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5.1.4 Implementation Methods - Accelerated Erosion

5.1.4.1 Environmental Education

Waikato Regional Council will, through environmental education programmes, raise awareness within the regional community:

  1. of sustainable soil management practices for activities that cause accelerated erosion and how these practices can be implemented
  2. on how to undertake retirement and/or rehabilitation of land subject to severe accelerated erosion
  3. of the value of ‘care’ groups to avoid the adverse effects of accelerated erosion and remedy or mitigate these effects if they do occur
  4. on the significance of cave karst landscapes and land use practices that avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse effects on them.

5.1.4.2 Investigation

Waikato Regional Council will undertake, and where appropriate, encourage investigation into:

  1. the extent to which different activities cause accelerated erosion, contribute sediment to water bodies and adversely affect aquatic and estuarine habitats
  2. the location, extent, severity and causes of accelerated erosion in the Waikato Region
  3. the adverse effect of activities causing accelerated erosion,
  4. sustainable land management practices.

5.1.4.3 Good Practice

Waikato Regional Council will, in conjunction with relevant organisations, industry groups and individuals undertaking activities causing accelerated erosion, provide guidance on the development, implementation and review of good practice techniques or appropriate codes of practices.

5.1.4.4 Economic Incentives

Waikato Regional Council will consider providing funding contributions for the promotion and implementation of new initiatives that assist in resolving accelerated erosion problems within the Region.

5.1.4.5 Property Management Plans/Environmental Management Systems

Waikato Regional Council will encourage and assist landowners with the development and implementation of property management plans and environmental management systems that identify erosion risk areas and measures to avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse environmental effects of land use activities.

5.1.4.6 Investigate Approved Operators Approach

Waikato Regional Council will investigate the workability of an ‘approved operators approach’ with respect to soil disturbance and vegetation clearance activities in the Waikato Region and initiate a change to the Plan if such an approach is appropriate.

5.1.4.7 Joint Plans/Strategies

Waikato Regional Council will promote the preparation and implementation of joint plans, strategies or agreements with territorial authorities to address accelerated erosion issues. Priority will be given to joint plans, strategies or agreements for:

  1. the Region’s karst landscapes
  2. the Coromandel and west coast estuaries
  3. the Lake Taupo Catchment.

5.1.4.8 Information, advice and comments on Land Use Consent Applications

Waikato Regional Council will provide information, advice and comments and, if appropriate, submissions on consent applications submitted to territorial authorities where such applications may result in adverse effects on soil conservation, land stability, erosion hazards and dune systems. A formal process for the advice on land use consent applications and provision of comments, advice and submissions will be developed in conjunction with territorial authorities.

5.1.4.9 Effects of Livestock Management

If the current extent of adverse effects attributable to livestock having access to water bodies is not reduced significantly at the time of Plan review or by 2005, whichever is the sooner, then rules to excludes livestock from water bodies identified by Method 3.9.4.6 as being particularly sensitive to land use effects, will be promoted as part of the Plan review or by way of a Plan change.

5.1.4.10 Part XII RMA Enforcement

Waikato Regional Council will apply for enforcement orders, issue abatement notices and use other enforcement mechanisms in Part XII of the RMA, where an activity breaches conditions of rules or has the effects listed in Policy 1.

Land use practices that may result in or increase the potential for, the adverse effects listed in Issue 5.1.1 to occur include:

  1. intensive mob stocking and inappropriate livestock type
  2. livestock grazing on river and lake banks and beds
  3. vegetation clearance on slopes greater than 25 degrees that are not revegetated within six to 12 months
  4. soil disturbance activities where there is inadequate sediment and runoff control
  5. soil disturbance on sand dunes and in the margins of the coastal marine area.

5.1.4.11 Permitted Activity Rule – Soil Disturbance, Roading and Tracking and Vegetation Clearance

Exception

This Rule does 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.

 

  1. Unless otherwise provided for by Rules 5.1.4.14, 5.1.4.15, 5.1.4.16 or 5.1.4.17, soil disturbance, roading and tracking, and vegetation clearance and any associated deposition of slash into or onto the beds of rivers and any subsequent discharge of contaminants into water or air;
  2. Any roading and tracking activities associated with the installation of bridges or culverts permitted by Rules 4.2.8.1, 4.2.9.1 and 4.2.9.2, within 20 metres of that bridge or culvert and any associated deposition of slash into or onto the beds of rivers and any subsequent discharge of contaminants into water or air;
  3. Vegetation clearance of planted production forest as planted at the date upon which this Plan becomes operative;

are permitted activities subject to the conditions in Section 5.1.5. In addition 5.1.4.11(3) is subject to the following conditions:

  1. Provided that replanting of planted production forest does not occur within:
    1. five metres, on either side, of the bed of a water body excluding an ephemeral stream (except on the Coromandel Peninsula); and
    2. ten metres, on either side of the bed of a water body excluding an ephemeral stream on the Coromandel Peninsula streams greater than 50 hectares
    3. five metres on either side of the bed of water bodies between 20 and 50 hectares on the Coromandel Peninsula regardless of slope;
  2. On the Coromandel Peninsula where wilding pines are present at a density of greater than 50 stems per kilometre of riparian margin they will all be removed at first thinning so long as practicable from a safety perspective.

Advisory Notes:

  • District plans may have rules which restrict land disturbance and vegetation clearance in areas outside of high risk erosion areas.
  • Grazing and cultivation are excluded from the requirements of this Rule.

5.1.4.12 Permitted Activity Rule – Soil Cultivation Adjacent to Water Bodies

Except as controlled by Rules 7.2.6.1 and 7.2.6.2 soil cultivation not less than two metres from the bed of a river or lake and any subsequent discharge of contaminants into water or air is a permitted activity subject to the following conditions:

  1. The concentration of suspended solids discharged from the activity shall not result in any of the following receiving water standards being breached:
  1. in Waikato Region Surface class waters - 100 grams per cubic metre suspended solids concentration
  2. in Indigenous Fisheries and Fish Habitat class waters - 80 grams per cubic metre suspended solids concentration
  3. in Trout Fisheries and Trout Spawning Habitat class waters - 25 grams per cubic metre suspended solids concentration
  4. in Contact Recreation class waters - black disc horizontal visibility greater than 1.6 metres.
  5. in Natural State class waters - the activity or discharge shall not increase the concentration of suspended solids in the receiving water by more than 10 percent.

Condition a) shall apply, except where the suspended solids concentration or black disc horizontal visibility in the receiving water is greater than the standards specified, at the time and location of discharge or of undertaking the activity. Then there shall not be any increase (i.e. further deterioration) in the receiving water suspended solids concentration or black disc horizontal visibility of more than 20% as a result of the activity or discharge.

The point at which compliance with this standard shall be measured is after reasonable mixing has occurred which in any instance does not exceed 200 metres from the point of discharge.

Advisory Note:

  • The bed of a river is defined by the diagram in Chapter 4.1 of this Plan.

5.1.4.13 Discretionary Activity Rule – Soil Disturbance, Roading and Tracking and Vegetation Clearance

Exception

This Rule does 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.

 

  1. Any soil disturbance, roading and tracking, and vegetation clearance and any associated deposition of slash into or onto the beds of rivers and any subsequent discharge of contaminants into water or air that does not comply with the conditions of Permitted Activity Rule 5.1.4.11;
  2. Soil cultivation within two metres of the bed of a river or lake that does not comply with Rule 5.1.4.12;

are discretionary activities (requiring resource consent).

Advisory Notes:

  • District plans may have rules, which restrict land disturbance and vegetation clearance in areas outside of high risk erosion areas.
  • Information requirements to enable the assessment of any application under this Rule are set out in Section 8.1.4.1 of this Plan. In addition, assessment shall also take into account the matters identified in Policy 1 of Section 5.1.3.

5.1.4.14 Controlled Activity Rule – Soil Disturbance, Roading and Tracking and Vegetation Clearance, Riparian Vegetation Clearance in High Risk Erosion Areas

Exception

This Rule does 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.

 

Except as restricted by Rule 5.1.4.16, the following activities, occurring in any continuous 12 month period and located in a high risk erosion area:

  1. Roading and tracking activities between 100 and 2,000 metres in length, or
  2. Soil disturbance activities between 250 and 1,000 cubic metres in volume (solid measure), or
  3. Soil disturbance activities between 0.2 and 2.0 hectares in area, or
  4. Soil disturbance activities resulting in a cut slope batter exceeding three metres in vertical height over a cumulative distance between 30 and 120 metres in length, or
  5. Vegetation Clearance of between one and five hectares with the exclusion of planted production forests, plant pests as specified in the Waikato Regional Council’s Regional Pest Management Strategy and vegetation clearance adjacent to a Natural State water body as shown on the Water Management Class Maps
  6. Vegetation clearance which is within five metres on either side, of the banks of a water body excluding an ephemeral stream, and which is between 50 to 100 metres in length per kilometre of that water body, with the exclusion of planted production forests and vegetation in riparian margins adjacent to planted production forest, riparian enhancement and replanting programmes and plant pests as specified in the Waikato Regional Council’s Pest Management Strategy.
  7. Vegetation clearance within five metres on either side of the banks of a water body excluding an ephemeral stream of greater than 50 metres in length per kilometre of that water body of:
    1. Planted production forest (except as provided for in Rule 5.1.4.11(3) and/or vegetation in riparian margins adjacent to planted production forest; or
    2. Vegetation associated with riparian enhancement programmes.
  8. Any roading and tracking activities associated with the installation of a bridge or culvert controlled by Rules 4.2.8.2 and 4.2.9.3, within 20 metres of that bridge or culvert;

and any associated deposition of slash into or onto the beds of rivers and any subsequent discharge of contaminants into water or air are controlled activities (requiring resource consent) subject to the standards and terms as specified in Section 5.1.5.

Waikato Regional Council reserves control over the matters that are specified in Section 5.1.6.

Exclusion to Rule 5.1.4.14:

  1. This Rule shall not apply to vegetation clearance within high risk erosion areas and riparian vegetation clearance where it is for the express purposes of erosion control or natural hazard mitigation, provided Waikato Regional Council is notified in writing at least ten (10) working days prior to the activity commencing. (Rule 5.1.4.11 applies).
  2. This Rule shall not apply to the clearance of planted production forest where the clearance is for the express purpose of constructing access across the bed of a river where the crossing structure and associated earthworks are otherwise permitted by this plan or a resource consent.

Notification:

  1. Subject to 2. below applications for resource consents under this Rule will be considered without notification.
  2. Notice of applications for vegetation clearance under this Rule other than:
  • clearance of planted production forest,
  • vegetation clearance in riparian margins adjacent to planted production forest, or
  • riparian enhancement and replanting programmes

will be served on all adversely affected persons.

Advisory note:

  • Information requirements to enable the assessment of any application under this Rule are set out in Section 8.1.4.1 of this Plan. In addition, assessment shall also take into account the matters identified in Policy 2 of Section 5.1.3.
  • For the disposal of materials in high risk erosion areas generated by activities under Rule 5.1.4.14 refer to Rules 5.2.5.1, 5.2.5.2 and 5.2.5.3.
  • For vegetation clearance by way of burning also refer to Section 6.1.12 of this Plan.
  • For vegetation clearance by way of spraying agrichemicals also refer to Section 6.2.4 of this Plan.
  • Applicants are advised to consult with the relevant district plan to determine whether district rules apply.
  • Grazing and cultivation are excluded from the requirements of this Rule.
  • Solid measure may be approximated by calculating the volume of soil that has been disturbed multiplied by a factor of 0.8 to account for the bulking up of soil when disturbed.

5.1.4.15 Discretionary Activity Rule – Soil Disturbance, Roading, Tracking, Vegetation Clearance, Riparian Vegetation Clearance in High Risk Erosion Areas

Exception

This Rule does 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.

 

Except as restricted by Rule 5.1.4.16 the following activities, occurring in any continuous 12 month period and located in a high risk erosion area:

  1. Roading and tracking activities exceeding 2,000 metres in length
  2. Soil disturbance activities exceeding 1,000 cubic metres in volume (solid measure)
  3. Soil disturbance activities exceeding two hectares in area
  4. Soil disturbance activities resulting in a cut slope batter exceeding three metres in vertical height over a cumulative distance exceeding 120 metres in length
  5. Vegetation clearance exceeding five hectares with the exclusion of planted production forests (except those restricted by Rule 5.1.4.16), and plant pests as specified in the Waikato Regional Council’s Regional Pest Management Strategy
  6. Riparian vegetation clearance which is within five metres on either side of the banks of a perennial water body which exceeds 100 metres in length per kilometre, with the exclusion of planted production forests, riparian enhancement programmes and plant pests as specified in the Waikato Regional Council’s Regional Pest Management Strategy
  7. Any riparian vegetation clearance within five metres of a Natural State water body as shown on the Water Management Class Maps except:
    1. that which is required as part of the construction of a walking track no greater than two metres width, and
    2. the control of plant pests as specified in the Waikato Regional Council’s Regional Pest Management Strategy
  8. Any activity specified in Rules 5.1.4.14 and 5.1.4.16, that does not comply with the conditions and standards and terms in Section 5.1.5;

and any associated deposition of slash into or onto the beds of rivers and any subsequent discharge of contaminants into water or air are discretionary activities (requiring resource consent).

Exclusions to Rule 5.1.4.15:

This Rule shall not apply to vegetation clearance within high risk erosion areas and riparian vegetation clearance where it is for the express purposes of erosion control or natural hazard mitigation, provided Waikato Regional Council is notified in writing at least ten (10) working days prior to work commencing. (Rule 5.1.4.11 applies).

Advisory Notes:

  • Information requirements to enable the assessment of any application under this Rule are set out in Section 8.1.4.1 of this Plan. In addition, assessment shall also take into account the matters identified in Policy 2 of Section 5.1.3.
  • For vegetation clearance by way of burning also refer to Section 6.1.12 of this Plan.
  • For vegetation clearance by way of spraying agrichemicals also refer to Section 6.2.4 of this Plan.
  • Applicants are advised to consult with the relevant district plan to determine whether district rules apply.
  • Grazing and cultivation are excluded from the requirements of this Rule.
  • Solid measure may be approximated by calculating the volume of soil that has been disturbed multiplied by a factor of 0.8 to account for the bulking up of soil when disturbed.



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Figure 5.1 Application of Regional Rules Adjacent to Water Bodies

Exception

This Figure does 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.

 

 

5.1.4.16 Controlled Activity Rule – Vegetation Clearance in Catchments Draining into Coromandel Peninsula Estuaries

Exception

This Rule does 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.

 

Vegetation clearance exceeding 50 hectares per annum on slopes greater than 20 degrees within the catchments of the Coromandel, Whangapoua, Whitianga, Tairua, Wharekawa, Whangamata, Manaia, Colville Bay, Waikawau, Purangi and Otahu estuaries and any associated deposition of slash into or onto the beds of rivers and any subsequent discharge of contaminants into water or air is a controlled activity (requiring resource consent) subject to the standards and terms in Section 5.1.5.

Waikato Regional Council reserves control over the matters that are specified in Section 5.1.6.

Notification:

  1. Notice of applications for vegetation clearance of planted production forest will be served only on hapu and iwi of the area where the activity is to occur.
  2. Notice of applications for vegetation clearance other than clearance of planted production forest will be served on hapu and iwi of the area where the activity is to occur and on all adversely affected persons.

Limited notification to such hapu and iwi is to enable consideration as to whether the activity adversely affects their relationship as tangata whenua with their ancestral sites, waahi tapu or other taonga. Waikato Regional Council can provide contact details of hapu or iwi for the relevant area.

Advisory Notes:

  • Information requirements to enable the assessment of any application under this rule are set out in Section 8.1.4.1 of this Plan. In addition, assessment shall also take into account the matters identified in Policy 2 of Section 5.1.3.
  • For vegetation clearance by way of burning also refer to Section 6.1.12 of this Plan.
  • For vegetation clearance by way of spraying agrichemicals also refer to Section 6.2.4 of this Plan.
  • Applicants are advised to consult with the relevant district plan to determine whether district rules apply.

 

5.1.4.17 Discretionary Activity Rule – Soil Disturbance/Vegetation Clearance in Karst Landscapes

Exception

This Rule does 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.

 

The following activities in karst landscapes:

  1. any soil disturbance or vegetation clearance activity undertaken within the catchment of, or 10 metres of, whichever is the lesser, a sinkhole or cave entrance
  2. the creation of a new entrance to a cave or soil disturbance within a cave;

and any associated deposition of slash into or onto the beds of rivers and any subsequent discharge of contaminants into water or air are discretionary activities (requiring resource consent).

Advisory Notes:

  • Information requirements to enable the assessment of any application under this Rule are set out in Section 8.1.4.2 of this Plan. In addition, assessment shall also take into account the matters identified in Policy 2 of Section 5.1.3.
  • For vegetation clearance by way of burning also refer to Section 6.1.12 of this Plan.
  • For vegetation clearance by way of spraying agrichemicals also refer to Section 6.2.4 of this Plan.
  • Applicants are advised to consult with the relevant district plan to determine whether district rules apply.

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