A working party produced a draft Proposed Plan Change to the District/Unity Plan and a Section 32 Evaluation and Report to manage the risks associated with the outdoor use of GMOs. A legal opinion from Dr Royden Somerville QC was also obtained.
The documents outline planning provisions that would be inserted into existing district plans in Northland and in Auckland Council’s new Unitary Plan.
The provisions would prohibit the release of GMOs to the environment and make field trialling of GMOs a discretionary activity, subject to strict liability conditions for any environmental or economic harm that may eventuate.
After consideration of the documents by member councils on the working party, a proposed Plan Change 131 Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) was developed.
The Plan Change became operative in the District Plan on 12 July 2018 (under the Part E District Wide chapter).
Proposed Plan Change Reports [link to reports]