The On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan 2006 deals with the effects of domestic wastewater on water quality in the Bay of Plenty.

On-site effluent treatment systems include septic tanks and associated soakage fields and advanced aerobic systems.

Draft Plan Change 14

Draft Plan Change 14 will include policies and rules to manage the safe treatment and disposal of domestic wastewater into the Regional Natural Resources Plan. The plan change covers septic tanks, greywater, composting toilets and aerated wastewater systems.

The new provisions will eventually replace the existing On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan and will be incorporated into Regional Natural Resources Plan. The On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan will be withdrawn when Plan Change 14 is operative.

Draft Plan Change 14 (On-Site Effluent Treatment- OSET) was available for comment from Tuesday 31 July 2018 to Friday 26 October 2018.  The feedback received is now being used to develop the Proposed Plan Change which will be publicly notified in late-2019.

Under section 79 of the Resource Management Act 1991, the rules in the current Operative On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan will remain in force while the draft is being considered.

View the draft change and supporting documents

What is the legal status of Draft Plan Change 14?

The Draft Plan Change document is for community consultation has no legal effect. We want to know what the community thinks about the draft rules, and resolve any concerns before the rules are enforced. Feedback on the Draft Plan Change will be used to develop a Proposed Plan Change.

Proposed Plan Change 14 will be publicly notified in mid-2019. At that stage, the new rules will have legal weight. Council can decide to delay when new rules will be enforced.  

Under section 79 of the Resource Management Act 1991, the rules in the current Operative On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan will remain in force while the draft is being considered.

Contact

Jill Owen (Planner).

  • Email Jill or phone 0800 884 881 ext 8229.


Operative On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan and Maps

The Plan and maps are available to download:

Maps

Schedule 9 - Maps of Rotorua Lakes Catchments

Schedule 10 - Maintenance Zone Maps

Schedule 11 - Reticulation Zone Maps

Operating Reticulation Zones

Confirmed Reticulation Zones

Future Reticulation Zones

For a printed copy of the Plan ($28) contact us.

Amendments

Plan Change 1 (Date Deferral for Small communities) incorporated 1 March 2011.
Plan Change 2 (Maintenance Zones) incorporated 12 August 2014.

Newsletters
Newsletter No. 9 - December 2014
Newsletter No. 8 - September 2014 (Kennedy Bay)
Newsletter No. 8 - September 2014 (Otautu Bay)
Newsletter No. 7 - December 2013
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) sheet

Monitoring updates

Contacts

Contact us:

  • For copies of the documents or maps.
  • For information on septic tank maintenance, nutrient management and reduction options.
  • For information on the proposed plan change process and provisions.

Contact your district or city council for information on reticulated sewerage schemes:

  • Rotorua Lakes Council (phone 07 348 4199).
  • Western Bay of Plenty District Council (phone 07 571 8008).
  • Whakatāne District Council (phone 07 306 0500).
  • Kawerau District Council (phone 07 306 9009).
  • Ōpōtiki District Council (phone 07 315 3030).