The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE -

Or­gan­is­ing one-off, small events and fes­ti­vals in ru­ral parts of the Far North is now eas­ier fol­low­ing changes to District Coun­cil plan­ning rules. The new Tem­po­rary Ac­tiv­i­ties Rule means that hold­ing fes­ti­vals and events that cater for up to 500 peo­ple is now a per­mit­ted ac­tiv­ity on ru­ral pro­duc­tion zone prop­er­ties. FNDC spokesman Bill Lee says the change recog­nises that small, bou­tique-style fes­ti­vals and events are an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity for many. ’’Farm­ing, forestry and hor­ti­cul­ture will re­main key con­trib­u­tors to the Far North econ­omy, but we want to make it eas­ier for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to use their land for other ac­tiv­i­ties that are com­pat­i­ble in the ru­ral en­vi­ron­ment. We be­lieve that by mak­ing it eas­ier to ex­plore and de­velop other in­come streams, we will im­prove the re­silience of our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.’’ Visit

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