Coromandel District Council is telling property owners if you have a kauri tree on or near your property and you live in an urban area, then you could be required to get a resource consent and develop a Kauri Dieback Disease Risk Management Plan for any earthworks, (like building a new fence, putting in a vegetable garden), or for activities like pulling up plants and disposing of them.
These are just some of the examples of proposed new earthworks rules the Environment Court had directed their Council and Department of Conservation (DOC) to get public feedback on, to look at ways to manage kauri dieback in urban zones of our district in the Proposed District Plan.
The proposed rules would require people carrying out earthworks within a ‘kauri hygiene zone’ to obtain resource consent. A kauri tree’s ‘hygiene zone’ is the area covered by its root system and is three times the radius of the tree’s canopy.
The proposed rules would also require a Kauri Dieback Disease Risk Management Plan, which would set out the procedures to be followed to avoid the risk of the spread of kauri dieback disease. It would also need to spell out how the movement of soil and organic matter from earthworks would be managed.
TCDC has been holding meetings around the district and in Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton to get feedback on the proposals. Submissions close 24 January 2020.If you have any questions you want to be answered, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Consultation drop-in sessions. (From 3-5 pm)
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 2019, 1254 Kennedy Bay Road, Kennedy Bay Pōwhiri starts at 3pm Matai Whetu Marae -2pm-6pm, 9 December 2019, 12 Ngati Maru Highway, KopuPōwhiri starts at 2pm
Submissions There are a number of ways you can make a submission submit online - tcdc.govt.nz/s293kauridieback complete a submission form and email to email@example.com or post to, Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag Thames 3540 or drop it into any of their service Thames, Whitianga, Coromandel and Whangamata If you have any questions about this proposal or about how to make a submission, contact 07 868 0200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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