Environment Canterbury publicly notified the Nutrient Management
and Waitaki Plan Change (Plan Change 5) to the Canterbury Land and
Water Regional Plan (LWRP) on 13 February 2016. Submissions
close on 11 March 2016 at 5.00pm.
Plan Change 5 makes a number of changes to the LWRP. It is made
up of two parts that are designed to deal with the management
the effects of land uses on water quality throughout the
Canterbury region (Part A); and
water quality in the Waitaki sub-region (Part B).
Part A applies to the Canterbury region, while
Part B applies only to the Waitaki sub-region.
Part A proposes the introduction of new
region-wide nutrient management rules that:
Require farmers throughout the Canterbury region, on properties
that are larger than 10 hectares, to implement industry-agreed good
Require farming activities, which require resource consent to
meet good management practice loss rates over time.
Address issues associated with the use of the Overseer nutrient
Require farmers operating on properties that are larger than 10
hectares to register their farming activity on a new online Farm
Part B largely builds on what is included in
Part A of the Plan Change, but includes a number of rules that
apply only to the Waitaki sub-region, including rules which:
Specify new water quality outcomes and limits for rivers, lakes
Propose a nutrient regime for managing water quality outcomes
Manage the effects of land use and discharges from activities
such as aquaculture on water quality in the Waitaki.
Specify minimum flows for Whitneys Creek – a small stream
north of the Waitaki River.
Issues that may affect you:
How does the use of the Farm Portal system affect your
Will the restriction of consent durations to five years past
the expected notification date of specific water quality or water
quantity provisions affect your investment decisions?
Is your farm located within a Lake Zone, or a Red, Orange,
Green or Light Blue Nutrient Allocation Zone? What are the
implications of these zones?
Is your property within a High Runoff Risk Phosphorus Zone?
Find out the implications.
What area of your property is used for winter grazing within
the period 1 May to 1 September? How could Plan Change 5 constrain
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