The following aspects are covered under this theme in the Waikato District Blueprint.
To protect and strengthen the district’s Significant Natural Areas, the following is proposed:
- Support the implementation of the Local Indigenous Biodiversity Strategy being produced by Council
- Continue to support existing habitat restoration initiatives related to river banks, lakes, gullies, ranges and wetlands
- Provide further support to restoration efforts led by community groups eg the stream of gullies in Tamahere
- Kick-start other initiatives with a Council-led example project
- Maintain, promote and possibly extend Council funding initiatives e.g. through the conservation fund, and target these to current gaps, such as fencing bush blocks and pest control.
The following actions related to solid waste are proposed:
- Continue support of education programmes
- Review the funding options, with consideration to be given to the possibility of using Development Contributions
- Analyse and take learnings from existing initiatives in Raglan (Xtreme Zero Waste) and Waipa
- Investigate waste recovery options for areas across the district
- Investigate container deposit scheme options for areas across the district.
Low impact storm water
The following actions related to a low impact storm water approach are proposed:
- Complete the ongoing data capture and condition assessment of storm water assets
- Build a greater awareness of the Waikato Regional Council (WRC) storm water guidelines across Waikato District Council
- Lead by example in Council works
- Drive Low Impact Urban Design (LIUD) approaches through Catchment Management Plans and Integrated Catchment Management Plans
- Investigate options to promote LIUD e.g. through a remission of Development Contributions or an eco-design advice service.
The following actions related to rural drainage are proposed:
- Develop a better understanding of the asset base and roles and responsibilities of both WDC and WRC
- Confirm the Council’s approach to drainage, and ensure it is reflected in the consenting process
- Ensure developers know WRC requirements prior to starting developments.