What is an AEE?
An AEE is a written statement which identifies the effects of your proposed activity or activities on the environment so we can assess the likely impact of the proposal.
Effects on the environment that you will need to consider can be short-term or long-term, positive or negative, and may include:
- traffic and parking
- heritage or streetscape character
- overshadowing of properties
- reduction in privacy
- noise and vibration
- stability of land
- infrastructure (capacity)
- people and community.
You need to identify ways that any effects can be avoided or reduced, in your AEE .
It is a good idea to start preparing your AEE as soon as possible. This will help you identify information that may be required by us. Avoid a request for more information by supplying as much information as you can.
How to prepare an AEE
For large, complex projects we recommend you find an expert to help you prepare your application.
When preparing your AEE you will need to:
- provide a good description of the proposal, the site and surroundings
- confirm why you are applying for a consent and confirm compliance with the rules
- discuss how your proposal fits with the Unitary Plan vision for that zone and how it meets the objectives and policies of the Plan
- describe any effects on the environment
- describe what effects your proposal may have on people
- propose any conditions that may help mitigate any effects of the proposal
- provide any specialist reports required to support the application.
Taking the time to prepare a good and thorough AEE will save you time and frustration later. Another source of useful information is the Ministry for the Environment website.
For small-scale residential projects with minor Unitary Plan infringements, you may be able to prepare your own AEE. We recommend you use our basic template.