Public notice: Application concerning Resource Consent - Fiordland Trails Trust

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Description:

Land use consent is sought to construct Legs 2 and 3 of the Te Anau – Te Anau Downs Multi-Use Trail.

Proposed Leg 2 is 3.5km in length and will run from the Upukerora Bridge to Sinclair Road.
Proposed Leg 3 is 11km in length and will run from Sinclair Road to Boundary Creek.
The applicant seeks consent to undertake approximately 26,000m3 of earthworks for the construction of the trail, including earthworks within a riparian margin.

The applicant seeks consent for the removal of up to 37,500m2 of indigenous vegetation to enable construction of the trail.

Location:

The trail will be located on three parcels of Crown owned land.
Leg 2 of the trail is proposed to extend from the Upukerora Bridge to Sinclair Road.
Leg 3 of the trail is proposed to extend from Sinclair Road to Boundary Creek.
Legal Description: Section 52 Block IX Mararoa Survey District (RT SL8A/88), Crown Land Block IX Mararoa Survey District, Part Run 301B.

Zoning:

The site is located in the Rural Zone under the Southland District Plan 2018. The site is subject to the Fiordland Visual Amenity Landscape Overlay.
The application breaches the following rules of the Southland District Plan 2018:

  • Rule RURAL.1 does not provide for the construction of a multi-use trail as a Permitted Activity.
  • Rule RURAL.1 (7) - ‘Earthworks within a Riparian Margin’ – as the proposed activity involves total earthworks that are greater than 25m2 within a riparian margin. The proposed activity will also involve the disturbance of more than 20 linear metres in a riparian margin.
  • Rule RURAL.1 (8) – ‘Earthworks’ – as the proposed earthworks will exceed 1,000m3 in a 12 month period. The proposed earthworks may alter existing ground level by more than 5 metres in depth or 2 metres in height. The proposed earthworks may alter the existing ground level by more than 2 metres in depth or height within 20 metres of a waterbody.
  • The proposed clearance and modification of indigenous vegetation is not provided for as a Permitted Activity under Rule BIO.1.

The application is assessed as a Discretionary Activity pursuant to Rule RURAL.4 of the Southland District Plan 2018.

The application includes an assessment of environmental effects. The application may be inspected at: Council’s office at 15 Forth Street, Invercargill and at Council’s Te Anau Library at 24 Milford Crescent, Te Anau during normal office hours. The application is also available on the Southland District Council website.

Please contact Scott Dickson on 0800 732 732 if you have any questions about the application.

Any person may make a submission on this application and the submission form is available on the Council’s website. You may make a submission via email at emailsdc@southlanddc.govt.nz or do so by sending a written submission to Southland District Council, PO Box 903, 15 Forth Street, Invercargill 9840. Fax 0800 732 329.
The submission must be in accordance with Form 13 under the Resource Management (Forms, Fees and Procedures) Regulations 2003. Copies of this form are available from Southland District Council.

Submissions close on 7th February 2022.

You must serve a copy of your submission on:

The Applicant: Fiordland Trails Trust

whose address for service is:

c/- WSP
PO Box 647
Invercargill
Attention: Luke McSoriley
Email: luke.mcsoriley@wsp.com

as soon as reasonably practicable after serving your submission on Southland District Council.

Download the Land use consent application - Fiordland Trails Trust [PDF, 17 MB] document.

Download the submission form [PDF, 112 KB].

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