To ensure risks to the community from natural hazards are identified, assessed and managed appropriately, Council may require specialist reports be peer reviewed to affirm, through another professional, the correctness, consistency and reliability of the opinions/solutions stated in the report and confirm that Council is able to rely on this report when issuing further Resource Consents, building consents or any other relevant advice.
Council will limit its requests for peer reviews to recognise the skills sets of the accredited Geo-Professional or the SQE Professional.
Council requires a peer review of reports relating to land classified as Very High Risk and may request a peer review of reports relating to land classified as High to Low Risk.
The peer review shall be requested at time of consent to minimise disruption to the development sign-off.
Where a peer review is requested by Council the peer review will be undertaken in accordance with QA-1 – Appendix A: Peer Review Requirements.
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