Plan Change 7 (PC 7)
PC7 proposes amendments to the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan (CLWRP), including a new region-wide framework for commercial vegetable growing.
Under the existing CLWRP provisions - commercial vegetable growing was managed under the rules for 'farming activities'. There were some issues with the approach in the plan, including:
- The CLWRP assigns nitrogen loss rates to land, not the activity – this is problematic for vegetable growers when rotating .
- Growers are required to find land with an appropriate nitrogen loss rate – this prevents growers from being able to move to new land, and also presents significant complications for consenting.
- The CLWRP’s complex framework means that no single set of provisions apply to CVP due to a range of sub-region-specific rules - many growers grow vegetables in and across multiple sub-regions
PC7 introduces rules specific to commercial vegetable growing.
Environment Canterbury (ECan) notified Plan Change 7 (PC7) in July 2019 – the rules in PC7 have legal effect from notification. HortNZ lodged a submission and will be involved in the hearing and will present at the hearing in early December 2020.
Click here to read HortNZ's summary of notified PC7 (August 2020)
All of the evidence prepared for the hearing is available on Environment Canterbury's website.
PC 7 Decision - November 2021
Council’s decision on PC 7 was publicly notified on 20 November 2021.
The appeals period will run for 15 working days. Appeals can only be lodged to the High Court on points of law. If the decision is not appealed by any party, the provisions will become ‘operative’ and replace the current Canterbury Land and Water Plan wording.
The decision recognises the the importance of commercial vegetable growing and provides a workable consent pathway.
The full decision report and recommendations are available on Environment Canterbury's website here.