The new water quantity management provisions that are being publicly notified include:
- Confirmation of interim allocation limits and a policy to generally decline new applications for water takes in areas that are already fully allocated.
- Special pathway to resource consent for existing dairy shed water takes (where required).
- A requirement for existing water takes currently allowed as a permitted activity, to register with Council within 12 months of the rule becoming operative.
- Increased metering and reporting requirements for new consented water takes and some permitted takes.
- A decrease in the amount of groundwater allowed to be taken as a permitted activity on properties smaller than 5 hectares.
The ‘generally decline’ policy for fully allocated catchments does not apply to renewals for existing consents. However, the plan change does include a policy to phase out over-allocation through various methods.
The changes will not directly impact people who receive water through a municipal water supply provided by their city or district council, or those that take water only for their reasonable domestic and stock needs.
Key dates at a glance
- 18 September 2018 - decisions made by Council on recommendations from the hearing committee
- 9 October 2018 - decisions publicly notified
- 21 November 2018 - appeals must be lodged with the Environment Court
- 12 December 2018 - s274s must be lodged with the Environment Court
Find out more
For further information about the plan change, please contact Glenys Kroon, Senior Policy Analyst; call 0800 884 881 ext 8324.