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Protecting our Unique Landscapes

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Our landscapes and natural environment are precious, but we’ve not always provided for them in the District Plan.

Working with experts, we’ve identified new significant natural areas and for the first time outstanding natural landscapes and features.

Significant natural areas are those that include the district’s indigenous flora and fauna resources that we want to protect. Sadly, in our district there aren’t many of these areas left and we’ve worked with technical experts to provide an informed understanding of the location and extent of these. Our plan proposes special provisions that ensure these significant natural areas are protected.

To identify our outstanding natural landscapes and features, a Landscape Architect has carried out a district wide landscape assessment, as well as an assessment of the natural character of the coastal environment. We’ve identified one outstanding natural landscape and 11 natural features that we want to protect into the future. Areas of high natural character on the coast have also been identified.

The draft District Plan introduces a range of provisions to protect these special landscapes and features, from the potential effects of development. We also know it is important to our community that we provide for public access to the margins of our lakes, rivers and the coast through processes like subdivision. This is an important part of the draft District Plan and something that came through strongly from community feedback during Project Thrive.

To read more head to the related documents and related pages tabs at the top of the page or read the full document here

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