·Further submissions in support of NZART submission to Marlborough District council.
Debby has handed the preparation of this special edition to Mike Newman, our NZART Local Government Liaison Officer.
Resource management reform 2013: have your say
·As part of phase two of the resource management reforms, the Government has released a discussion document which sets out its proposals on improving New Zealand's resource management system and would like to hear your views.
·The Government, through the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is planning to develop legislation this year to deliver these improvements. Public submissions are welcomed.
·The government is wanting these reforms to achieve greater national consistency and guidance
· Detailed information about the proposals is contained in the discussion document:
One of the most serious problems we as amateur radio operators face is the restrictions to antenna installations which are imposed by district planning rules.
Some councils are relatively liberal, others are becoming increasingly restrictive, such as Hamilton City Council which is proposing that all installations, even the most modest, are classified as limited discretionary consents. Think $$$. You can't afford to go through the process required for a limited discretionary resource consent.
We need to express our concerns, through submissions from NZART, from its Branches, and individually, through personal submissions.
What should you write in your submission.
Tell the government that:
amateur radio antennas, aerials and their supporting structures such as masts and poles are becoming increasing restricted through egregious rules contained in District plans.
the costs of the limited discretionary and discretionary consent processes are excessive and beyond the means of many amateurs wanting to establish antenna supports for effective antennas, and there is no guarantee of any satisfactory outcome if the process is followed.
the permitted use heights in most district plans are inadequate for effective antennas required for effective radiocommunications used by the amateur radio service.
Council's are having to face huge and unnecessary costs in defending appeals against district plans, using funds which could be much better used for other purposes, especially in the smaller rural districts.
the only way to resolve the difficulties facing amateur radio operators is for there to be an agreed national policy, setting out conditions acceptable to amateur operators, and ensuring a reasonable accommodation of their needs.
there should not need to be over sixty different district plans in New Zealand, and there should be a high measure of uniformity between plans on the rules imposed on amateur radio installations.
the problems facing amateur radio operators are nation-wide, and the effects on operation are nation-wide, and therefore are best addressed through a national policy.
anything else that you think be included in your submission which should be considered.
The closing time and date for submissions is 5.00pm 2 April 2013.
It is vital to the future of amateur radio that you respond to the call for submissions. Opportunities like we now have to tell the Government what we think don't arise very often. So make the most of this opportunity and PLEASE make a submission. The closing date is on the first Tuesday of April, the day after Easter Monday.
Further submissions in support of NZART submission to Marlborough
Marlborough District Council has notified two plan changes to remove amateur radio antennas from the utilities section of the plan without replacing the deleted rules with any alternative rules allowing amateur radio antenna installations.
The proposed plan changes fails to recognise the needs of the amateur radio service in respect of antennas, aerials and their supporting structures, poles and masts. The change will relegate amateur radio configurations to consideration under inappropriate rules relating to buildings.
This needs to be redressed, and NZART has lodged a submission in opposition to the proposed change, and seeking that the Council:
…... amends the proposed Marlborough District Plans to remove the unduly severe restrictions on the amateur radio service which would be a consequence of the proposed Plan Changes, and that the Council include rules which are more accommodating to the amateur radio service, so providing for more effective long distance communications than the proposed plan allows.
Such Rules must:-
provide Permitted Use supporting structure heights to at least 20 metres in the residential zones, and to at least 25 metres in the Rural zone,
allow surmounted whip and discone antennas above the mast heights,
allow minimal setback on internal site boundaries, and no greater than 3 metres on road boundaries
allow penetrations of the daylight control recession planes
New rules must be devised in consultation with the amateur radio service, and in particular with the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (Inc) and the Marlborough Amateur Radio Society (Inc).....
Support of all members is requested
You can support NZART by making a further submission. See the form attached to this infoline which you can copy and complete with your details, and either email or mail to Marlborough DC.
You should enter your full name, and complete your signature (not required for email forwarding), date, address and contact details
To make this easy for you, I have prepared a form which you can complete and forward to Marlborough District Council.
Further submissions on the plan changes close at 5:00 pm next Thursday 28 March
2. This is a further submission in support of a submission on Proposed Plan Changes 61 and 26 to the Wairau/Awatere and the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plans.
3. I am a person who has an interest in the proposal that is greater than the interest the general public has. My grounds for saying that are that the proposed changes will limit my ability to communicate with amateur radio operators within Marlborough District. Without adequate antenna height, radiocommunications are limited in effectiveness. Removing the private services from the district plan rules without appropriate alternative provision for such services is an unacceptable limitation to those services, particularly to the amateur radio services
4. I support the submission of: New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (Inc)
5. The particular parts of the submission I support are: The entire submission
6. The reasons for my support are: The Council has failed to make any alternative rules in the plan to redress the removal of private radio services and in particular the amateur radio services from the existing plans. Amateur radio antennas aerials and their supporting structures should be permitted uses as sought in the NZART submission.
7. I seek that the whole of the submission be allowed, and that the relief sought by NZART(Inc) be granted.
8. I wish (or do not wish) to be heard in support of my further submission. (delete as appropriate)
9. If others make a similar submission, I will consider presenting a joint case with them at a hearing:
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