As Specialist Town Planning and Resource Management Consultants we often get asked to comment on topical resouce consent and Resource Manaagement Act issues.
The lastest issue relates to trees, auckland city council and the recent RMA changes.
The rules have changes - but its not open season.
Here is the Press Release from Auckland City regarding tree trimming and tree removal.
From City Scene, published on 4 October 2009
Auckland City Council has defined the limit to which residents can trim non-scheduled trees on private land. According to accepted arboriculture practice, definitions are as follows.
Trimming of canopy (excluding roots) by the resident
No more than 20 per cent of live growth removal in any one year and which does not damage the tree's health.
By a qualified practitioner
No more than 30 per cent of live growth in any one year.
In both cases, the natural form and branch habit of the tree species must be maintained.
As of 1 October, non-scheduled trees can be trimmed without resource consent. Resource consent will still be needed to trim or remove trees on streets, council parks and reserves and on Hauraki Gulf islands; and for removing, damaging or working within the drip line of trees covered by the council's general tree protection until 1 January 2012. "
REMEMBER: Before you trim or remove a tree call Mt Hobson Properties Ltd - your specialist resource management consultant.