Caring for the environment  |  14 May 2021

Formal submissions on a proposed change to better protect native trees and plants will open on 19 May.

Christchurch City Council wants feedback on a proposed District Plan change to better protect and maintain indigenous vegetation across the district.

Proposed Plan Change 7 – Managing Significant Indigenous Vegetation proposes new rules around the clearance of native trees and plants that apply to areas of coastal farmland. It also seeks to amend the definition of improved pasture relating to areas of existing pasture, as well as policies that apply to indigenous vegetation clearance across the entire district.  

An initial round of feedback was called for earlier this year, resulting in some changes to what Christchurch City Council is proposing to better protect native vegetation, particularly around the amount that can be cleared consecutively to manage cumulative effects.

Council Head of Planning and Strategic Transport David Griffiths says the Council wants to know what people think about the proposal, in case there is anything it hasn’t considered when drafting the plan change.

“The proposed plan change will affect any individual wanting to undertake clearance of native trees and plants at or above limits established in the District Plan, as well as farming activities to maintain existing pasture for grazing livestock.”

From Wednesday, 19 May, the proposed plan change can be viewed during opening hours at any Council service centres or libraries. It can also be viewed online at from 19 May. 

Submissions must be received before 5pm on 21 June 2021.