25.2.1 Purpose

​​​a) Earthworks refer to the disturbance of land by moving, removing, placing or replacing soil or earth by any means. Earthworks are a necessary part of land subdivision and development, but can result in adverse effects including accelerated erosion and sedimentation, contamination of fresh water, and increased risks from natural hazards. Earthworks can also impact on amenity values, including an unnatural look of the modified land. ​​​
b)​ Hamilton City is predominantly an urban environment. Trees make an important contribution to the health and wellbeing of the residents of the City and to the quality of the City’s landscape. Vegetation removal can impact on biodiversity and ecosystems within the City, and the urban amenity of the City.​
c)​ The Waikato Regional Council and Waikato Regional Plan have primary responsibility under the Act for controlling land use for soil conservation and water quality. The District Plan has a supporting role, as the District Plan controls subdivision and development of land. ​
d)​ This chapter outlines earthworks and vegetation removal rules relating to the zones, and cross-references to chapters where additional rules relating to earthworks and vegetation removal are outlined.​ Rules in other chapters (see Rule 25.2.3) address specific matters such as natural hazards, significant natural areas and archaeological or cultural sites and may be more onerous than those contained in this chapter which deals with earthworks and vegetation removal generally and in relation to the Electricity National Grid Corridor.
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