S293 Kauri Dieback Management for 'Urban Zones'

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Graphic on consultation on earthworks rules for kauri dieback

The Environment Court has directed our Council and the Department of Conservation to undertake a consultation process with regard to a proposal to include new rules relating to Kauri Dieback disease management in the ‘Urban Zones’ of our District in the Proposed District Plan.

The proposed rules are designed to prevent the spread of Kauri Dieback disease and promote the protection of Kauri by requiring people carrying out earthworks within a ‘kauri hygiene zone’ to obtain resource consent. Earthworks within a ‘kauri hygiene zone’ are a restricted discretionary activity which require a Kauri Dieback Disease Risk Management Plan to be prepared, approved and implemented.

The proposal was notified on 14 November 2019. Submissions Close 5pm 24 January 2020.

Consultation Package

Consultation Cover Letter

Appendix A - Basic Kauri Dieback Facts

Appendix B - Environment Court Decision for 'rural lifestyle zone, conservation zone' - 18 March 2019

Appendix B - First interim decision, Second interim decision 

Appendix C - Proposed new rules for Urban Zones

Appendix D - Submission Form

Public notification 

Consultation Workshops 

A number of workshops will be taking place around the District and neighbouring areas. The workshops will run from 3pm-6pm. Hamilton and Tauranga workshops will be from 3pm-5pm

Whitianga - 28 November 2019, Whitianga Area office - 10 Monk Street Whitianga 

Coromandel - 2 December 2019, Coromandel Area office - 355 Kapanga Road Coromandel 

Thames - 4 December 2019, Council Chambers - 515 Mackay Street Thames 

Hamilton - 11 December 2019, Beca offices, Level 2, Waitomo House, 6 Garden Place, Hamilton 

Tauranga - 13 December 2019, Beca offices, 32 Harrington Street, Tauranga

Auckland - 16 December 2019 Brookfields Lawyers offices, Level 9, Tower One 205 Queen Street, Auckland 

Marae Consultation Workshops

Harataunga Marae - 3pm-6pm, 17 December 20191254 Kennedy Bay Road, Kennedy Bay 

Pōwhiri starts at 3pm

Matai Whetu Marae -2pm-6pm, 9 December 2019, 12 Ngati Maru Highway, Kopu 

Pōwhiri starts at 2pm

Submissions

There are a number of ways you can make a submission

If you have any questions about this proposal or about how to make a submission, please contact us on 07 868 0200 or email customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz

Background

The Department of Conservation (DOC) lodged an appeal to our Council's Proposed District Plan in June 2016 seeking new controls be included in the Rural, Rural Lifestyle and Conservation zones that would require any earthworks within three times the radius of a kauri tree (the "kauri hygiene zone") to be undertaken in a manner which follows a particular protocol to avoid the spread of kauri dieback didsease.

The Environment Court issued its decision on the appeal on 18 March 2019 and confirmed the new earthworks rules for the Rural, Rural Lifestyle and Conservation Zones of the District, subject to a number of amendments (“the Environment Court decision”).

The new rules require a Kauri Dieback Disease Risk Management Plan (“management plan”) to be prepared, approved and implemented before any earthworks can be undertaken within a kauri hygiene zone. The management plan requirements are comprehensive and ensure that any soil and organic matter from the earthworks is safely contained.

Pursuant to section 293 of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Environment Court also directed the Council to apply similar rules to the ‘Urban Zones’  of the District which were not included as part of the Director-General’s appeal. As part of that process, the Council is undertaking public consultation.

Kauri Hygiene Zone

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Kauri Hygiene Zone Graphic