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Written by WDC   
Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Council Finds Way Forward on Landscape Review

Whangarei District Council is confident the District’s landscapes can be protected through some minimal changes to the proposed District Plan, following debate generated during the Landscape Review project.

"In short, the 4700 people who felt they were about to suffer heavy restrictions on their land use don’t need to worry any more. We are adapting our existing Plan to enable a much more straightforward approach," said WDC Environmental Services Manager Ian McAlley.

Under the new approach the Council plans to remove the "notable landscape" classification from the proposed District plan.

It will be replaced by a performance standard that will require anyone applying for resource consent for a discretionary or non-complying activity to show they have made provision to take into account protect the landscape or amenity values that could be affected by the work.

Council was required to undertake the Landscape Review when the Department of Conservation challenged the proposed District plan, saying it did not sufficiently protect the District’s landscapes.

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