Freshwater is one of our region’s most precious natural resources and much of the Regional Council’s work revolves around it. Central government has set a new direction for improving water quality and protecting life in our rivers, lakes, streams and aquifers. It is our job to make it happen, so the Regional Council has proposed amendments to the Regional Policy Statement. 29 submissions were received on Change 5 and nine further submissions were lodged in support or opposition to those origional 29 submissions. Decisions have been made on those submissions. 4 Appeals were lodged with the Environment Court.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has proposed amendments to modify existing objectives and policies in the Regional Policy Statement (RPS). The RPS Change covers a focussed range of matters. Primarily, it will inserts new policies and amends existing policies in the RPS relating to freshwater resources. It does not assume a ‘blank canvas’ exists for making these policies.
Proposed Change 5 will provide enhanced guidance and direction to decision-makers about how future management decisions will be made in an integrated manner for the sustainable management of the region’s land and fresh water resources. To do this, Change 5:
The Council has issued its decisions on submissions. This follows a hearing on 10-12 April 2013 by a panel of Commissioners, and the Council subsequently adopting the Commissioners recommendations. Four submitters have lodged appeals against decisions made on their submisions to the Environment Court. After those appeals are resolved, Change 5 can be made 'operative'.
Change 5 (Latest Version)
Change 5 Decisions Document
Change 5 (as amended by council decisions)
Proposed RPS Change 5 (as at public notification)
s32 Evaluation Summary Report
Regional Council's NPS for Freshwater Management Progressive Implementation Programme
All Submissions 1-29
Summary of Submissions
All Further Submissions Lodged
s42A hearing report and staff recommendations
1. Appeal - Federated Farmers of NZ
2. Appeal - HB Fish & Game Council
3. Appeal - Horticulture NZ
4. Appeal - Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc.
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