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Wetland and Bush Subdivisions


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Currently the most common type of subdivision we undertake for our clients in the general rural areas of the former Rodney District are subdivisions creating rural residential lots through the protection of areas of significant native bush and wetlands. We have provided some basic information below on the quality and size of bush and wetland areas that are required to allow you to create a rural residential site.

We note that this information is intended to be a broad guideline. As each site is different we recommend that if you think you might have wetland or bush that is suitable that you contact us. We are often able to advise whether you are likely to qualify for subdivision over the phone, or alternatively we can arrange a site visit with you to provide you with more comprehensive advice. Our first site visit is always complimentary and obligation free.

Bush Subdivisions

One rural residential site may be created for the protection of native bush that has an area of at least 2 hectares. The bush must be a continuous 2 hectare area, ie. you cannot use two areas of bush that together add up to 2 hectares. When you create one bush lot, all the bush areas on the site must be covenanted up to 11.9999 hectares. If you have more than 12 hectares of bush then 2 rural residential sites can be created, and for every 10 hectares of bush over 12 hectares an additional site can be created. If you are unsure of the area of bush on your property, please give us a call as we are usually able to quickly take a measurement of bush areas for you using aerial photo information.

The bush must meet the quality standards in the District Plan to qualify for subdivision. However, if it is native bush with full canopy closure and has a minimum height of at least 3m then it is likely to meet the required standard.

These are some photos of bush that has qualified for subdivision.

Wetland Subdivisions

One rural residential site may be created for the protection of a wetland that has an area of at least 5,000m². This area is taken to the wet edge of the wetland and cannot include any large areas of deep open water. If you have between 2.0 and 3.9999 hectares of wetland two rural residential sites can be created, 4.0 hectares gives you three sites, and for every 4 hectares of wetland over 4 hectares an additional site can be created.

The wetland must meet a set of complex ecological criteria contained within the District Plan to qualify for subdivision. However, if your wetland does not meet these criteria, it is generally quick and easy to restore a wetland. This process involves removing stock from the wetland area, spraying the weeds, and planting as required. We are able to visit your site to advise whether your wetland will qualify for subdivision in its current state, or whether some restoration work will be required. We can also confirm whether the area of the wetland meets the 5,000m² threshold. If the wetland area is not quite large enough, it is often possible to expand the wetland on its edges by undertaking some minor works followed by restoration planting. In conjunction with an ecologist we will be able to advise you which weeds need to be controlled and will guide you on the restoration planting required. We recommend that you do not undertake wetland restoration without our advice to ensure that the wetland will meet the District Plan criteria for subdivision.

Here is an example of a wetland that was recently restored. The before photo shows the original boggy paddock, and the after photo shows the restored wetland ready for subdivision consent to be submitted to council.




Here are some photos showing a range of wetlands that have been approved.

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