Putting consents into action
The Kate Valley Landfill, 70 kilometres north of Christchurch, is one of a few new landfills in New Zealand that have been fully consented under the Resource Management Act.
Expectations were set at a high level by the core project team appointed in 1998 to find a suitable site and obtain resource consent. The team were determined that the landfill had to meet world best practice design and management standards, which exceeded New Zealand’s.
Once the Kate Valley site had been identified as the preferred option, planner Sarah Dawson worked with the team to co-ordinate all documentation. She guided the consultation process, which – unusually for such a large project – was not criticised by opponents, wrote the Assessment of Environmental Effects and presented the planning evidence at the council and Environment Court hearings.
Boffa Miskell experts also assessed and presented evidence on potential ecological and landscape effects, which included identifying remnant natural habitats for protection and demonstrating, by intervisibility mapping, the extent that the landfill would be seen from near and far. The Court required a Landscape Management Plan to be prepared, based on this evidence, to guide staged implementation of landscape works and rehabilitation over the landfill’s projected 35-year life span.
The plan, prepared by Boffa Miskell, specifies rehabilitation measures for all land disturbed by landfill operations as well as mitigation and enhancement measures over the 1050-hectare total landholding around the 37-hectare landfill site.
Planning, ecology and landscape planning.
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