Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council
UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 16 DEC 2011—People living in the residential conservation and residential hill zones may be aware that changes to the Resource Management Act regarding tree protection come into force on 1 January 2012. The Upper Hutt City …
Friday, 16 December 2011
Protected trees unaffected by RMA changes
Trees protected through a zone-based approach are unaffected by changes to the Resource Management Act.
UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 16 DEC 2011—People living in the residential conservation and residential hill zones may be aware that changes to the Resource Management Act regarding tree protection come into force on 1 January 2012. The Upper Hutt City Council is advising Upper Hutt residents that despite the changes, the tree protection rules that currently apply to these zones will remain in place.
The legislative changes mean that only trees or groups of trees identified in a District Plan can be protected. An Environment Court declaration issued in June confirmed that protecting trees within defined areas (zones) remains a valid approach, despite the changes to the Act.
The Council’s Director of Environmental Services, Richard Harbord, advises that “Anyone looking to carry out work on protected trees should first contact the Council for guidance on the relevant rules.”
The Council offices will be open during normal business hours throughout the holiday period, with the exception of public holidays.
For more information on this news release, please contact Amy Bowbyes at the Upper Hutt City Council on (04) 527 2129.
About Upper Hutt City Council
Upper Hutt City Council is the steward and custodian of Upper Hutt City, providing governance, infrastructure, and community services and resources, and promoting opportunity in the city for business, recreation, lifestyle, and leisure. Upper Hutt City is located 30 km north-east of Wellington City (41°07’34” S, 175°04’06” E) and boasts 70% of the region’s parks and reserves, along with state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure facilities.