Building heights a concern

00:46, Mar 31 2014
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Patrick Ward makes his submission at the Southland District Council hearings committee at the first day of hearings at Te Anau today.

Te Anau ratepayers have been told a controversial sewage scheme is off limits as hearings for the Southland District Council's proposed district plan start today.

Hearing chairman councillor Paul Duffy reminded those at the meeting that the controversial proposed Te Anau sewage scheme was not up for discussion.

"That is not a matter this committee is dealing with."

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Southland District Councillors Paul Duffy and John Douglas at the hearings on the district plan in Te Anau today.

Some of the written submissions received on the proposed plan had been to oppose the proposed scheme, which will be considered by Environment Southland.

The first submitter to speak to the committee today was Patrick Ward, who wanted to know why his farm is to be changed from rural zoning to visual amenity landscape zoning.

The proposed zoning change would result in restrictions placed on new building heights, and Ward was concerned his property would be less attractive to potential buyers who would be unable to put up a new building higher than six metres. 


However, council staff were able to address Wards concerns around building heights.

After written submissions were received, staff recommended an adjustment of the restriction on new building heights from 6m to 7m.

Today's hearing allows people who have submitted on the Rural Zone and Natural Features and Landscapes sections of the plan to speak to the Resource Management Committee, who consider the submissions.

The hearings on the proposed plan are expected to continue until the end of July, with the second hearing in Te Anau tomorrow.


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