No more appeals on plan
Neither Mighty River Power nor the New Zealand Wind Energy Association has taken further action against the recent Environment Court decision that endorsed new local rules on windfarms.
The Porirua City Council District Plan change is now beyond any further legal challenge.
‘‘Plan Change 7’’ manages commercial scale wind farm proposals in the city. It requires wind turbines to be at least 700m away from a zone boundary or the boundary of a site not part of the wind farm, otherwise the wind farm proposal becomes a non-complying activity.
The council will now move to make the plan change operative at the earliest opportunity, District Plan Committee chairman Tim Sheppard said.
‘‘ We are grateful and appreciative of encouragement and support provided by members of the Porirua community who enjoined the appeal process on the plan change. The commitment of those groups is reflected in the positive outcome.’’