Antenno is an app used by some councils in NZ including Porirua City Council. Once downloaded on a phone it can be used to get updated area information, such as facility closures or rubbish collection information, as well as for reporting incidents such as roading issues, flooding, and fly tipping.
For any proposed activity on a rural property it is essential to check what status the activity has under the District or Regional Plans. This will determine whether the activity is permitted, controlled, restricted, discretionary, non-complying, or prohibited.
Porirua City's District Plan provides the policies and rules for Porirua City Council covering activities in the zones under which Pāuatahanui is managed.
The current District Plan has been operative since 1999:
Briefly, activities as defined in the Resource Management Act are:
Permitted - a permitted activity does not require a resource consent as long as it complies with the certain conditions and standards
Controlled - a controlled activity requires a resource consent which the Council must grant if the activity complies with the standards and terms specified in the rule.
Restricted Discretionary - a restricted discretionary activity requires a resource consent but the Council may only consider the matters over which it has retained discretion and in granting the consent the Council may only attach conditions to the consent about those matters.
Discretionary - a discretionary activity requires a resource consent. The Council has the discretion to grant the consent and impose conditions or to decline the application.
Non-Complying - a non-complying activity is one that is not prohibited but may contravene a rule in the plans. A resource consent is required and the Plan sets out the information required with the application. The Council may only grant the consent if it is satisfied that either - (a) the adverse effects of the activity on the environment will be minor or the application is for an activity that will not be contrary to the objectives and policies of the relevant plan.
Prohibited - an activity that is prohibited cannot have an application made and no resource consent can be granted
For more specific definitions and where each has been applied, check with the Council or the relevant Plan.