Making a Submission
What is a submission?
A submission is a written statement of support or opposition to
an advertised consent application. The RMA is designed to ensure
that there is opportunity for the public (or directly affected
parties for limited notified applications) to participate in the
management of our resources. When someone wants to do something
which could have a significant effect on the environment there is
an opportunity for the public or directly affected parties to have
a say by making a submission.
Why should you make a submission?
Making a submission on an application is the most significant
way for the public to influence the resource consent process. The
hearing panel considers all submissions, and the number of
submissions for or against a proposal is an important
How do you make a submission?
If you are considering making a submission on a resource consent
application then you should find out as much as possible about the
proposal and its effects. It is important to talk to the applicant
about the proposal. This may even allay your concerns. You should
also talk to the organisations or individuals who can provide
technical information on the causes and consequences of effects and
possible ways of reducing or avoiding any undesirable effects.
A submission should be concise, to the point
and clearly state:
- Your reasons for making a submission
- Whether you support or oppose the application
- How the proposal affects the environment
- Suggested alternatives to the proposed approach
- How any adverse effects could be mitigated
- The decision you wish the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to
- Whether you wish to speak at any subsequent hearing
- The conditions you feel should be imposed if the consent is
All points made should be supported with adequate information.
The closing date for submissions is always set out in the public
notice which advertises the consent application. If a hearing is
required you may need to pre-circulate your detailed evidence to
all parties before the hearing. A failure to pre-circulate
information could result in adjournments of the hearing committee
and unnecessary time delays.
Can I appeal a resource consent?
If you disagree with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's
decision to grant a Resource Consent, submitters can appeal the
decision within 15 working days of receiving notice of the decision
if you are a submitter or the applicant. As a result the
application will be reconsidered by the Environment Court. Details
on how to lodge an appeal are sent to all parties with the letter
notifying the Council's decision. The Environment Court has the
same status as a District Court and all parties are bound by its
decisions. Appeals can be expensive and time consuming with no
guarantee of a favourable outcome. If you are considering making an
appeal you are strongly advised to seek legal advice