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Notification of Plan Change 131 - Operative Date

This page contains information about Plan Change 131 - Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)
Updated: 4/07/2018 12:00 a.m.

Council gives notice that it has approved the following Plan Change:

Plan Change 131 – Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)

PC131 introduces a new District-wide chapter and new definitions into the Whangārei District Plan.

This new chapter includes:

  • a description of the purpose and expectations of the new GMO chapter, which is to manage the outdoor use of GMO's
  • eligibility rules that outline which GMO activities are covered and which GMO activities are not covered by the new provisions
  • notification criteria, which states that all applications for resource consent under the proposed GMO provisions must be publicly notified
  • objectives specifying outcomes sought for the outdoor use of GMO's
  • policies specifying courses of action to achieve outcomes sought for the outdoor use of GMO's
  • information requirements for applications for GMO field trials
  • general development and performance standards outlining minimum controls without limiting the discretion reserved to Council
  • particular matters to be considered when determining the amount of bond required and a monitoring strategy for a GMO discretionary activity.

The approved Plan Change will become operative on Thursday 12 July 2018.

The decision on the Plan Change is available for viewing on our Plan Changes page on our website (link below) and at Whangarei District Council Service Centres at Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangārei; Ruakaka Service Centre, Takutai Place, Ruakaka and Whangārei Central Library, Rust Avenue, Whangārei. 

Please contact Council’s District Plan Department if you have any questions.

This notice is given pursuant to Clause 20 of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act.




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