Tree rules

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - Letters To The Editor -

The wider prob­lem with al­low­ing coun­cil trees to ob­struct any res­i­dent’s view should ex­tend to pri­vate prop­er­ties.

Peo­ple come to Taupo¯ to buy or build a house at pre­mium prices, with some panoramic views, mostly on the slop­ing land fac­ing the lake.

The coun­cil should have a law that does not al­low res­i­dents to plant trees “be­hind and to the sides of their homes that grow higher than the owner’s roof apex line of sight”, which ob­structs their neigh­bours’ orig­i­nal view. The po­si­tion and law of “her­itage rights” to do and plant na­tive trees, on their pri­vate land that will an­noy their good neigh­bours, should be re­viewed by coun­cil. Laws cov­er­ing build­ings be­ing built, that is cre­at­ing shadow and shade thus deny­ing homes from sun­light, should ex­tend to the grow­ing of trees too.

LES­LEY ALL­SOPP

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