Tell us what you think about rural subdivision

Tell us what you think about rural subdivision

Friday, March 06, 2015

What do you want the future rural environment of South Taranaki to look like?

Council is currently reviewing the District Plan which sets out the policies and rules for rural subdivision. Dairy farming is the predominant activity in the rural environment, but there is some pressure for people wishing to live in the rural area for lifestyle reasons. Subdivision for lifestyle purposes in rural areas can support local community facilities (e.g. children for local schools) as well as provide housing for workers. However, conflicts can arise between people living in rural areas for lifestyle and working purposes where they may have different expectations about noise, odour and other nuisances. The Council is seeking to balance the tensions between providing opportunities for rural-residential living (subdivision) and enabling primary production activities (and other complementary rural uses) to operate without unreasonable restriction. To inform Council’s decision on how to manage rural subdivision in the rural environment, we would like to hear from you.

Council wants to understand the following:

What do you value about the rural environment?

What are the motivations for rural-residential living?

To what extent should rural-residential subdivision be allowed to occur?

What do you think is more important in South Taranaki? Farming, and productive rural activities, or rural-residential subdivision, or both?

What are the general land characteristics desired by those seeking rural residential properties (lot size, location, rural or coastal outlook, proximity to services)?

What are the values or expectations of people moving to these kinds of properties, choosing this specific lifestyle? (e.g. peace and quiet, open space, or a working rural environment?)

Do you think there is potential in South Taranaki for future subdivision to affect the effective functioning of primary production activities?

Do you think there is a significant issue in South Taranaki with the pressure for rural-residential subdivision where conflicts may arise?

Have your say by filling out this survey to help Council determine how the rural environment should be used, developed, protected and subdivided in future.