Implementing the Water Quantity Provisions of the RPS
The RPS Water Quantity provisions were identified as the top priority RPS implementation work stream by Council in 2016. At their meeting on the 30 November 2017, the Regional Direction and Delivery Committee approved a report presenting the implementation work stream for the Regional Policy Statement (RPS) Water Quantity provisions. The report sets out how implementation of the RPS Water Quantity policies and methods is tracking and progress in achieving Objective 30. A copy of the RDD 30 November 2017 report can be viewed here (544KB, pdf).
The RPS Water Quantity provisions are well on track to be implemented. Proposed Plan Change 9 to the Regional Water and Land Plan contains provisions that give effect to the RPS Water Quantity provisions at a regional plan level. The second stage of this process involves working with tangata whenua and communities to set limits at a localised level to meet water quality and quantity targets at a Freshwater Management Unit level. This work is already underway for the Kaituna Maketū, Pongokawa, Waitahanui and Rangitāiki Water Management Areas. These second stream Water Management Area plan changes will further implement the RPS Water Quantity provisions.
The RPS Water Quantity provisions are being considered in consents processes while water reduction and efficient water use methodologies are being implemented or advocated to stakeholders and water users region wide.