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What Council Is Doing
Council is able to impose conditions on new development to reduce impacts on amenity. These include the control of noise, dust, odour, glare, vibration, spray drift and signage. The number of conditions imposed has substantially increased between 200/01 and 2010/12. The number of amenity conditions varies from year to year with the type of activities applying for consent and the environmental effects they may have. This increase also reflects a shift in attitude by Councils Regulatory Planners towards being transparent about what is acceptable in terms of amenity effects. To achieve this they have been applying conditions to consents clearly stating the limits of what is acceptable. In the past the planners have relied on the limits specified in the District Plan.
Council is also working with local land owners to protect the district’s significant natural features. Landowners who think they have a significant site on their property can apply for either a rates remission and/or funding towards fencing the site from the Significant Natural Features Grant. This grant was established in 2006 when Council worked with an ecologist to determine significant native vegetation in the district. 667 units of habitat totaling 3,111 hectares have been surveyed and 23% of this area (721 hectares) was considered significant. Of the total area surveyed, 78% was determined to be indigenous (predominantly native species), 20% (mainly non-native species) and 2% was not determined. The significant features included native indigenous vegetation, such as native tree stands, areas of bush, and wetlands. Council, along with a working party made up from different sectors of the community, considered different incentives to offer landowners who fence off and protect significant natural features.
What You Can Do To Help
Contact Council if you are affected by loud noise or offensive odours
How are we Doing?
Click here to learn more about District Plan Effectiveness and read the full report on Amenity
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