Eco rules to be light­ened

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Own­ers of properties with sig­nif­i­cant eco­log­i­cal ar­eas on their land can ex­pect a more per­mis­sive set of rules than first mooted in the draft Uni­tary Plan.

Sig­nif­i­cant eco­log­i­cal ar­eas (SEAs) and man­grove man­age­ment were con­sid­ered by Auck­land coun­cil­lors and lo­cal board lead­ers at a Uni­tary Plan bio­di­ver­sity work­shop last week.

They heard re­ports on pub­lic feed­back, as well as pos­si­ble op­tions to re­solve is­sues raised on th­ese top­ics.

A spokes­woman says there was gen­eral agree­ment for a more per­mis­sive ap­proach to rules for prop­erty own­ers who have an SEA iden­ti­fied on their prop­erty in the draft Uni­tary Plan.

About 6000 sites were in­ves­ti­gated across ur­ban and ru­ral Auck­land and about 3,000 were found to have SEAs.

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