Living in rural areas is different from living in urban areas. This page answers a few questions people have around expectations and reality
IT'S PARADISE - RIGHT?
It can be but remember - the rural environment is where people live and work. That means its both a beautiful landscape and a place of production.
Some production activities create effects that are noticeable on adjoining properties. Many of these effects are a necessary and legitimate part of rural production. Maybe not all day or all year - but sometimes, depending on the season there might be:
Look around the rural neighbourhood and see what's there. Think about how established activities might affect you.
Ask around - find out what day to day life is like in that rural area in all seasons. Spend some time there - check it out in good weather and bad weather days and all wind directions.
It might pay to check. Usually you can, provided your activities don't cause adverse environmental effects.
Councils are responsible for managing the effects of activities and may have rules and bylaws controlling things like:
There may be particular or additional controls in areas that have special landscape or ecological importance.
Ask the Council for a copy of the rules applying to your property and rural neighbourhood
Just as in town it's important to get on with neighbours. The council can set basic guidelines or standards, but when it comes to managing minor matters its up to you and your neighbours. Make sure you get hold of your neighbours if anything happens on their property that might affect you and tell your neighbours about your plans that might affect them.
The rural landscape is constantly changing. Change is necessary and inevitable part of living in the country.
Council's rules are not intended to preserve things as they are now but to manage the environmental effects of ongoing changes. Ask the council about its rules for rural subdivisions and the location of buildings on adjoining land.
Other things to check:
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