The Regional Council has set a new deadline for landowners to lodge a full resource consent to meet the requirements of the Tukituki Catchment Plan.
Regulation group manager Liz Lambert said the Council had set the new date as 26 February 2021 to give farmers enough time to organise a resource consent.
“It’s been an incredibly tough year for our rural community, dealing with a prolonged and a complicated drought. During lockdown, it was impossible to organise a consent as consultants were unable to go on the farm for assessments," she said.
"In light of this, we have extended the deadline, which applies to farmers who were required to submit consents by 31 May 2020, but were unable to due to the restrictions."
Community meetings will be held over the over the coming weeks and Council staff will be able to answer questions regarding the consenting process.
The Tukituki Catchment Plan is a legal, operative plan focused on improving water quality and freshwater resources.
Farmers need to apply for a resource consent if they are leaching nitrogen over the limits set by the plan, their farming property is located within a Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen (DIN) exceeding sub-catchment, they are unable to prevent stock from accessing waterways, or are unable to install stock crossings.
As it was difficult for farmers to submit a full consent during lockdown, the Council put in place an interim solution for people to submit a pre-application as a placeholder for a full application.
“We are now asking landowners to submit their full consent by the new deadline,” said Ms Lambert.
The Minister for the Environment David Parker declined the Regional Council’s application to proceed with a fast-track plan to change the way that nitrogen leaching is modelled on farms in the Tukituki catchment.
The Council has put together a new guide to the nitrogen loss Table 5.9.1D to help farmers when they are preparing a resource consent.
Further information, including procedural guidelines, guidance for low intensity properties and FAQs about the consenting process can be found on the Regional Council’s website, search #tukituki.
16 September 2020
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