We all want clean air to breathe, yet across the world this is not a given. Here in the Bay of Plenty our air quality is pretty good most of the time, but we do have our own issues to deal with.

These vary from seasonal issues like dust in summer or smoky fires in winter to pollution and odour issues in industrial areas. The Regional Air Plan aims to protect and improve our air quality by setting rules for those who discharge into the air.

Every year our Pollution Hotline receives thousands of calls about pollution across the region. Air quality makes up about 60% of these calls. In response to these concerns our planners have been updating the Air Plan to ensure it best protects this region’s air quality.

These changes are captured under something called a plan change, or in this instance Plan Change 13.

We notified Plan Change 13 on 27 February 2018 and submissions closed on 18 April 2018. Further submissions closed on 31 July 2018.

Hearings

Bay of Plenty Regional Council appointed the following hearing panel for Proposed Plan Change 13 (Air Quality).

Hearing Commissioners

  • Councillor Andrew von Dadelszen (Chair)
  • Councillor Matemoana McDonald
  • Mr John Iseli (Air Quality Technical Expert)

Proposed Plan Change 13 (Air Quality) Hearings were held over 5 days in both Tauranga and Rotorua in October 2018.

Relevant information

We are now awaiting approval of the Hearing Panel decisions by Council. Approval is expected by mid-February 2019 with public notification currently scheduled for 12 March 2019.

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If you have any questions about the Air Plan, please contact Karen Parcell on 0800 884 881 ex 9346.