this year was a record month with 83 requests for LIMs, compared to just 41 in October 2011.
“I’m very encouraged to see strength returning to the local economy,” says new Councillor Gavin Welsh, chair of the Corporate Business Committee.
“Council will continue supporting growth and economic development in the district, while maintaining the strong local identities of our district.”
And the Council’s Resource Consents & Compliance Manager Andrew Guerin says the high number of applications have kept his team busy this year.
He says: “It has been really hectic, with a record number of LIM and consent requests.
“But I’m pleased to say we are achieving our 20-day turn around for processing resource consent applications and 10 days for LIM requests.”