The Kaipara District Council is to adopt two changes to the District Plan to meet a court direction and a national environmental standard, effective from December 18. The District Plan is the primary document that manages land use development and subdivision in the Kaipara.
At the council meeting on November 29, KDC general manager regulatory, planning and policy, Fran Mikulicic, said one of the changes, Plan Change 4, has come about following compromise and collaboration with council staff, interested community parties and Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
“The new approach upholds the commissioners’ decision in relation to land use activities, as well as introducing a new risk-based approach requiring applicants and the council to consider fire hazard at the time subdivision consent is submitted from now on,” said Mikulicic.
The plan change provides changes to the fire safety rules for buildings and structures in the rural, residential, business areas. It removes the requirement to comply with the New Zealand Fire Service Firefighting Water Supplies Code of Practice.
The change will only be for new applications received after December 18. Applicants currently within the consenting process or who wish to change their current consent will be advised of a mechanism to do so in the new year. All existing consents issued in the last four years must comply with the previous fire safety rules, and not Plan Change 4.
The other change has come about through the Ministry for Primary Industries developing a National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF).
Council has to ensure its District Plan meets the rules of the NES-PF in providing a single set of regulations that apply to foresters throughout New Zealand. If anyone owns a forest that fits the criteria for plantation forestry, the new NES-PF will apply.
The Kaipara District Council decided to amend the District Plan increasing the setback between plantation forestry and adjoining dwellings from 30m to 40m and to adopt the noise levels as prescribed in the NES-PF Regulations.
A full copy of the District Plan, including these changes, will be available to view on their website kaipara.govt.nz/districtplan and in hard copy at council customer service centres in Dargaville and Mangawhai from December 12.