Chopping of trees
While the rules around tree protection remain inconsistent throughout Auckland the council is reminding people to check before chopping any specimens.
Until the Auckland Council adopts the Unitary Plan, which will provide one rulebook for the whole region, a number of different rules applying to tree cutting and pruning still exist under the former councils’ district plans.
The council has revised the extent of the general tree protection rules for Rodney, North Shore and the old Auckland City Council area, meaning council consent may no longer be required to cut or prune trees.
But planning manager Penny Pirrit says some trees are still protected and need to be checked against the tree register.
‘‘If you fell or damage a protected tree, you may be prosecuted and fined.’’
The government introduced the Resource Management Reform Bill to Parliament last month. Among other things, the bill proposes to further restrict all councils’ ability to protect urban trees and would revoke most, if not all, the general protection rules across Auckland.
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