The Flood Protection and Drainage Bylaws are regulations that safeguards flood protection and land drainage assets from damage or misuse.
Submissions on the Statement of Proposal are now closed. Thanks to everyone who made a submission.
Due to the enactment of COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020, Bay of Plenty Regional Council will be postponing the proposed Flood Protection and Drainage Bylaws 2020 hearings, deliberations and adoption until the following dates:
- Hearings: 26 August 2020
- Deliberations: 30 September 2020
- Adoption: 29 October 2020.
Schedule 16 of the COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Act provides temporary legislation, and updates s160B of the Local Government Act 2001, to ensure that the 2008 Floodway and Drainage Bylaw is not revoked on 30 June 2020 and continues to be in force until adoption of the Flood Protection and Drainage Bylaws 2020, or 30 June 2021, whichever is earlier.
The Floodway and Drainage Bylaw 2008 remains in force until then.
The Flood Protection and Drainage Bylaws apply to assets owned or managed by Regional Council:
- defences against water
- erosion protection works
The bylaws only apply to assets managed by Bay of Plenty Regional Council as part of the region’s flood protection and land drainage schemes. These schemes are within the area from the Kaituna River and Te Puke Basin east to the Waioeka and Otara Rivers (Ōpōtiki) and include:
- Kaituna Catchment Control Scheme – includes some streams flowing into Lake Rotorua, the Kaituna River and drainage systems in the Te Puke Basin (from Te Puke out to the coast)
- Rangitāiki-Tarawera Rivers Scheme
- Rangitāiki Drainage Scheme – Rangitāiki Plains between Matatā and Whakatāne
- Whakatāne-Tauranga Rivers Scheme
- Waiōtahe River Scheme
- Waiōtahe Drainage Scheme
- Huntress Creek Drainage Scheme
- Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme – Ōpōtiki
These assets protect people, property and livelihoods from river flooding and problems associated with a lack of land drainage.
The Bylaws outline when you need to talk with Council and if necessary apply for a Bylaw Authority. This ensures we work together to develop the best approach to managing activities within Bylaw Applicable Areas.
The Local Government Act 2002 requires all bylaws to be reviewed every ten years.
This ensures the rules are:
- still fit-for-purpose
- informed by the latest science and data
- informed by experience from previous flood events
- informed by present issues and risks e.g. climate change projections, land use changes and increased pressure from development
Proposed Bylaw update documents
This is a technical report which was considered in the development of the Bylaws and clauses.