MINUTES OF A meeting of the Environmental Management Committee



Date:                          Wednesday 16 November 2011


Time:                          2.45pm



Council Chamber

Hawke's Bay Regional Council

159 Dalton Street



Present:                     E von Dadelszen - Chairman

N Kirton

T Gilbertson

A J Dick

L Remmerswaal

E McGregor

K Rose

C Scott

M Apatu

P Paku


In Attendance:          I Maxwell – Group Manager -  Resource Management

H Codlin – Group Manager - Strategic Development

G Ide – Team Leader Policy

M Drury – Committee Secretary


Chairman von Dadelszen welcomed all present to the meeting.

EMC13/11 An apology was received from Councillor Wilson.




There were no conflicts of interest declared.


3.      CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF the Environmental Management Committee held on 12 October 2011


Minutes of the Environmental Management Committee held on Wednesday, 12 October 2011, a copy having been circulated prior to the meeting, were taken as read and confirmed.




4.      Matters Arising from Minutes of  the  Environmental Management Committee held on Wednesday 12 October 2011

14.    General Business – Waikoau Stream

Councillor Rose advised that following discussions with Mr Leckie, Land Services Manager a letter had been sent to Mr Lusk in response to his query about the planting of native trees on riparian strips.



Call for General Business Items


1.      Articles of Interest




Action Items from Previous Environmental Mangement Committee Meetings


Ms Codlin updated the Committee on the Action items listed and noted that a report on the Draft Wastewater Plan Change would be presented to the Committee in April.



1.      That the Environmental Management Committee receives the report.





Proposed Change 4 "Managing the Built Environment"


Mr Ide presented this agenda item which presented a final draft plan change and associated section 32 evaluation summary report for adoption.

Mr Ide reminded the Committee that a draft RPS change was presented to the Committee in August of this year which Council endorsed.  Community engagement was subsequently undertaken by staff and following an updated report in October Council agreed to defer adoption of a RPS change for public notification in order for further work to be undertaken by staff which has now been completed.

Mr Ide advised that there are no rules to this Plan change so Section 86B RMA does not apply, but Council has to produce a S32 report as part of the  legal requirements for a plan change prior to its adoption.  Mr Ide also advised that if the Plan Change was adopted by Council at its 23 November meeting, it would be publically notified before Christmas with submissions closing in February and a hearing could be arranged as early as November 2012.

The Committee discussed the proposed plan change and Section 32 report and sought clarification why the identification of outstanding natural features and landscapes for protection from urban development were not included in Change 4.  Clarification was also sought why Maraekakaho rural settlement had been included under POL UD4.3 as an appropriate area for residential growth when it has been identified as a water short area.

Ms Codlin advised that within the Heretaunga Plains sub-region, HPUDs implicitly covered the matter of landscapes.  Further consideration of this matter across the entire region could be undertaken as a separate change to the RPS in future.

Councillors agreed that the implementation of the Heretaunga Plains Urban Development Strategy into the RPS was a major milestone for local government collaboration; a most notable action for the Regional Council as lead agency; and a very successful achievement.



That the Environmental Management Committee recommends that Council:

1.    Agrees that the decisions to be made are not significant under the criteria contained in Council’s adopted policy on significance and that Council can exercise its discretion under Sections 79(1)(a) and 82(3) of the Local Government Act 2002 and make decisions on this issue without conferring directly with the community and persons likely to be affected by or to have an interest in the decision because the Resource Management Act allows people to have an opportunity to submit on Change 4 following a decision by Council to publicly notify it.

2.    Adopts the “Section 32 Evaluation Summary: Change 4 – Managing the Built Environment” (Attachment 1) and make it available for public inspection.

3.    Adopts Change 4 to the Regional Resource Management Plan (Attachment 2) for public notification as amended at the Environmental Management Committee Meeting on 16 November 2011.

4.    Agrees that a panel of commissioners be appointed to hear submissions on Change 4 and make recommendations back to the Council, with that panel’s composition being as follows:

4.1.    One representative to be nominated by Napier City Council;

4.2.    One representative to be nominated by Hastings District Council;

4.3.    Mr Mike Mohi (Chairman of HBRC Maori Committee and member of HBRC Hearing Committee and

4.4.    Councillor Scott (Panel Chair) and Councillor von Dadelszen (Panel Deputy Chair).






General Business



Councillor McGregor tabled recently published articles by Jon Morgan and Warwick Hesketh (Council staff member) for Councillor’s  information.







Prior to closing the meeting, Chairman von Dadelszen noted that this was the last meeting of the Environmental Management Committee and thanked all members of the committee for the excellent input.


Councillor Scott thanked Councillor von Dadelszen for her excellent chairmanship of the Environmental Management Committee

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 3.15pm on Wednesday, 16 November  2011.


Signed as a true and correct record.




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