Are you a Hurunui District resident or ratepayer?

If so, then you might have received notice from Environment Canterbury about Plan Change 1 to the Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan.    The Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan currently requires all farms where nutrient losses have increased by more than 10% since 2013 to apply for a resource consent.  Dryland farms (those without irrigation) tend to have relatively low nutrient loss rates, and therefore small changes to farming practices can have a significant impact on nutrient losses and therefore trigger a consent requirement.   Plan change 1 has been notified by Ecan to attempt to address this situation.

Do you agree with this approach?  Are you a dryland landholder in the Hurunui District? Do you think greater controls should be sought with regards to nutrient losses, or do you think that lesser controls should be the way forward for land management in this area?

Whichever is your view, the Council is now seeking comment. Submissions close on the 31st May 2019.  Our staff at Avanzar Consulting can assist you to prepare your submission.