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Protecting our Land Resources

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Our District is made up of areas of naturally productive land that should be protected. We’ve engaged technical experts to identify these areas and are proposing to introduce three new rural zones.

We’ve engaged a technical expert who has worked with us across the district to identify areas of land with high productivity and versatility. This means that this land is naturally fertile and can be used for a range of different productive purposes.

Central Hawke’s Bay is comprised of areas of regionally, if not nationally significant productive and versatile land. We need to manage how we develop and use this land, protecting the primacy of these versatile and productive soils.

One of the ways that the draft District Plan addresses this is through the introduction of new rural zones. The plains production zone and the rural production zone, are two new proposed zones that recognise the productive value of the districts soils. We’ve also established a new rural living zone, which provides our community with the option of enjoying a rural lifestyle. These new rural zones recognise the different land use capability values of the soils within them. Through the process of identifying our productive land, we’ve found that even land that has lower productivity and versatility, still has the potential to be productive and warrants protection.

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