Environment Canterbury announced today that Plan Change 3 to the Canterbury Land & Water Regional Plan, covering the South Coastal Canterbury area, would be made operative on 1 September 2017.
The South Coastal Canterbury Plan Change addresses both water quality and water quantity in the catchment.
Environment Canterbury Councillor Peter Skelton said the main focus of the Plan Change is on nutrient management. For this purpose, the South Coastal Canterbury area is divided into three management areas.
“The Plan Change sets limits for improving water quality, particularly in Wainono Lagoon, while also providing opportunities for economic development,” Professor Skelton said.
“A new schedule sets out good farm practices relating to nutrient management, irrigation management, grazing of intensively farmed stock, cultivation and collected animal effluent.”
The Lower Waitaki – South Coastal Canterbury Zone Committee recommended putting in place policies and rules to help achieve community goals for freshwater management in the South Coastal Canterbury area after consulting with the community in 2015.
Plan Change 3 represents the regulatory part of the Zone Committee’s recommendations.
The Plan Change attracted one appeal, from Federated Farmers.
This appeal was withdrawn on 31 May 2017, leaving the way open for the Plan Change to be made operative.
Environment Canterbury will contact all farmers affected by the Plan Change in the next few months to help them understand what they need to do the meet the rules.