Update to the Register of Notable Trees

Independent Hearing Commissioner’s decision and Council’s Resolution on Council-initiated Plan Change.

Notification of decision on Council-initiated Plan Change (Plan Change 10 Notable Trees) to the Wairarapa Combined District Plan under Clause 11 of the First Schedule, Resource Management Act 1991.

The Register of Notable Trees is Appendix 1.4 of the District Plan. The Register includes records of the trees within the district that are deemed worthy of protection. The Register provides certainty to landowners, and all other district plan users about what (if any) trees are protected on a given site. The purpose of Plan Change 10 was to ensure that the Register is up to date and relevant for the district. 

A hearing was held on 21 November 2019 and recommendations from the Independent Hearing Commissioner were received on 31 January 2020 which recommended that the Council adopt the Plan Change. The Commissioner’s recommendations included decisions around specific trees and that the Standard Tree Evaluation Method (STEM) threshold be lowered. The Commissioner’s recommendations were presented to South Wairarapa District Council on 5 February 2020. Council adopted the Commissioner’s recommendations.

The Plan Change has been notified to the submitters and the appeal process has been completed. 

The recommendations of the Hearing Commissioner and Council Resolution that ratified the Plan Change are available to be viewed at:

  • South Wairarapa District Council offices, 19 Kitchener Street, Martinborough
  • Greytown, Martinborough and Featherston Public Libraries
  • Documents provided below

Commissioner’s Recommendation and Council Decision
Council Resolution

Please phone the Planning Department at South Wairarapa District Council on 06 306 9611 extension 870 if you have any questions about the Plan Change.

For more information please go to https://swdc.govt.nz/community/update-to-the-register-of-notable-trees/

Harry Wilson
For and on behalf of the

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