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Assessment of environmental effects

Information on assessment of environmental effects.

This is a description of all the effects that your proposal could or will have on the environment. An environmental effect is any change to the environment created by an activity. The AEE will allow us to properly understand your proposal and understand the costs and benefits of allowing it to take place.

What could the effects include?

In order to prepare an AEE you need to think about how your proposal could affect the site and the surrounding environment. Think about the scale, intensity, duration and frequency of the effects.

The effects could be:

  • Temporary or permanent
  • Positive or negative
  • Experienced in the past, present or future
  • Cumulative, either over time or in combination with other effects
  • Of high probability
  • Of low probability but high impact.

Some effects that would be of interest to us include:

  • Increases in traffic
  • Soil erosion
  • Noise
  • Blocked views
  • Shading
  • Loss of vegetation
  • Alterations of historic site
  • Loss of privacy
  • Visual changes

The environment includes:

  • Ecosystems, including people, animals and plant-life
  • All natural and man-made things (resources)
  • Amenity values
  • Social, economic, aesthetic and cultural conditions

What should your AEE include?

The following aspects should be covered in your AEE:

  • A detailed description of the proposal
  • Discussion of both actual and potential effects

If your proposal might result in considerable adverse effects, discuss whether you have considered:

  • Other locations or methods for undertaking the activity
  • Any measures that could avoid, remedy or mitigate the adverse effects

If the activity includes the use of hazardous substances:

  • Discuss the potential risks
  • Describe the substances and how they may affect the site and surrounding environment.

The detail contained in the AEE should match the scale and significance of the effects of the proposed development. For example, building a carport is likely to have fewer effects and therefore a less detailed AEE than the establishment of a timber mill.

What if I need help?

We can advise you about the type of information to include in your AEE.

If your proposal is very complex or may have significant effects on the environment, we recommend you seek the advice of a planning professional such as a consultant planner, surveyor or resource management lawyer.

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