Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan Change to be notified

Environment Canterbury announced today that it would notify Plan Change 1 to the Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan (HWRRP) for public submissions on 4 May 2019. Submissions close on 31 May. The HWRRP is a separate plan from the Canterbury Land & Water Regional Plan.

Plan Change 1 proposes to change the HWRRP rules that address the cumulative effects of land use on water quality so that dryland farmers can continue to operate without the need for resource consent.

Councillor Peter Skelton said the HWRRP currently requires resource consent for all farms where nutrient losses have increased by more than 10% since 2013.

“Dryland farms have very low nutrient loss rates, but small, normal fluctuations in stock numbers or winter feed area can trigger a consent requirement in the Hurunui Waiau zone. This plan change seeks to address that,” Professor Skelton said.

Public notice of Plan Change 1 to the Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan

Find out more about the Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan.

Questions and answers for farmers

Frequently asked questions

Is my farm a “dryland farm” for the purpose of this plan change?

The plan change applies to farms with no irrigation and less than 10% of the farm area in winter forage crop (root or brassica). Poultry and pig farming (beyond very limited numbers) are not considered “dryland farming” for the purposes of this plan change.

Will dryland farmers have to implement good management practices?

Yes. Dryland farmers will be expected to implement good management practice and record this in a management plan. They will also have to report on their winter grazing area.