Effluent Spreading & Intensive Farming

This topic looks at how we manage odour caused by spreading liquid animal effluent on to land and intensive farms (farming of plants or animals mainly inside buildings) and how this affects residential living.

Key Issues:

  • Duplication of Environment Canterbury (ECan) Odour Management requirements
  • It is difficult to ensure compliance with existing rules that require a separation between liquid animal effluent spreading, or intensive farms, and houses
  • Keeping the database of liquid animal effluent spreading locations up to date is challenging
  • Under the current rules, some property owners could have development rights constrained by neighbouring intensive farms or liquid animal effluent spreading.

What We’re Thinking:

  • Change how liquid animal effluent spreading and intensive farms are managed in relation to odour
  • Remove current rules requiring separation between houses and liquid animal effluent spreading as this relates to odour effects of discharge, and significant odour effects are managed by ECan
  • Continue managing effects from intensive farms by controlling matters such as size, location, noise, glare, traffic, parking, minimum separation from houses, and the amenity effects associated with odour. Resource consent may be required
  • The District Plan will also signal what the amenity expectations are for rural zones
  • By removing duplication of odour management, it should be clearer that ECan’s Canterbury Air Regional Plan requirements are the primary method for managing odour, which would be more consistent with approaches taken in other Canterbury Districts.

Relevant Information:

Rural Lot Size and Development - including Rural Residential, pg 23 (What's the Plan?)
Business Activities in Rural and Residential Zones, pg 29 (What's the Plan?)