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Draft nutrient rules – next steps

Draft nutrient rules – next steps

From Bay of Plenty Regional Council, 3 November
We appreciate all the effort made by the many individuals and groups that sent in feedback on the draft nitrogen rules for rural land in the Lake Rotorua catchment. Around 300 feedback forms were received by the Friday 31 October deadline. Many people also attended public meetings organised by Council and the Collective since consultation began in July.

Council staff will now summarise the key concerns and report to Councillors, the Stakeholder Advisory Group and the public. The process to amend and flesh out the draft rules will continue, taking account of:

  • the feedback received
  • the economic impact work being carried out by Council and DairyNZ
  • the ongoing “Section 32” analysis that tests if the draft rules approach is the best way of achieving the lake’s water quality target
  • advice from Councillors.

We aim to “notify” the new rules in March 2015. This is the formal RMA process where anyone can make a submission.

Rule development stages:
In summary, there are several rule development stages:

What When
Input from Stakeholder Advisory Group Ongoing
Consultation with farmers and others on the draft rules Up to 31 October 2014
Section 32 report i.e. assessment of rule options, costs and benefits Draft report late 2014, final March 2015
BOPRC staff and Councillors consider the consultation feedback and the Section 32 report, then make changes to the rules Early 2015
Formal notification of the “proposed rules” March 2015
Formal submissions on proposed rules, followed by further submissions i.e. submitters can support or oppose other submissions Probably April-May 2015
Hearings i.e. submitters, experts and staff present their arguments before a Hearings Panel which deliberates and makes a decision To be advised