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Proposed Freshwater Plan decisions

A decision on the Proposed Gisborne Regional Freshwater Plan has been made. Notice was given under clause 10 First Schedule Resource Management Act 1991.

Council accepted the recommendations of the Hearings Panel which are set out in the 5 decision reports below along with a version of the proposed plan showing changes resulting from the decisions including maps.

If you lodged a submission or a further submission to the Proposed District Plan and are not satisfied with the decisions, you may lodge an appeal to the Environment Court if:

  • The subject of their appeal was referred to in their previous submission(s); and
  • The appeal does not seek the withdrawal of the Proposed District Plan as a whole.

Under the Resource Management Act 1991, any appeal must be lodged with the Environment Court within 30 days of this notice and must be on the prescribed form. 

Decision report 1 [PDF, 797 KB] - RPS; Issues, Objectives and Strategic Policies
Decision report 2 [PDF, 568 KB] - Water Quantity Provisions
Decision report 3 [PDF, 581 KB] - Water Quality Provisions
Decision report 4 [PDF, 535 KB] - Section 5.5: Hazardous substances and contaminated sites; Section 6: Activities in the beds and lakes; Section 7: Riparian margins and wetlands; Schedules
Decision report 5 [PDF, 703 KB] - Catchment Plans

Proposed Plan [PDF, 6 MB] showing changes resulting from the decisions including maps 

Proposed Freshwater Plan 

The Freshwater Plan hearings took place between August and December 2016. See the Hearing Documents.

The Freshwater Plan was incorporated into the Tairāwhiti Resource Management Plan on 30 June 2017. The Freshwater Plan is provided for information below but now can be found in Part B6 (Freshwater Regional Policy Statement) and Part DF1 (Waipaoa Catchment Plan) of the Tairāwhiti Plan. 

The Freshwater Plan guides how we use and look after fresh water in our region. It identifies the issues for fresh water and what outcomes we want to achieve.

New rules for water quality and quantity took effect when the plan was notified on 10 October 2015.

Waterways that have significant or outstanding values have been identified with particular rules in place around them. It also outlines specific planning for each catchment area, starting with the Waipaoa Catchment Plan

Proposed Freshwater Plan documents

Read the plan as an eBook  

PDF version Proposed Gisborne Regional Freshwater Plan [PDF, 4.2 MB] 
Maps with the Freshwater Plan district maps  
Summary and quick guide to the Freshwater Plan Our Water

Consequently changes to existing Gisborne RMA plans

Section 32 of the RMA Report - evaluation report [PDF, 5.6 MB]

Consequential plan changes

As a result of notifying the proposed plan, there are consequential changes to our other plans:

• Plan change 62 - part operative Combined Regional and District Plan
• Plan change 3 - Regional Plan for Discharges to Land,Water, Waste Management and Hazardous Substances
• Plan change 3 - Regional Policy Statement
• Plan change 2 - Transitional Regional Plan

Consequential changes to existing RMA plans 

Factsheets for rule changes and consents

We have a series of factsheets that help explain some of the new rules in the plan. The factsheets are helpful if you take water for irrigation, grow crops, farm livestock, develop land, do any work in a waterway or any trade or industrial development.

Freshwater factsheets

Freshwater reports 

For reports and information  supporting the development of the Freshwater Plan

Freshwater Plan Hearings

Freshwater hearings for the proposed Gisborne Regional Freshwater Plan have been set down to occur on a per topic basis, the following hearings and topics will be addressed, Regional policy statement and General matters, Water quantity, Water quality, Waipaoa catchment plan.



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