South Waikato District Council is pleased to announce that all requirements under the Building Act have been satisfied for our unique i-SITE building design. This means the building consent for the Tokoroa CBD project can be issued*.
"We are thrilled that this has finally made it over the line," said Mayor Jenny. "We have received a lot of feedback from people in the community concerned that this project has stalled. I am sure these people will be pleased at this news."
"Essentially our innovative and very different building design added some complexities to the building consent process," said Craig Hobbs, Council's Chief Executive. "But we are through to the other side now which is fantastic news."
Mr Hobbs noted Council's appreciation to the project team and external building processors for their continued efforts to give this project the tick. Given Council is both the applicant and the regulator we, were extremely careful to ensure that all Building Code matters were properly addressed in the standard way.
Mayor Shattock also noted the recent media coverage regarding landmark buildings boosting economic strength and growth. "Recently the Dog in Tīrau was used as a great example of how iconic buildings boost economic development."
According to Bayleys' national director commercial and industrial, Ryan Johnson, "visionary property developers — either as private individuals, corporate entities, or even local bodies — reap the financial benefits of being at the bow-wave of establishing 'landmark structures'."
"We have The Dog in Tīrau and the old Putāruru Post Office in Putāruru - both iconic buildings - and it is great to see Tokoroa is also getting an innovative and eye-catching building."
"Now we really can't wait to break ground!" concluded Mayor Shattock.
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* Update since issue - Building consent has now been issued, as at Tuesday 18 September, 4pm.