Kapi-Mana News - - CITY FOCUS -

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.

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