Variation 1 on the Proposed Land and Riverbed Management Plan addressed the management of significant wetlands. It was notified in 2005 and Council released its decisions on submissions in 2008. Several submitters took appeals to the Environment Court. The Court issued its final decision on 6 August 2012. This final decision follows three interim decisions, one of which Council appealed to the High Court last year.
Council notified on 17 September 2012 that Proposed Variation 2 to the Plan was to be withdrawn. The intent of proposed Variation 2 was to add further significant wetlands areas to the Plan. Proposed Variation 2 has been made superfluous as all wetlands proposed to be included in that Variation have been included through the Environment Court decision.
The Plan became operative on 24 September 2012.
The changes to the Regional Plan as a result of the High Court decisions include:
- A new objective, five new policies and amendments to the methods relating to the management of wetlands;
- Inclusion of over 100 additional wetland maps identifying wetlands that have been considered as significant, or likely to be significant, as a new Schedule 2 in the regional plan. Activities undertaken within these areas are for the most part discretionary (they require resource consent);
- Amendment to the rules in association with activities on land and in the beds of lakes or rivers for both Schedule 1 and 2 wetlands; and
- New ecological criteria to help staff determine whether a Schedule 2 wetland is significant (to be used during a resource consent process).
A copy of the operative Land and Riverbed Management Plan showing the changes as a result of the Environment Court decision can be downloaded below:Main Document (PDF, 635KB)
Schedules and Appendices (PDF, 52.2MB)
A clean copy of the operative Land and Riverbed Management Plan including these changes can be downloaded below:
Download Land and Riverbed Management Plan (PDF, 48.4MB)
Proposed Regional Land and Water Plan
While Council has been working on resolving the outstanding appeals on Variation 1, the Proposed Land and Riverbed Management Plan, Proposed Water Management Plan and the Regional Plan for Discharges to Land were merged into the Proposed Regional Land and Water Plan. Submissions on the Regional Land and Water Plan sought that the Environment Court decisions be carried through during the Decisions process. The provisions as shown in the marked up version of the Land and Riverbed Management Plan have been included in the Proposed Regional Land and Water Plan.
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