PROTECTING OUR GREEN SPACES
There’s been a lot of interest from you about how to protect our city’s green ecosystems and habitats. The Council, by law, has to review the management of signi cant vegetation in the city. Last year we contacted affected landowners to hear what they think is important and we’ve had quite a bit of feedback. Thanks! However, it’s become clear that some people are a bit confused about the process so we want to clarify a couple of things. Firstly, it is very early days in the process – we are currently sharing draft ideas, and will be taking into account what affected landowners tell us. Less than 10% of landowners in Porirua are affected by any proposal for vegetation management and Porirua’s “habitat type” is rare in New Zealand. We know you value these amenity areas highly, and they are also ecologically signi cant. The review will lead to a change in the District Plan to provide more appropriate, targeted protection for our city’s important green sites. Council is also looking to offer specialist support, advice and assistance with restoration and pest management. So where to from here? We received feedback from about 130 affected landowners on a draft plan change document circulated prior to Christmas and this is now being analysed. Some landowners have also asked the Council to visit their properties to learn more. The ndings will be presented to the Council in May and they will decide what changes need to be made and when formal consultation with everyone on a draft Vegetation Review will take place.