Auckland Council’s strategic procurement committee will decide tomorrow (noon Monday) whether to renew its overflow delivery model for building consent services.
The item is listed in the committee’s open agenda but the main discussion will be confidential.
The question for the council is how to provide an efficient service at peak times without employing its own staff to cover those peaks.
The council’s head of physical works & technical services procurement, Peter Cunningham, says in his meeting report: “Building consent services are currently provided through a combination of inhouse delivery, an overflow delivery model that operates across the Auckland region and a legacy outsourced provider model that operates exclusively in Manukau.
“In the central region, in addition to the overflow model there is also an agency provider to manage building consenting volumes.”
The current contracts expire on 30 June.
In further explanation, Mr Cunningham says: “The preferred regional service delivery model for building consents is one where third-party suppliers are used to process consents and inspect buildings that council staff do not have the capacity to process, eg, an overflow delivery model. In an overflow model, the suppliers would act as an agent of Auckland Council.
“Due to restraint on additional staff and to manage risk of over-capacity, the overflow model is considered an essential component to ensure the delivery of an efficient, quality, timely building consenting service.
“The overflow model is considered a more feasible alternative to delivering the full service inhouse, as it provides flexibility during seasonal peaks & troughs in building consent volumes.”
Also listed in both the open & confidential sections of the agenda are:
- an update on the 48 council projects with a budget over $5 million, and
- the council’s vertical construction procurement category strategy
- an update on the Westgate town centre integrated library & community centre.
Web notification issues
Through Auckland Council’s changes to its website it’s been hard at times to track the whereabouts of information such as resource consent application hearings and submissions on them.
The latest trick I’ve stumbled upon under submissions is submission documents with an opening date for submissions – but no closing date.
I’m writing this on Sunday, so ringing the council to check today would be pointless.
Similarly, the Eden Park Trust’s application for resource consent for a concert at Eden Park stadium on the evening of Waitangi Day (6 February) next year has the submissions period opening on Wednesday, no closing date.
The closing date will very likely appear on the website once the opening date has passed. But tell me, which would you, as a submitter, find the more useful?
Strategic procurement committee, Monday 11 June at noon, 135 Albert St
11, Update on capital projects over $5 million (addressed further in confidential agenda)
12, Procurement of building consents overflow services (decisions to be made in confidential agenda)
13, Status update: Westgate multipurpose facility (integrated library & community centre) construction (addressed further in confidential agenda)
14, Vertical construction procurement category strategy (addressed further in confidential agenda)
Attribution: Council committee agenda.