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Written by Frank Newman   
Sunday, 14 January 2007

In the last six months council staff have kept their heads down following the rowdy public protests over the council’s landscape review. But that has not stopped them working on measures that would impose greater restrictions and greater costs on landowners.

Instead of drawing lines on a map, after a number of behind closed door meetings council has decided to impose the landscape rules upon anyone who applies for resource consent, at the discretion of staff.

This means applicants will be required to take "landscape values" (whatever that is!) into account when they apply for a resource consent (to build a dwelling in the coastal countryside environment, for example), and it will be at the discretion of council planning staff what restrictions are imposed. Conceivably, an applicant may be prevented from building on a ridgeline for example, or prevented from building on their property at all if that property is in the coastal countryside environment!

It also exposes an applicant to objections from environmental evangelists like DoC, the Environmental Defense Society (which has received funding from the WDC!), and any of the local action groups who consider themselves the purveyors (sic) of other people's property.

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