Letter: Deadline for submissions

Farmers, landowners and the wider agriculture industry, beware.

The proposed Southland District Plan 2012 was released for public comment on November 30, 2012. Submissions close on February 25, 2013. Submissions on the proposed Subdivision, Land Use & Development Bylaw close on February 15, 2013.

Coincidentally (or not) the timing of these submission periods coincides with the busiest period in the farming calendar. If you don't submit you have no chance to appeal the changes later.

Many of the proposed rules, requirements and the extension of the "Visual Amenity Areas" will have severe negative impacts on farming and future land development.

If adopted, the number of typical farming and other land-use activities requiring resource consent (and which may not be granted permission) will increase dramatically. Farmers and other landowners will be directly affected.

The impacts will be felt by the wider agricultural sector. Negative economic impacts on the local, regional and national economy have not been considered.

Jobs, revenue and export earnings are at risk.

However, as a key stakeholder I have not been consulted.

To establish any credibility and goodwill between the council and landowners, we appeal to the council to extend the deadline for submissions on the plan and bylaw.

The council have been working on the plan changes for five years. Affected parties (the ratepayers) need a more reasonable timeframe to make submissions.

Te Anau Downs Station

The Southland Times