When a resource consent application is received by the Council, we conduct an assessment of its environmental effects. 

If the environmental effects are more than minor, the resource consent will require public notification under Section 95A of the Resource Management Act.

No consents are currently notified.

Applications recently notified

RM17-0121: Western Bay of Plenty District Council – Te Puna and Minden (the ‘Central’ Catchments) Comprehensive Stormwater Discharge

The applicant, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, is seeking a comprehensive stormwater discharge consent (Consent Application Number RM17-0121) which will manage stormwater from Te Puna and Minden (the ‘Central’ Catchments).

Consent is sought specifically for the following activities:

  • To discharge stormwater to land, land where it may enter water, wetlands and surface water, from multiple locations.
  • To undertake maintenance activities on the stormwater network, including ongoing operations and upgrades (replacements, demolition and improvements works), which require the following to be undertaken:o Land disturbance within the Coastal Marine Area (CMA)
    • Disturbance of the beds of water bodies and placement of structures in the beds of water bodies
    • Discharge of sediment contaminated stormwater to land, water or land where it may enter water
    • Discharge of contaminants (such as herbicides) to land, water or land where they may enter water.

Locations

Various locations throughout Te Puna and Minden (Central Catchments).

Submissions

Any person may make a submission on the application by sending a written submission to Bay of Plenty Regional Council at PO Box 364, Whakatāne 3158 or email RegulatoryAdmin@boprc.govt.nz, no later than 5pm on Monday, 26 August 2019.

Resource consent application number 67481: Western Bay of Plenty District Council – Te Puke & Eastern Catchments Comprehensive Stormwater Discharge

Western Bay of Plenty District Council, is seeking consents (Consent Application Number 67481) for the comprehensive stormwater networks for the urban settlements of Te Puke, Paengaroa, Maketu/Little Waihi and Pukehina.

The application and accompanying Catchment Management Plan were originally lodged to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council in March 2013. However, the Applicant sought time to undertake further consultation with Iwi and the community. An updated Catchment Management Plan was finalised in November 2018, which now replaces the 2013 documentation.

Consent is sought specifically for the following activities:

  • Discharge stormwater to land, wetlands, and water from multiple locations within the urban areas and settlements subject to the application;
  • To undertake associated land disturbing activities and activities within the Coastal Marine Area (CMA) and/or watercourses;
  • To undertake maintenance activities on the stormwater network, including ongoing operations and upgrades (replacements, demolition and improvement works).

The Comprehensive Stormwater Consent does not include stormwater discharges from the Te Puke West Structure Plan area and land zoned industrial under the Western Bay of Plenty District Plan.

Locations

Various locations throughout Te Puke and its Eastern Catchments.

Submissions

Any person may make a submission on the application by sending a written submission to Bay of Plenty Regional Council at PO Box 364, Whakatāne 3158 or email info@boprc.govt.nz no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 10 July 2019.

RM19-0055: Bay of Plenty Regional Council – Gravel Extraction from Waioeka and Otara Rivers

The application is for the renewal of two existing resource consents (61321 and 61322) to extract gravel from the Waioeka and Ōtara Rivers.

Resource consent 61321 allows for up to 50,000m³ of gravel to be taken annually from the bed of the Waioeka River. The gravel is extracted from various gravel beds between approximately 1 km downstream of the State Highway 2 Waioeka River Bridge to the most upstream point at the Redpath Bridge.

Resource consent 61322 allows up to 50,000m³ of gravel to be taken annually from the Ōtara River. Gravel is removed from gravel beds approximately 1 km downstream of the State Highway 35 Ōtara River Bridge upstream to the junction of the Ōtara River and the Te Waiti Stream.

Gravel extraction is permitted under these resource consents for purposes of river management and to maintain a meander pattern for erosion and flood control.

Location

The extent of the Waioeka River included within the application is described as approximately 1 km downstream of the State Highway 2 Waioeka River Bridge adjacent to Ōpōtiki township upstream to the Redpath Bridge which is located approximately 1.5 km down Wairata Road off SH2 (Waioeka Road), NZMS 260 W15: 8531 4594 - NZMS 260 X16: 9002 1595.

The extent of the Ōtara River included within the application is described as extends from a point approximately 1 km downstream of the State Highway 35 Ōtara River Bridge (adjacent to the northern end of the Ōpōtiki township) upstream to the junction of the Ōtara River and the Te Waiti Stream, NZMS 260 W15: 8706 4723 - NZMS 260 X16: 9306 3742.

Submissions

Any person may make a submission on the application by sending a written submission to Bay of Plenty Regional Council at PO Box 364, Whakatāne 3158 or email RegulatoryAdmin@boprc.govt.nz, no later than 5.00 p.m. on Thursday, 18 April 2019.

RM16-0204: Western BOP District Council - Te Puke Wasterwater Treatment Plant

Western Bay of Plenty District Council has applied for resource consents associated with the continued operation and discharge of treated wastewater from the Te Puke Wasterwater Treatment Plant at 18 Gordon Street, Te Puke.

Consents applied for:

  1. The discharge of treated wastewater from the Te Puke Wastewater Treatment Plant to riparian wetlands and diffuse discharge to the Waiari Stream.
  2. The discharge of odorous gases to air arising from the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  3. Modification of the riparian wetland for installation of the dfffuser pipe.
  4. Temporary discharge of sediment containing water to the Waiari Stream during installation of the diffuser pipe and rock chamber and during maintenance activities.

Please note that this is an application to replace consent numbers 24889, 24891 and 30135.

Submissions have closed.

RM18-0434 (BOPRC) and RC26572 (TCC): Mauao Trust and Tauranga City Council (Parks and Recreation Department)

Mauao Trust and Tauranga City Council (Parks & Recreation Department) have applied to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga City Council for various resource consents that are required to reinstate part of the base track of Mauao, which failed in a storm in April 2017. A new section of track is proposed in order to avoid the slip-prone section of existing track and reestablish universal access to the base track. The new section of track will be 360 m long, and will include a 60 m section of formed track on the beach terrace, a 190 m rock revetment on the beach next to the toe of the slope (Te Kawa Point) and a 110 m long boardwalk traversing the slope above the boulder field, located partially along the alignment of the existing beach access track.

Consents applied for:

Bay of Plenty Regional Council application number RM18-0434:

1. Structures, occupation and use in coastal marine area: erect on, occupy and use the seabed, associated with the section of rock revetment that is located below mean high water spring (MHWS);

2. Disturbance of, deposition on, dredging of or removal of sand, shingle and shell: disturb the foreshore and seabed and deposit material, associated with erecting the section of rock revetment that is located below MHWS;

3. Discharge to Coastal Marine Area: discharge stormwater from the new track areas to the Coastal Marine Area, because the discharge will occur in an area identified as Wahi Tapu;

4. Reclamation in Coastal Marine Area: install a section of revetment below MHWS;

5. Activity in Port Zone: erect, occupy and use the section of rock revetment that is located within the Port Zone, being the section below MHWS;

6. Earthworks: earthworks activities within 20 m of MHWS and on slopes over 35o;

7. Land and soil disturbance by vegetation clearance: vegetation clearance within 20 m of MHWS, including the removal of five mature trees and smaller tree, shrub and grass species.

Tauranga City Council application number RC26572:

Under the Tauranga City Plan, the site is in the Conservation Zone, is a Significant Maori Area, an Outstanding Natural Feature and Landscape, Significant Archaeological Area and Special Ecological area. Within the Conservation Zone the new track is a permitted activity, but resource consent is required for the following:

1. Earthworks that alter the existing ground level within Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes by more than 1 metre: this applies to the installation of the revetment and the fill activities on the beach terrace;

2. Activities within or adjoining any Special Ecological Area: this applies to all indigenous vegetation clearance to be undertaken within the Special Ecological Area, including, but not limited to, the removal of three Pohutukawa trees;

3. The establishment of the new track/boardwalk, as well as all indigenous vegetation clearance proposed within the Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes area;

4. Establishment of the new track/boardwalk within the Significant Maori Area;

5. Installation of the new track and associated earthworks in the Significant Archaeological Area.

Submissions have closed.

RM18-0508: Rotorua Lakes Council

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Rotorua Lakes Council have received an application from the Rotorua Lakes Council (the applicant) for a suite of resource consents associated with the upgrade of the existing Rotorua Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the discharge of treated wastewater to the Te Arikiroa Channel of Lake Rotorua at Puarenga Bay (Sulphur Bay).

This resource consent application covers the works involved with upgrading the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the construction of a new land contact bed and discharge channel, in addition to the ongoing discharge of treated wastewater to the Te Arikiroa Channel of Lake Rotorua. Other associated consents to allow for the reuse of treated wastewater, the discharge of nutrients to the lake and contaminants (primarily odour) to the air from the Wastewater Treatment Plant are also sought.

Hard copies of the resource consent application can be inspected at the following locations:

  1. Rotorua Library - 1127 Haupapa Street, Rotorua
  2. Rotorua Lakes Council - 1061 Haupapa Street, Rotorua
  3. Bay of Plenty Regional Council - 1125 Arawa Street, Rotorua

Submissions have closed.

RM16-0520: Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has applied for resource consent to discharge aquatic herbicide (Endothall) into water within all Rotorua Lake catchments within the Bay of Plenty Region.

The applicant proposes to discharge the aquatic herbicide (Endothall) in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, which include withholding periods on the taking of water for drinking, livestock and irrigation, the taking of fish, and on swimming.

Location: The application site includes Lakes Rotorua, Rotoiti, Rotoma, Tikitapu, Rotoehu, Tarawera, Okataina, Okereka, Rerewhakaaitu, Rotomahana, Rotokakahi, and Okaro (and their upstream tributaries), as well as all other lakes, seeps, and springs. The application does not propose direct application of Endothall in the Kaituna and Tarawera Rivers.

The application documents, including an assessment of environmental effects, can be viewed at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Rotorua office, 1125 Arawa Street, Rotorua during normal office hours or on this website. A copy on USB can be requested from the Regulatory Coordination Team of Bay of Plenty Regional Council, phone 0800 884 880.

Submissions have closed.

RM18-0241: Fonterra Limited

Fonterra application to discharge dairy liquids/wastewater to land.

Fonterra Limited has applied to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council for resource consent to discharge dairy liquids/wastewater to land, and associated odour to air, via truck spreading.

Dairy liquids will be discharged in the following locations:

  • Whakatane District: Rural Plains, Rural Foothills and Rural Coastal Zones;
  • Kawerau District: Rural Lifestyle Zone excluding land in native bush;
  • Taupo District: Rural Environment excluding land in native bush; and
  • Rotorua District: Rural 1 Zone (RR1) excluding the Lake Rotorua groundwater catchment area subject to Proposed Plan Change 10 to the Bay of Plenty Regional Natural Resources Plan; the catchments of Lake Rerewhakaaitu, Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoehu; and Land in native bush.

'Dairy liquids/wastewater' include dairy by-products, un-processable dairy products, surplus dairy products and dairy processing wastewater. The dairy liquids will be sourced from any Fonterra manufacturing site, including sites within and outside the Bay of Plenty region.

Submissions have closed.

RM-68367: LINZ and BOPRC application to discharge aquatic herbicide

Land Information New Zealand and Bay of Plenty Regional Council (Joint Application).

The joint applicants have applied for resource consent to discharge aquatic herbicide (Diquat) into water within Lakes Rotorua, Rotoiti, Rotoma, Tikitapu, Rotoehu, Tarawera, Okataina, Okereka, Rerewhakaaitu, Rotomahana, Rotokakahi and Okaro.

This is an application to replace consent number 62641, which expired on 31 October 2015 (and is currently being exercised under s.124 of the Resource Management Act (1991)). The existing resource consent does not provide for the discharge of Diquat to Lakes Rotokakahi and Okaro.

It is proposed to discharge the aquatic herbicide in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, which includes the following controls:

  1. In any treated water body (or enclosed bay) no more than 25% of the area is to be treated at any one time;
  2. There is a withholding period of 24 hours following application of diquat to water for swimming and taking of water for domestic use; and
  3. Discharges are to occur a minimum setback distance of 200m from water intakes.

Location:

Lakes Rotorua, Rotoiti, Rotoma, Tikitapu, Rotoehu, Tarawera, Okataina, Okereka, Rerewhakaaitu, Rotomahana, Rotokakahi and Okaro.

A copy of the application is also available on request. Please contact the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Regulatory Coordinator Team on 0800 884 880.

Submissions have closed. 

RM17-0424 - Creswell New Zealand Limited

Creswell New Zealand Limited has applied to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to:

  • Take a maximum of 5,000 cubic metres (m3) of groundwater per day (1,100,000m3 per year) for the commercial bottling of water;
  • Undertake earthworks associated with the expansion of the water bottling plant;
  • Discharge stormwater and treated process wastewater to water; and
  • Discharge treated sanitary wastewater to land.

Please note that part of the application is to replace consent number 20595 which expires 1 October 2026.

Location of the activity is at 57 Johnson Road, Otakiri.

Submissions have closed.

RM17-0678: Transpower NZ Ltd application for a transmission line relocation

(BOPRC) and RC26155 (TCC) Joint Notification

Transpower New Zealand have applied to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga City Council for various resource consents that are required to facilitate the relocation of the Hairini to Mount Maunganui A 110kV transmission line (A-Line) which currently traverses Maungatapu Peninsula, Rangataua Bay Estuary and Matapihi. The proposed works will result in the relocation of the A-Line off private land and out of the Coastal Marine Area (CMA) and generally into the State Highway Road corridor where a separate line (known as the B-Line) is currently located.

Consents applied for

  1. Earthworks within 20 metres of the CMA during the installation of a new pole - State Highway Road Reserve (Maungatapu);
  2. Disturb contaminated land during the installation and removal of poles - Private land (Matapihi).
  3. Undertake drilling which may intercept the water table – includes possible discharge of sediment contaminated stormwater into the CMA - Private land (Matapihi).
  4. Modify a wetland by removing vegetation, and creating access to works areas for transmission pole relocation - Private land (Matapihi).
  5. Disturb the CMA in order to remove existing transmission pole from Rangataua Bay.
  6. Occupation of the airspace above the CMA (Rangataua Bay) by the new A-Line transmission lines - consent sought under the Resource Management (National Environment Standards for Electricity Transmission Activities) Regulations 2009.

Tauranga City Council application number RC26155:

The proposal requires the following resource consents under the National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission Activities 2009 (NESETA):

  1. Pursuant to Regulation 16, for the relocation of transmission line support structures that do not meet the permitted activity or controlled activity conditions under Regulation 14. This is in relation to Poles 28A/28B (replacing a twin pi-pole structure 28), 29A, 30A, 31A, 32A, 38A, 43B, 47A, 48A, 48C, 48D and 48F. The poles are either increasing in height by more than 15% and/or moving more than 10m from their current position.
  2. Pursuant to Regulation 31, for the trimming of willow trees within a natural area (SEA 25) for the purpose of reducing the risk to a transmission line by providing the specified electric clearance.
  3. Pursuant to Regulation 32, trimming, felling or removing any tree or vegetation in relation to an existing transmission line. In this case, minor vegetation removal is required for the proposed wiring site and associated access track within SEA 25.
  4. Pursuant to Regulation 39, the construction of additional poles that are not a relocation of an existing pole. This is in relation to Poles 33A, 33B, 33C, 33D, 33E, 39A, 40A, 41A, 42A, 43C, 44B, 45A, 48B, 48E and 127A.

Please note that the above applications to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga City Council are jointly notified.

Copies of the application documents can also be viewed on the Tauranga City Council website.

A full copy of the applications are also available on USB on request. Please contact the bay of Plenty Regional Council Regulatory Coordinator Team on 0800 884 880.

Submissions have closed.