This topic looks at how to manage quarrying and its associated activities, such as screening and processing. Developments such as roads and concrete for buildings require the use of aggregate, but the activity can have adverse effects on people and the environment.

Key Issues:

  • Quarrying is subject to standards relating to things like noise and dust, but the overall effects are not managed as a specific activity making it difficult to assess the combined effects of each quarry
  • Finding appropriate locations for a quarry can be difficult – they need to be located where there is quality aggregate supply, close to demand and transport networks, and where there are no significant adverse effects on neighbouring activities
  • Pressure for aggregate is expected to continue.

What We’re Thinking:

  • Recognise quarrying as a specific activity, acknowledging the role it plays in providing development material
  • Introduce new resource consent requirements for quarries that differ by zone
  • Introduce rules for quarries to minimise effects on amenity such as noise and traffic, while ensuring aggregate supply is maintained
  • Depending on the location and nature of the quarry, include setbacks from houses and other sensitive areas and activities
  • Outline minimum requirements for assessing proposed quarries such as the provision of environmental management plans and rehabilitation plans.

Relevant Information:

Noise, pg 9 (What's the Plan?)
Earthworks, pg 11 (What's the Plan?)
Business Activities in Rural and Residential Zones, pg 29 (What's the Plan?)