District plan review sees rule changes

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Waikato District Coun­cil is in the process of re­view­ing its District Plan and talk­ing to prop­erty own­ers who will be af­fected by any changes.

The Coun­cil has iden­ti­fied around 60 new her­itage build­ings that it is propos­ing to add to the her­itage reg­is­ter. This means that there will be new rules around use and de­vel­op­ment of land as­so­ci­ated with the her­itage build­ing.

Those with sig­nif­i­cant nat­u­ral ar­eas on their prop­erty will see rule changes in re­gards to the clear­ance of Manuka and Kanuka. For those with a no­table tree, there are will be new rules around trim­ming, de­struc­tion and re­moval of the tree.

The Pro­posed District Plan also pro­vides pro­tec­tion to Ma¯ori sites and ar­eas of sig­nif­i­cance. These could be an­ces­tral land, waahi tapu, pa¯ sites or other taonga. Around 500 prop­erty own­ers will be con­sulted as they’ll have this as an ad­di­tion to their prop­erty. The main change will be around earth­works.

Any ques­tions email dis­trict­plan@waidc.govt.nz.

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