Environment Waikato has issued an infringement notice for unauthorised earthworks being carried out on a subdivision development site in Raglan.
The works, carried out on steep slopes with no measures in place to prevent sediment runoff, would likely have resulted in minor adverse effects on aquatic life in adjacent waterways.
The development attracted public interest, and complaints led to site visits from Environment Waikato staff. While the first stage of the subdivision was completed in accordance with authorised resource consents, it was found that the developer had commenced work on a second stage without the required resource consent.
The site has been stabilised and a resource consent has since been granted for the completion of the works in the second stage of the subdivision.
Environment Waikato requires land developers and earthworks contractors to consult the provisions of the Proposed Waikato Regional Plan to determine resource consent requirements and to ensure appropriate sediment control mechanisms are in place prior to works commencing on a site.