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# 81392 12-Apr-2011 16:35
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I was curious about how councils notify house owners of planning or activities impacting ratepayer residences. 

Recently, a commercial company dropped a letter into my mailbox regarding some zoning changes which affected me - which I had no idea were being passed either. 

The council seems to rely on using newspaper public notices , and because I do not read the print version of local newspapers I miss out on this information. 

I find it strange, how a commercial company notifies me of these changes by mail, yet, the council who are making these changes does not. 

Then, I thought, wouldn't it be great if the council could send out notices via email. I assume most people who own a house would have email so this would be very easy to do. 

Maybe a business opportunity for someone? 

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  # 457926 12-Apr-2011 16:47
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Wellington City Council does exactly that here http://www.wellington.govt.nz/services/webalerts/subscribe.php plus they Twiiter them as well.



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  # 458181 13-Apr-2011 11:47
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kiwitrc: Wellington City Council does exactly that here http://www.wellington.govt.nz/services/webalerts/subscribe.php plus they Twiiter them as well.


That is really proactive of them - I wish our council did that. 

But, my council are tech backwards.eg, one example, the council libraries can't even send an email when a book becomes overdue. I asked them about this, and they say they send it after 7 days overdue but isn't that a bit late?  It is like they have absolutely no clue at all. 

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