Minimise the adverse effects of earthworks and vegetation removal on people, property, and the environment.
Earthworks and vegetation removal shall occur in a way that:
||Maintains natural character and amenity values by retaining existing landforms, natural features and significant vegetation.|
||Maintains natural processes and features including natural drainage patterns and streams.|
||Does not create new, or exacerbate existing natural hazards.|
||Minimises adverse effects on land and water, especially effects such as erosion and sedimentation.|
||Creates practicable building sites, efficient use of land and infrastructure, ensures effective stormwater flow paths, and a safe living and working environment.|
||Minimises dust, noise, and runoff.|
||Adopts a precautionary approach towards decisions that may result in significant adverse effects on the Waikato River and, in particular, those effects that threaten serious or irreversible damage to the Waikato River.|
|viii.||Maintains or enhances riparian vegetation on the margins of natural watercourses and wetlands.|
The policy ensures that amenity values and the quality of the natural environment in the City are maintained or enhanced. The policy intends natural landforms (such as ridges and gullies) to be protected as much as possible to retain the natural character and amenity values. Earthworks should also limit the adverse effects of erosion and sedimentation, and minimise soil compaction. The policies aim to ensure that the positive effects of earthworks are realised in terms of practicable building sites, maintaining stormwater flow paths, efficient use of land and infrastructure, and a resulting safe living and working environment.