Rural land rules set to change


If you own rural land in Tasman or are considering subdividing, the Tasman District Council’s latest plans may affect you.

The council are proposing to change some of the rural land rule to better protect the district’s best productive land.

Council Environment and Planning Committee Chair Cr Stuart Bryant says the proposals include changes to subdivision rules in the Rural 1 and 2 zones, more flexible housing provisions that better cater for co-operative living and modern family living requirements, guidance and controls on business activities in the Rural 1 zone, and at the same time, ensuring rural land is protected for rural productive or related uses in the Rural 1 and 2 zones.

“At the moment landowners can subdivide ‘as-of-right’ in the Rural 1 and 2 zones as long as the site meets minimum area criteria. What we’re looking at is allowing landowners one final opportunity to subdivide by right, after which further subdivision of that land will be discouraged. That change is intended to limit further fragmentation of land with the greatest productive potential.”

Briefing sessions on the proposals will give those interested the chance to learn more and ask questions of Council staff.

The sessions will be held from 5.00 pm to 8.30 pm on:

  • Tuesday, February 16 at the Wakefield Fire Station
  • Wednesday, February 17 at the Takaka Fire Station
  • Tuesday, February 23 at the Motueka Hall supper room.

Staff will give a brief presentation about the key changes at 6.00 pm.

Submissions on the proposed changes are open until Monday 14 March 2016. Submission forms are available online at or at any Council service centre.