This page gives Crown Law opinions to clarify what should be included on the Land Information Memorandum (LIM) for former horticultural land.
How horticultural land can be contaminated
Horticultural practices, including the use of fertilisers and agrichemicals, can result in contaminants collecting in soil to elevated levels. If the land use changes, the elevated levels of chemicals in the soil could lead to health risks.
Crown Law opinions on what should be included on LIM
In response to uncertainty by councils and landowners over the interpretation of “likely presence of hazardous contaminants” (Local Government Official Information and Meeting Act 1987), the Ministry for the Environment released Crown Law opinions to clarify what should be included on the LIM for former horticultural land. These opinions are as follows:
- Crown Law advice, former horticultural sites, 14 December 2004
- Additional Crown Law advice, former horticultural sites, 17 December 2004
Land Information Memorandum (LIM) and Project Information Memorandum (PIM) are important mechanisms for making information available about contaminated land. People and communities, as well as business and industry, benefit from this information because it allows them to make informed decisions when buying or selling property.