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I guess this was inevitable - Council PR release at 1pm:

Staff to recommend to Review Committee not to include SNA maps in the draft District Plan

Council staff will recommend to the District Plan Review Committee, when it meets again in March, not to adopt Significant Natural Area (SNA) maps for inclusion in the draft District Plan.

“The majority of the SNA work is extremely useful for the Council, landowners and future developers, but it’s not at a stage where we now want to integrate it into the draft plan for consultation in July. If the Committee agrees, it will instead sit outside the plan and be used as a reference tool to help when developers come to us for subdivision and resource consents. The SNAs could actually save developers money because a majority of the ecological assessment work, for many activities, will have already been done” said Leigh Robcke, District Plan Manager.

The Council will continue to refine the SNA data with landowners as a parallel process to the District Plan review for possible inclusion in a future iteration of the District Plan once the SNA information is deemed to be more precise for individual properties.

All residential property mistakenly included in the first version of the maps will also be removed over the next few weeks as well as the removal of mapping and technical errors discovered through the mail-out to property owners.

The Council apologises to those who received SNA letters in error.

For more information please feel free to call the District Plan Review team on 07-868-0200.

Visit the District Plan review project website here.



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Reader Comments (3)

one word describes this press release -PATHETIC
Mayor Leach justifying the ban on freedom campers had this to say:- "it is because of our natural beauty, native bush and beaches- and thats what we're are unashamedly trying to protect" [Fri 10th 02-12]
And now - staff recommend to District Plan Committee- 'not to adopt SNA maps for inclusion in the Draft District scheme.
years of hard work went into those maps and many thousands of dollars no doubt to get them to a level that they could be put out for discussion - now sidelined - but what of the words 'what we're are unashamedly trying to protect'-- -yeah right!!
Maybe the developers have bent the Mayors ears??
what a huge back flip - and not a word of discussion in the public arena-the current crop of councillors will go down in history as having conducted more Council business behind closed doors then any other council -- so much for the LGA 2002 which recommends all Council discussions should be "open and transparent' - but not TCDC

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercyclops

Why is everyone saying that the SNA letters were posted in error, or received in error. What is so tiresome about this exercise is the dishonesty of our elected council. They fronted up, only after being found out. Peter French and his crew reviewed the letters and it was agreed that they be dispatched. Now it is Peter and crew who should be dispatched, for a patent lack of integrity over this issue, until forced to reveal. This sort of action, along with 'closed door' meetings and the seemingly dictatorial dominance of our Mayor, does not bode well for democratic process. Am I alone in noticing that neither any other council member nor any Community Board member say, or are attributed as saying, anything about any matter, other perhaps than Peter offering contrition?
Cyclops raises an interesting point in mentioning developers; smells a little this does, Graft?

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Right on Russel and Cyclops-bet these SNA's were canned when the Mayor came under flak from Reihana and et al.
"used as a reference tool" good one Leigh - over $400,000 was spent in bringing those SNA's to a point where they could be released -do you really think a developer will give a rats a---s about them- they have no legal sway sitting 'outside the plan' .Question-didn't the Enviroment Court ask for these SNA's plans -so that Council had a water tight reason not to allow mining in such areas- or developement for that matter?
Right on Russell about the Chair - what was Leach thinking putting in a first time Councillor as District Plan Committee chair - isn't Cr. Hoadley an experienced enviromental lawyer and former Council commissioner--- and current Chair of the Hearings Committee?
Maybe, just maybe, Leach couldn't control her to the same extent - either way French should relinguish his position as Chair [obviously has not the backing of his fellow Councillors -who would appear to have short term memory loss] and Council appoint an 'outside experienced' Chair [they are now apparently employing more consultants currently]
We will now have no protection what so ever of our coastline or SNA"s - developers/mining companies must be salivating in the wings- nice one Leach

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNew Chum

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