Parts of the Canterbury Land & Water Regional Plan (LWRP) were made operative on 1 September 2015. This means everyone in Canterbury needs to be working in accordance with the rules in the Plan.
The LWRP has new rules for farming activities relating to nutrient management. The aim of these is to maintain current water quality and prevent further increases in nutrient losses before the catchment limit setting process is finalised. This will be done through a Zone Committee and community consultation. The results will form a sub-regional plan change to the LWRP.
What does this mean for farmers?
All farmers in Canterbury need to operate within the farming activity rules, unless you are in the Hurunui & Waiau catchment or Selwyn Te Waihora. Sub-regional planning processes which can result in different rules are underway in Hinds Plains, South Canterbury Coastal Streams, Wairewa and Waitaki. However, the current Land and Water Regional Plan rules still apply to these areas until a sub-regional Plan Changes become operative.
To continue to farm within nutrient management rules, most dairy farmers will require:
- a farming activity resource consent
- a nitrogen baseline and
- a farm environment plan.
The rules vary depending on which colour nutrient allocation zone your farm is in.
Terms you need to know
- Nitrogen Baseline
- Farm Environment Plans
- Farming activity resource consent
- Matrix of Good Management Practice