This is what comes with building.
Yes absolutely the council and watercare are extremely poorly run organisations, where the people working there are either monkeys or trying to justify their existance. There is soo much waste going on, its even starting to upset local government now as they are not budging on the unitary plan. And I have absolutely no doubt that behind immigration, this problem is absolutely a massive contributing factor to the current housing crisis. Its probably on par with all the interest rate cuts we have had. Anyone who doesn't deal with the council wont see it in that light but the numbers don't lie. We need to build 13,000 houses a year in auckland just to keep up with the demand. And our council is only pushing through about 9000. So we have a deficit of 4000 per year. My building company also said that they are sending a lot of building consents and section 92's ( sub divisions ) to be approved to a team in wellington because they are so overloaded.
I know this because I am in the process of building a second property and I am feeling it too.
Last project i built in 2013/2014 was about a $25K development contribution. (WHICH THEY ARE NOT USING TO UPGRADE STORMWATER) they are spending it on parks and reserves.
In the current project they are making me pay for manholes to be put in because their stormwater management is so poor, so they can have access to the stormwater line, I am paying for water retention/detention tanks on top of that. I dont even have a clue as to what the other council imposed costs are going to be yet, and some of the inspectors are really over the top strict and others are loose units, there is absolutely no consistency.
Im on my second project now, but one thing I have learned is just to suck it up and pay the costs and get it done asap, otherwise the costs will just go up.
TLDR: Council has too many cheifs and not enough indians.
Also sounds like my last project. I had a house with cross lease section on the rear, but because the section had been cross leased in July 1988 but the district rules had changed in January 1988, we had to go through a massive resource consent process, getting land use consent and finally shift to a subdivision. We had overkill on engineering for stormwater, massive contribution costs (even paying for a manhole at the top of our section, because the stormwater grates off the road went into a 5m pipe and emptied onto our land - WE had to pay to direct it to an open drain) We had to pay for vector to run power from over the road, water IGC costs, it was $70k over budget and thats with over-estimated budget costs in the first place. Because it took 2 years to complete, it blew out our holding costs. Here's a basic run down:
$2,000 legal costs
$14,500 surveying / planning
$11,000 resource and building consents
$10,000 vector power cable
$18,000 watercare IGC charges
$26,000 stormwater manholes, detention tanks, dispersal bars (massively over engineered)
$28,000 holding costs
Then of course on top of that there were building costs, insurance, draughtsman, electrical/water/phone to house, excavations, $10k concrete driveway, landscaping etc etc...
Ridiculous. And they wonder why they have a housing shortage in Auckland.
The problem is we have a National led govt with a Labour led council (in terms of how they each want to run the country)
Not to turn this into a political debate, but IMO the Helen Clarke govt over a decade ago managed to get the unemployment rate "lower" by simply creating 30,000+ bureaucratic council related jobs over the period they were in power. As you say, too many Chiefs and not enough Indians - there are far too many paper pushing dick swingers who create procedure and policy for us all to abide by, rather than putting those people in the jobs that need the most attention. This turned councils from a public service into a highly profitable business. They should have spent more money on expanding infrastructure to sort motorways, parks, opened up more land for residential etc and employed people in THOSE jobs rather than Council desk jockeys.
They look very high compared to my local council. You would think a big council would be cheaper due to economies of scale. But I suspect they charge them becuase they can, and have a lot of debt. and are essentially a monopoly. Eg. You can't go to another council instead. The thing is that they know you will be making a profit on the land when you sell As Auckland prices are so high, so it is the buyer of the subdivided land that ends up paying in the land price.. I was shocked that they charge for initial meetings for developing land. My local council will do all that for free.