Staffing woes hit ECan consents
"Unusually high" staff turnover has prevented Environment Canterbury (ECan) from processing all consents on time.
ECan received 2135 consents for the year ended June, and processed 92 per cent of those within statutory time frames.
Consents planning manager Tania Harris said it had some issues in the middle of the year, when an unusually high level of staff turnover, combined with the notification of the Land and Water Plan, delayed some of the processing.
ECan's staff turnover rate was 13 per cent last year, above the previous year's 12 per cent.
"It was disruptive and it came at a busy time of the year. The Land and Water Plan had also been notified, so some consents had to be assessed against the new rules," she said.
Ms Harris estimated about 340 consents processed in the last financial year were water-related, but activity was not as frantic as the mid-2000s.
"We could see another spike next year, as the new planning rules come into effect, but it's too early to say," she said.
"As more of the major rebuild projects get under way, we could also see a lot more earthquake consents."
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