Plan Change 9 is the first step in a two-stage approach to improving the rules for water quality and quantity management in the Bay of Plenty.
Regional Council’s decision to approve the plan change was publicly notified on 9 October 2018 and appeals are currently being considered by the Environment Court. In the meantime, both the existing provisions of the Regional Natural Resources Plan, and the notified changes must be considered in planning decisions.
|Draft plan change notified||October 2016|
Independent hearings panel: Andrew Fenemor, Antoine Coffin (chair), Rauru Kirikiri, Cllrs Jane Nees and Paula Thompson
|Council decision||18 September 2018|
|Decision notified||9 October 2018|
|Appeals closed||December 2018|
|Pre-mediation meetings||March, May, june 2019|
Appeals sub-committee meetings
Members: Cllrs Jane Nees (Chair), Paula Thompson, Matemoana McDonald. Cllr Andrew von Dadelszen withdrew from the sub-committee in May 2019
|July, August (x2), September 2019|
Environment Court reporting memorandum requesting Court-assisted two-day mediation workshop for all appellants and s274 parties
|23 September 2019|
- Draft plan change – notifiedversion 3.8
- Staff recommendations - version 6.0
- Hearing panel recommendations version 8.0
- Report and Recommendations of the Hearing Committee
- Previous information
Fourteen parties filed appeals and 26 parties filed s274 notices to join the appellants.
Over the last few months staff have been talking and meeting with all parties, on an informal and without prejudice basis, to try to resolve appeal topics raised.
The appeals sub-committee, which was formed in February 2019, met with staff on four separate occasions to consider the scope of mediation and provide direction toward resolution of the appeals. Council is now waiting to hear from the Environment Court with a date for a two-day Court-assisted-mediation workshop.
Although Plan Change 9 is under appeal, many of its more administrative provisions require implementation, for example consents continue to be administered under the operative and proposed planning provisions.
Council has continued to revise and update the Assessment of Water Availability and Estimate of Current Allocation Levels Report 2016 (AWA Report) and information relating to groundwater is now available in a live web-based map. Surface water information will be moved to a similar system in future, but is currently available here.