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.

The Plan and maps are available to download:

Amendments

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

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 The On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan will be withdrawn when Plan Change 14 is operative.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.