In 2011, the government issued a broad policy statement on freshwater management that directed regional councils to implement plans to protect New Zealand’s waterways. The latest amendment has put local authorities on notice to progress and develop their own policies more quickly than what’s been seen historically.
The most recent Action Plan for Healthy Waterways was published this September with improvement initiatives put in place to protect and nurture a sustainable future for New Zealand’s waterways. This includes rules and regulations that rural property owners, especially farmers, will be required to meet.
While water quality has been at the forefront of farmer’s minds over recent years, this policy outlines new standards surrounding the nature and rate at which water is utilised and policies which restrict nutrients and sediments entering waterways.
These increasingly stringent regulations will require all rural property owners to be involved and innovate – and may create a large impact on rural land value. We’ll most likely be seeing the following changes enforced:
In the past, rural property values have been influenced by physical characteristics and features. But, due to provisions in the healthy waterways policy, rural property value will increasingly be determined by resource consent – and whether or not the activities on your property comply.
What this means is that rural land is now controlled and monitored by regulation. If your property doesn’t comply before you sell, its value may be negatively impacted.
1. Get familiar with the regulations that affect you
To ensure you comply with regulations, rural property owners need to expand their awareness of what will affect them. Every situation is different, the regulations imposed on your rural property will vary with the purpose and the region. Talk to your regional authority who can inform you on what to look out for.
2. Be proactive and develop a plan
While the policy set out today is stringent and demands immediate action, what’s important to remember is that the ongoing regulations are always evolving. This means that it’s crucial to stay on top of the changing environment, and keep looking out for changes to regulation that will affect your region. Avoid complacency!
3. Remove uncertainties when trying to sell
If you can reduce the uncertainty around your rural property, it may result in a higher value – because the market knows what to expect. This means offering clarity around the regulations that affect you. Ensuring security and transparency is key to maintaining a good land value for your property.
With the government's response to growing concerns for the environment, it’s more important than ever for rural property owners to stay on top of the game through education and heightened awareness.
Rural properties will face lower values if they don’t adhere to regulations surrounding healthy waterways, but it’s a changing environment – and what’s imposed now may not always stay the same.
What’s crucial to secure your rural property’s value is to gain resource consent, where necessary, as soon as possible. Once it’s been attained it’s difficult to be removed, meaning there’s transparency around your property – and its value is secured.
Our valuers at TelferYoung assess your rural property to find an accurate value. If you’re looking to put your property on the market it’s important to know where you stand. Make informed decisions about the consent you’ll need to attain to reach a higher value for your property.
Posted 27 days ago