The Environment Court has directed TCDC to undertake a consultation process regarding new rules relating to Kauri Dieback disease management in the ‘Urban Zones’ of our District.
The proposed rules are designed to prevent the spread of Kauri Dieback disease and promote the protection of Kauri by requiring people carrying out earthworks within a ‘kauri hygiene zone’ to obtain resource consent.
Earthworks within a ‘kauri hygiene zone’ are a restricted discretionary activity which require a Kauri Dieback Disease Risk Management Plan to be prepared, approved and implemented.
The Environment Court confirmed the new earthworks rules for the Rural, Rural Lifestyle and Conservation Zones of the District.
These new rules require a Kauri Dieback Disease Risk Management Plan (“management plan”) to be prepared, approved and implemented before any earthworks can be undertaken within a kauri hygiene zone. The management plan requirements are comprehensive and ensure that any soil and organic matter from the earthworks is safely contained.
The Court also directed the Council to apply similar rules to the ‘Urban Zones’ of the District which were not included as part of the DOC appeal. As part of that process, the Council is undertaking public consultation.