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8.1.4 Land and Soil

8.1.4.1 Soil Disturbance, Roading and Tracking, Vegetation Clearance and Riparian Vegetation Clearance

Exception

These Assessment Criteria and Information Requirements do not apply to:

Plantation forestry activities as from 1 May 2018 these activities are regulated under the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry Regulations 2017(external link).

 

  1. Volume, area, length and batter height of the proposed activity.
  2. The proposed start and completion times of the activity.
  3. Description of the topography, soil type and vegetation.
  4. What effects the activity will have on the environment including:
    1. the potential effects on soil erosion, slope stability, adjacent water bodies and water quality,
    2. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna1,
    3. the extent to which the activity will affect sites of significance to tangata whenua as Kaitiaki,
    4. the extent to which the activity will affect neighbouring properties,
    5. the extent to which the activity will affect any lawfully established structure,
    6. the effects on the uses and values of adjacent water bodies,
    7. the effects on uses and values of adjacent water bodies as identified in the Regional Coastal Plan.
  5. The design and construction methods to be used.
  6. The method of vegetation clearance to be used.
  7. Methods to control water and sediment run-off from the site.

8.1.4.2 Soil Disturbance/Vegetation Clearance in Karst Landscapes

Exception

These Assessment Criteria and Information Requirements do not apply to:

Plantation forestry activities as from 1 May 2018 these activities are regulated under the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry Regulations 2017(external link).

 

In addition to the information requirements for soil disturbance, roading and tracking, vegetation clearance and riparian vegetation set out in Section 8.1.4.1, the following information should be supplied with consent application to undertake soil disturbance or vegetation clearance in karst landscapes:

  1. Information on the significance, location and length of the cave system being affected by the activity. Where the cave is nationally or regionally significant, this should include a survey that identifies entrances, stream resurgences and sinks.
  2. An assessment of the state of the cave’s ecosystem and the likely long- and short-term effects of the activity on those ecosystems.
  3. Measures to be taken to avoid, remedy, or mitigate the effects of the activity on the cave’s flow regimes, climate (especially humidity and temperature) and ecosystems.
  4. Measures to avoid, remedy, or mitigate any adverse effects on downstream caves or landowners affected by the activity.
  5. Measures to avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse effects on the relationship tangata whenua as Kaitiaki have with karst landscapes.

8.1.4.3 Cleanfill, Landfill Overburden and Sediment/Vegetation Disposal Sites

Exception

These Assessment Criteria and Information Requirements do not apply to:

Plantation forestry activities as from 1 May 2018 these activities are regulated under the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry Regulations 2017(external link).

 

  1. Volume, area, length and batter height of the proposed activity.
  2. The proposed start and completion times of the activity.
  3. Description of the topography, soil type and vegetation.
  4. What effects the activity will have on the environment including:
    1. the potential effects on soil erosion, slope stability (including the potential to exacerbate preexisting deep seated land instability), adjacent water bodies and water quality,
    2. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna2,
    3. the extent to which the activity will affect sites of significance to tangata whenua as Kaitiaki,
    4. the extent to which the activity will affect neighbouring properties,
    5. the extent to which the activity will affect any lawfully established structure.
    6. the extent to which the activity will affect any cave system, wetland or geothermal feature,
    7. the extent to which the discharge will comply with the requirements of Policy 1 in Chapter 6.1 of this Plan with regard to objectionable effects from particulate matter,
    8. the effects on the uses and values of adjacent water bodies,
    9. the effects on uses and values of adjacent water bodies as identified in the Regional Coastal Plan.
  5. The design and construction methods to be used.
  6. Methods to control water and sediment run-off from the site.
  7. The characteristics and sources of the material to be received at the site, and the measures to ensure that the material meets the definition of cleanfill or overburden in this Plan.
  8. An assessment of the acid drainage potential of the material.
  9. Methods to control airborne particulate matter.
  10. Any measure necessary to rehabilitate the land following the completion of activity.

8.1.4.4 Farm Dumps and Offal Holes

  1. The intended size of the facility.
  2. The proposed start and completion times of the activity.
  3. Description of the topography of the site.
  4. The location of the site relative to neighbouring properties, water bodies, cave entrances, wetlands and geothermal features.
  5. The characteristics, composition, source and volume of substances being discharged or likely to be discharged in the future, and any likely by-products occurring from the degradation of these substances.
  6. The characteristics of the receiving environment, including the current and likely future uses of that environment.
  7. The mitigation measures, safeguards and contingency plans to be undertaken to prevent or reduce the actual and potential adverse environment effects of the operation.
  8. Provisions for the handling of any noxious or hazardous wastes, and the acceptance criteria and degree of pre-treatment that will be required prior to disposal of any such wastes at the site.
  9. The effect of the activity on any cultural heritage site or area, including sites of significance to tangata whenua as Kaitiaki.
  10. The effect of the activity on areas of significant indigenous vegetation, significant habitats of indigenous fauna3 and significant natural features such as cave and karst systems.
  11. The extent to which the discharge will comply with the effects listed in Policy 1 in Chapter 6.1 of this Plan, with regard to objectionable odour.

8.1.4.5 New and Currently Operating Landfills

  1. A description of the site, intended size of the facility, and the intended opening and closure dates of the facility.
  2. A Landfill Development and Management Plan detailing, among other items, the:
    1. basis of the landfill management strategy,
    2. terms of site operation,
    3. design details,
    4. development works,
    5. plan for operating the landfill (including factors such as stormwater management, landfill gas management and leachate management),
    6. provisions to be made for monitoring and record keeping,
    7. quality assurance and control measures.
  3. An Aftercare and Monitoring Plan for the site detailing items such as the:
    1. basis for the Aftercare and Monitoring Strategy (including methods to be employed to manage the effects of stormwater management, leachate management, revegetation, landfill gas management and other discharges to air),
    2. design concepts,
    3. restoration works,
    4. landfill site aftercare,
    5. monitoring and record keeping,
    6. quality assurance and control measures.
  4. The location of the site relative to any water body, high risk erosion area, cave or cave entrance, significant geothermal feature, and any areas prone to natural hazard events such as land instability, earthquakes or floods.
  5. The extent to which the activity will affect areas of significant indigenous vegetation, significant habitats of indigenous fauna4 and significant natural features such as cave and karst systems.
  6. Waste acceptance criteria and provisions for the handling of any noxious or hazardous wastes including an indication of the degree of pre-treatment that will be required prior to disposal of any such wastes at the site.
  7. The extent to which the landfill will affect the uses and values of any nearby surface water body as identified in the Water Management Class Maps of this Plan.
  8. The extent to which the discharge will comply with Policy 1 in Chapter 6.1 with regard to objectionable odour and particulate matter effects.
  9. The presence, in any discharge to air, of any hazardous air contaminants as listed in Chapter 6.7 of this Plan.
  10. The extent to which any discharge to air creates actual or potential effects on the global atmosphere (within the scope of government policy).
  11. The characteristics, compositions and volume of substances being discharged or likely to be discharged in the future, and any likely by-products occurring from the degradation of these substances.
  12. The characteristics of the receiving environment, including the current and likely future uses of that environment.
  13. The mitigation measures, safeguards and contingency plans to be undertaken to prevent or reduce the actual and potential adverse environmental effects of the operation, including the degree of containment to be provided.
  14. The extent to which the activity will affect archaeological sites, waahi tapu or other sites of significance to tangata whenua as Kaitiaki.

8.1.4.6 Closed Landfills

  1. A description of any actual or potential adverse effects on land, water and air arising from any discharges emanating from the site.
  2. The action that is to be taken to avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse effects of these discharges.
  3. An assessment of the extent to which the discharges can comply with the water classification for affected water bodies as identified in the Water Management Class Maps of this Plan.
  4. The extent to which any discharge to air will comply with Policy 1 in Chapter 6.1, with regard to objectionable effects from odour and particulate matter effects.
  5. The presence, in any discharge to air, of any hazardous air contaminants as listed in Chapter 6.7.
  6. The extent to which any discharge to air creates actual or potential effects on the global atmosphere (within the scope of government policy).
  7. An Aftercare and Monitoring Plan for the site, details items such as:
    1. basis for the Aftercare and Monitoring Strategy (including methods to be employed to manage the effects of stormwater management, leachate management, revegetation, landfill gas management and other discharges to air),
    2. design plan for any works to be undertaken,
    3. restoration works,
    4. landfill site aftercare,
    5. monitoring and record keeping,
    6. quality assurance and control measures.
  8. The location of the site relative to any water body, high risk erosion area, cave or cave entrance, significant geothermal feature, and any areas prone to natural hazard events such as deep seated land instability, earthquakes or floods.
  9. The effect of the activity on areas of significant indigenous vegetation, significant habitats of indigenous fauna5 and significant natural features such as cave and karst systems.
  10. The composition and quantity of waste disposed of at the site and the length of time since the site closed.

8.1.4.7 Composting Operations

  1. The location and size of the site.
  2. A description of the site including proximity of neighbours and prevailing wind directions.
  3. Measures to be used to control and monitor the level of hazardous substances and other contaminants in the compost.
  4. The location of the site relative to any water body, high risk erosion area, wetland, cave or cave entrance or significant geothermal feature, and any areas prone to natural hazard events such as deep seated land instability, earthquakes or floods.
  5. The extent to which the discharge will affect the uses and values of any nearby surface water body as identified in the Water Management Class Maps.
  6. The extent to which the discharge will comply with Policy 1 in Chapter 6.1, with regard to objectionable odour and particulate matter effects.
  7. The extent to which the activity will impact upon neighbouring properties.
  8. The effect of the activity on areas of significant indigenous vegetation, significant habitats of indigenous fauna6 and significant natural features such as cave and karst systems.
  9. Any measures necessary to rehabilitate the land following the completion of the activity.
  10. Any contingency measures in place to address a failure to sell composted product.
  11. Measures to be adopted to manage stormwater and leachate.
  12. The methods to be used to manufacture the compost.

8.1.4.8 Dust Suppressants

  1. The nature, concentration and characteristics of the contaminant and any impurities within the substance, and the extent to which they may cause chronic or acute human health effects or effects such as objectionable odour, or adverse effects on flora, fauna and ecosystems.
  2. The extent to which the discharge may contaminate soils, and measures for monitoring and responding to changes in these levels.
  3. The extent to which the discharge will affect the uses and values of any surface water body as identified in the Water Management Class Maps.
  4. The method of application (including the loading rate, viscosity, site specific characteristics and time of application).
  5. The proximity of occupied dwelling houses, public land, sealed roads and other land uses that are sensitive to the effects of the compound being used.
  6. The methods to be used to prevent discharges to water.
  7. Availability and suitability of alternative dust suppression products.

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