Rural communities are where people both live and work. So it’s important to consider your neighbours if you’re thinking of carrying out any activities that might cause adverse effects on adjoining properties. Effects from such things as: noise, smell, smoke, dust and spray.
IT'S PARADISE - RIGHT?
It can be but remember - the rural environment is where people live and work. That means its both a beautiful landscape and a place of production.
Some production activities create effects that are noticeable on adjoining properties. Many of these effects are a necessary and legitimate part of rural production. Maybe not all day or all year - but sometimes, depending on the season there might be:
Look around the rural neighbourhood and see what's there. Think about how established activities might affect you.
Ask around - find out what day to day life is like in that rural area in all seasons. Spend some time there - check it out in good weather and bad weather days and all wind directions.
It might pay to check. Usually you can provided your activities don't cause adverse environmental effects.
Councils are responsible for managing the effects of activities and may have rules and bylaws controlling things like:
There may be particular or additional controls in areas that have special landscape or ecological importance.
Ask the Council for a copy of the rules applying to your property and rural neighbourhood
Just as in town it's important to get on with neighbours. The council can set basic guidelines or standards, but when it comes to managing minor matters its up to you and your neighbours. Make sure you get hold of your neighbours if anything happens on their property that might affect you and tell your neighbours about your plans that might affect them.
The rural landscape is constantly changing. Change is necessary and inevitable part of living in the country.
Council's rules are not intended to preserve things as they are now but to manage the environmental effects of ongoing changes. Ask the council about its rules for rural subdivisions and the location of buildings on adjoining land.
Other things to check:
District Councils are responsible for local roads and NZTA is responsible for state highways. Private driveways are the responsibility of private landowners.
Check whether access driveways from public roads are part of the property or crosses other land.
Make sure any right of way is recorded on the title.
Check that any right of way shown on paper matches up with the formed access.
Check the location of any dwelling in relation to other people's or shared driveways - vehicles using driveways can cause dust.
Most rural properties have to provide for their own water supply and sewage disposal. This usually means rain water has to be collected in tanks or water has to be pumped from waterways or an underground bore. If water is already piped onto the property from elsewhere, find out where it comes from and check that there is an easement or permission that allows this to continue - even in summer dry periods.
Sewage disposal is often to a septic tank. Septic tanks need to be emptied periodically.
It may be that you will need to install a new water supply or sewage disposal system - especially if the property is bare land.
Check that any existing water supply and sewage disposal systems meet the required standards and actually work.
Rural landowners are responsible for the ongoing maintenance of water supply and sewage disposal systems - you'll need to know how to maintain pumps and clear blocked drains.
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