Published 10 April 2011
More than 4000 trees have been nominated for scheduling by the Auckland Council, nearly a quarter of them in the Orakei & Waitemata wards and a whopping 1237 in Albert-Eden.
Scheduling them all would double the number of trees listed for protection around the whole city, currently 3690. Another 1376 had been recommended by predecessor councils & community boards before amalgamation.
The new council called for nominations to ensure that notable trees in urban areas currently protected by general tree protection rules don’t lose that protection on 1 January 2012, when these rules must be removed from district plans following changes to the Resource Management Act.
Nominations were channelled through local boards, which made their own nominations and also received submissions.
Council planning & urban design forum chairman Cameron Brewer said on Friday all the nominations would be checked by staff to ensure there were no double-ups and arborists would assess nominees through to the end of May so plan changes can be notified in June.
Scheduling will be done through a series of plan changes to the former city & district councils’ district plans.
Mr Brewer said the arborists’ assessment task would be both time-consuming & expensive: “While assessing over 4000 trees will cost the ratepayer in the short term, we expect from next year there will be considerable savings for the council with less resource consents needing to be sought & processed.”
Most local boards sent in nominations:
Albert Eden 1237 trees,
Devonport & Takapuna 8,
Hibiscus & Bays 20,
Upper Harbour 2,
Waitakere Ranges 515,
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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.