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The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning.
The Council has 112 units in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Rangiora and Woodend for people over 65 with limited means.
You can share your views about the Council's plans and projects by making a submission.
The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
The District Plan Review is a collaboration between Council and Community. By providing us with your feedback, you can help shape the future of the reviewed District Plan. It's important that you read about each topic and the key issues we're considering before you submit the survey. This will ensure you're well prepared to answer the questions. We want to make this as easy as possible and recommend you use the yes or no option provided before each section. This will enable you to skip the questions you're not interested in answering.
Please provide your feedback no later than5pm, Monday 6 May 2019.
The role of this chapter is to set out key objectives for the overall patterns of land use across the District, such as where ourcommercial and rural residential areas are located. It will direct the objectives and policies in the rest of the District Plan.
As the District changes over time, identifying significant and clear links with the past contributes to and adds a sense of identity. Historic heritage resources are valued for their quality and ability to create a sense of place and community. These values are directly related to the Significance Criteria set out in the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement 2013 (CRPS).
Trees have environmental qualities, including amenity value and character. In addition to any specific historical or broader community importance they have, Protected Trees provide colour, form and focal points to most urban environments.
In this way, Protected Trees are often important elements in enhancing streetscapes as they provide relief in areas where buildings are dominant. They contribute to the setting of Historic Heritage and new areas of development or land use.
Beyond their aesthetic benefits, they have ecological qualities outside of forested areas, such as providing bird habitats, enabling soil stabilisation and offering wind protection and shade.
The loss of Protected Trees is irreversible, particularly those that have rarity, historical or community value.
This topic looks at new zones for open space that recognise nature and the community value of recreational activities occurring within different areas. These areas can be conservation land, larger reserves or parks for active sports located with towns and settlements.
Three Open Space and Recreation Zones are proposed:
It is proposed that the zones generally include public land only.
This topic looks at noise management. Noise can affect people’s health and perception of their environment. Community acceptance of sound, and whether it is perceived as noise, will depend on the type, level and duration of the sound and whether it is reasonable for it to occur on a particular day or at a certain time in that location.
Open Space and Recreation Zones, pg 8 (What's the Plan?)Earthworks, pg 11 (What's the Plan?)Quarrying, pg 12 (What's the Plan?)Temporary Activities, pg 17 (What's the Plan?)Business Activities in Rural and Residential Zones, pg 29 (What's the Plan?)
This topic looks at the disturbance of land by excavating, replacing or placing soil or other materials. Adverse effects may arise from earthworks such as dust, erosion, and slope instability. Quarrying is covered as a separate topic (see pg 12).
waimakariri.govt.nz/dpr-natural-environmentsQuarrying, pg 12 (What's the Plan?)Significant Natural Areas (in the Natural Environment Section), pg 13 (What's the Plan?)Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes, pg 15 (What's the Plan?)Coastal Environment, pg 16 (What's the Plan?)
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.
waimakariri.govt.nz/districtdevelopmentwaimakariri.govt.nz/dpr-natural-environmentsNoise, 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?)
This topic looks at protecting and maintaining biodiversity to ensure continuity of important indigenous plants, animals and ecosystems. The Natural Environment provides us with a range of necessities including food, water, materials, and flood defences.
Extensive vegetation clearing and draining of wetlands has reduced the number of natural habitats, so biodiversity management is particularly relevant where proposed development can lead to habitat loss. Reducing on-farm environmental impacts is good for the environment and a priority, however, maintaining productivity and economic benefits within agriculture should also be recognised.
This topic looks at managing Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Features through their protection or maintenance. In turn, this contributes to social and cultural wellbeing by providing people with a unique sense of place and identity. Landscapes continue to evolve and reflect a synergy of different land types, vegetation cover, and land use.
The following areas are identified as outstanding by landscape experts:
Outstanding Natural Landscapes
Incorporates the Puketeraki Range and Oxford Foothills, but excludes the Lees Valley floor and some edges of the foothills when compared to the area mapped in the current District Plan.
Outstanding Natural Features (both not in the current Waimakariri District Plan)
It is intended that these areas are overlaid on District Plan maps with a range of rules to manage activities for each area, e.g., structures and earthworks.
This topic looks at the natural character of the Coastal Environment. Natural character has three main components: natural processes, natural elements, and natural patterns.
Natural processes include the action of waves, tides, wind, and rain, as well as the movement of animals and the natural succession of plant species.
Natural elements include water, landforms and vegetation cover.
The distribution of these natural elements over an area forms natural patterns. A fourth important component is the human experience of these natural processes, elements and patterns,and values.
There is a need to manage activities in coastal areas to protect defining natural characteristics.
This topic looks at managing temporary activities in the District. Temporary activities, such as a festival or commercial filming, are shorter in duration and have lesser and more tolerable effects on the environment than permanent activities.However, they can still have effects that warrant management.
Open Space and Recreation Zones, pg 8 (What's the Plan?)Noise, pg 9 (What's the Plan?)
This topic looks at transport provisions in the District Plan, which control matters including site access, parking, activities in the road corridor and the effects of significant land developments on the wider transport network. The District Plan does not control things like parking time limits, speed limits or the provision of public transport services.