Remission of rates on land voluntarily protected for conservation purposes.
The policy is intended to link in with the Council’s goal
“To promote a quality environment and sustainable management of our resources by ensuring that existing values are not compromised and by encouraging improvement.”
More specifically, the intention is to encourage property owners to protect and preserve open spaces within the city for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations of the people of Dunedin.
This policy does not cover urban buildings, or properties which would more appropriately fall within the Council’s rates remission for development policy.
Conditions and Criteria
The Council may remit rates where a rating unit meets the following criteria:
- The rating unit is within the City. It may be a part of a larger property in which case the area concerned shall be separately rated; and
- The rating unit is an area of land listed in Schedule 25.4 of the District Plan as an Area of Significant Conservation value or the land owner has agreed for the land to be so listed and
- The conservation of the rating unit contributes to the benefit and enjoyment of citizens of Dunedin by preserving particular natural or historic or cultural features within the district. This could include, but is not limited to, the following features:
- A specific area of forest or bush; or
- A specific visual or scenic feature of the landscape; or
- Any specific feature the conservation of which, in the view of the Council, meets the Council’s goal in regard to the environment; and
- The owner has applied for a rates remission under this policy.
- When determining rates remission, and a particular application, the Council shall have regard to the following matters:
- The desirability of preserving particular natural or historic or cultural features within the district; and
- Whether, and to what extent, the preservation of particular natural or historic or cultural features might be prejudicially affected if rates remission is not granted in respect of the land on which they are situated; and
- Whether, and to what extent, preservation of particular natural or historic or cultural features are likely to be encouraged by the granting of rates remission; and
- The extent to which the preservation of different types of natural, historic, and cultural features should be recognised by different criteria and conditions for rates remission, and whether different levels of rates remission should apply; and
- The extent to which rates remission should be available where the preservation of natural or historic or cultural features does not restrict economic utilisation of the land; and
- Such other matters as the local authority considers relevant.
Only the person entered as the ratepayer, or their authorised agent, may make an application for rates remission on the rating unit which is the subject of the application.
The Council will consider, on a case by case basis, all applications received that meet the criteria described in the paragraphs above.
Amount of Remission
If a remission is approved, the amount will be for all of the rates otherwise payable for a whole year, or years, or any lesser period.
The Council may impose conditions on a property owner when granting relief.
Application and Approval
The ratepayer (or authorised agent) must make an application to the Council on the prescribed form. Copies can be obtained from the Council Offices, or Customer Service Centres.
Applications for rates remission under this provision shall be referred in the first instance to the Rates and Revenue Team Leader who shall confirm that it complies with the first condition of this policy. The Council will delegate authority to approve applications for the remission of rates to particular officers.
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