Historic Buildings & Native Vegetation – Keeping Them for Future Generations

St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Rangiora

St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Rangiora

In these days of the Resource Management Act, it can be difficult for communities to protect historic buildings, native vegetation and notable trees.

A lot depends on how councils have written their district plans.

While it is common for a resource consent to be needed, for instance, to remove listed buildings, trees and vegetation, that will often be no more than a delaying mechanism.

In Waimakariri, there is a fund to encourage owners to keep, preserve and protect what they own.  Currently, the opportunity to apply for this funding only occurs every three years, and that time has come up.  There won’t be enough to go around – in my view, there should be more funding and I will be arguing for it to go into the new Long Term Council Communty Plan over the next 10 months or so.

Above is an example of a previous recipient, the external renovation of which has attracted much favourable comment – although, of course, the Council funding by no means met the full cost of this major renovation.

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