Interview: Surveyor Stuart Taylor – Measured Land Surveys
I recently had a client who required specialist help in regards to subdividing their land. The ability to divide larger lots of land down to smaller sections with the new District Plan zoning has been enticing to a few.
I was able to catch up with Stuart Taylor from Measured Land Surveys recently. Stuart runs his own business based here in Wanaka. He was an easy referral with a very quick turn around and provided the required information in a very professional manner
I interviewed Stuart to get a better understanding of what his offering is.
How long have you been involved with the surveying industry and running Measured Land Surveys?
I have been involved in the surveying industry for around 20 years. I completed my Bachelor of Surveying degree at Otago University and have worked in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. I returned to New Zealand permanently in 2015 and established Measured Land Surveys earlier this year.
What scope of work do you cover?
I am a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor so I deal with all land transfer surveys, including subdivisions.
I also cover anything that needs to be measured and/or represented on a plan, including aerial drone (UAV) surveys, topographical surveys of land for architects or property developers, new building set outs, scheme plans for proposed subdivisions, engineering design and construction surveys.
I also work closely with specialist planners in relation to resource consents.
Is there any significant changes or trends forthcoming in your field that property owners and or prospective owners looking to develop should know about?
Aerial drone (UAV) technology is a growing trend in the surveying industry and is a now a standard piece of equipment that I utilise. High resolution aerial photographs can be obtained which can be useful for developers, landscape architects etc….. as they show a more accurate picture of the land, not often seen from ground level. Using specialist software, these images can also create 3D models replacing traditional topographical survey methods. By using this equipment, difficult sites can be accessed more easily and safely.
What sized projects would you start with and largest size you would work on?
I work on projects of all sizes , from finding a single missing boundary peg, to multi lot subdivisions.
What has been your most rewarding project to date?
My first project working in my own business.
What advice would you give potential owners looking to develop land?
Do your homework and engage professionals for advice so you are sure that you can develop the land the way you wish to.
Also, for those building a new house, make sure that you engage a surveyor to set out the house in the correct location relative to the boundaries.
What is the process to engage your work?
A simple phone call or an email. I typically meet my clients’ onsite, if possible as this is the best way to get a feel for the land.
Does Wanaka differ from other NZ regions for your line of work in terms of local council, geographic make-up of the land etc If so, how so?
Yes, the alpine environment and changing weather conditions can create difficulties when carrying out surveys. The ground is also extremely hard and rocky in places, which makes installing boundary pegs hard work!
Best place to get coffee in Wanaka?
I mostly enjoy coffee at home, however I do often crave a butter chicken pie and cream donut from the bakery.
What is Wanaka’s best kept secret?
Not really a secret, but I love taking my daughter to Dublin Bay in summer and also biking/walking around the many lake tracks, such as the Outlet track and the Glendu Bay track.
Best advice for people moving to Wanaka?
When life gets busy, remember to look up and enjoy your surroundings.
It’s 10am on a Sunday morning, where would we find you and what are you doing?
Getting ready to play golf or at a playground with my daughter.