29 Jun 2009

Manawatu-Wanganui 'One Plan' a step closer

5:53 am on 29 June 2009

Commissioners for the Manawatu-Wanganui region's proposed One Plan have released their provisional determinations.

The proposal would combine the council's various resource management plans into a "one-stop-shop" planning document that defines how the natural and physical resources of the region are to be managed during the next 10 years.

The commissioners have indicated some of the rules relating to land use have been relaxed in response to pressure from public submissions.

One Plan manager Helen Marr says the hearing panel has indicated that some regulation will be needed for clearing vegetation and establishing new tracks on erodible land.

But she says the proposed rules need some technical changes to address issues raised by members of the public.

Ms Marr says changes will also be needed to the threshold for defining erodible land.