Environment Canterbury announced that it would notify Plan Change 1 to the Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan (HWRRP) for public submissions on 4 May 2019. Submissions close on 31 May 2019. The HWRRP is a separate plan from the Canterbury Land & Water Regional Plan.
Plan Change 1 proposes to change the HWRRP rules that address the cumulative effects of land use on water quality so that dryland farmers can continue to operate without the need for resource consent.
Councillor Peter Skelton said the HWRRP currently requires resource consent for all farms where nutrient losses have increased by more than 10% since 2013.
“Dryland farms have very low nutrient loss rates, but small, normal fluctuations in stock numbers or winter feed area can trigger a consent requirement in the Hurunui Waiau zone. This plan change seeks to address that,” Professor Skelton said.
Source: Environment Canterbury