MINUTES OF A meeting of the Regional Planning Committee



Date:                          Wednesday 19 September 2012


Time:                          1.00pm




















In Attendance

Council Chamber

Hawke's Bay Regional Council

159 Dalton Street



Cr F Wilson – Chairman

Cr E McGregor

Cr T Gilbertson

Cr E von Dadelszen

Cr K Rose

Cr A J Dick

Cr L Remmerswaal

Cr C Scott

R Spooner

N Kirikiri

T Waaka

W Wilson

T Hopmans


E Lambert – Group Manager – External Relations

H Codlin – Group Manager – Strategic Development

G Ide – Team Leader - Policy

M Drury – Committee Secretary





Chairman Wilson welcomed all present to the meeting. 


RPC16/12Apologies were received from Messrs C Rangi and  K Brown.

von Dadelszen/Waaka


Chairman Wilson and Councillor Rose advised that due to another commitment, they would leave the meeting at 1.30pm.



There were no conflict of interest declarations.


3.      CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF the Regional Planning Committee held on 5 September 2012


Minutes of the Regional Planning Committee held on Wednesday, 5 September 2012, a copy having been circulated prior to the meeting, were taken as read and confirmed as a true and accurate record following amendment.




4.      Matters Arising from Minutes of  the  Regional Planning Committee held on Wednesday 5 September 2012

Taharua Catchment Study

Responding to a question Ms Codlin advised that it was planned that the Eco-n programme would be funded primarily by participating farmers with as yet unconfirmed assistance from Ravensdown (monitoring and expert support for up to 10 years) and MfE  (for 2 years).  If the programme was effective after that time, the programme could continue, but all costs would likely fall directly back to the landowners.



Action Items from Previous Regional Planning Committee Meetings


Mrs Lambert updated the Committee on the Action list and advised she was awaiting updated information  from the Office of Treaty Settlements before a letter was written.

The Committee discussed the deadline that legislation was required to be introduced into the House and noted it was hoped the Bill would be attached to another treaty settlement legislation in the new year.



1.      That Council receives the report “Action Items from Previous Meetings”.





Call for General Business Items

There were no items of general business.



Regional Policy Statement - Change 5


Mr Ide introduced the agenda item which presented a revised draft version of Change 5 and the associated section 32 evaluation summary report.   Mr Ide outlined revisions made in the draft version following the Committee’s discussions at its 5 September meeting.  Mr Ide also highlighted the key features of Change 5 and noted options previously circulated amongst Committee members regarding how Change 5 might address matters of assessing, identifying and managing ‘outstanding fresh water bodies.’

Chairman Wilson and Councillor Rose left the meeting at 1.30pm

Mr Waaka assumed the Chair.

The Committee discussed the draft version of Change 5 and made several amendments .

Responding to questions from the Committee, Mr Ide advised that:

·        OBJ LW1 is to be achieved within the RMA’s overall purpose, so including reference to “sustainable” management is appropriate;

·        Change 5 is not starting with a blank canvas . The new LW3 chapter is focussed on the integration of decision-making whereas other chapters in the existing RPS contain provisions with specific types of resources;

·        References to “providing for” something typically means, in an RMA context, actively doing something, rather than a passive action;

·        To implement the policies, a toolbox of non-regulatory and regulatory methods is highly likely to be utilised, and POL LW4 clearly expresses that intention;

·        It would be clearer if OBJ 27’s reference to values being “identified by the community” be replaced with reference to the catchment-based approach outlined in POL LW2;

·        For the purposes of the Mohaka regional plan change, the focus Council has previously endorsed is on the Mohaka River catchment, so the indicative Mohaka ‘Catchment Area’ should be amended to exclude the neighbouring Waihua River and Waikari River catchments;

·        The Regional Coastal Environment Plan contains policies and rules dealing with coastal gravel extraction (as distinct from river bed gravel extraction provisions in Chapter 3.11 of the Regional Resource Management Plan);

·        With reference to OBJ29, it is Council’s role to manage the rivers and it would determine when and how much gravel would be extracted ‘at the appropriate time’

·        Draft Policy 20A was relocated as POL LW3;

·        Several objectives in Change 5 could be reworded for a clearer descriptor of the intended outputs of improved integrated and sustainable resource management decision-making;

·        In POL LW3 (b) would replace the word ‘animal’ to ‘livestock’ which would provide greater clarity that the policy relates to production land and farmed animals;

·        Clarity about the scope of Change 5 would be assisted by publication of the Council’s National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management progressive Implementation Programme.  The programme will indicate that Change 5 is not intended to comprehensively give effect to the NPSFM in one go.


Councillor von Dadelszen in moving the motion noted it was an important time for the Committee to consider the changes which would then follow on with amendments to several existing documents and submissions could be received from the public when it is publicly notified in due course.

Councillor von Dadelszen congratulated staff on the excellent production of the s32 document.



The Regional Planning 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 5 following a decision by Council to publicly notify it.

2.    Adopts Change 5 to the Regional Resource Management Plan) as amended at the meeting for public notification in early October 2012.

3.    Adopts the “Section 32 Evaluation Summary: Change 5 – Land use and freshwater management” and make it available for public inspection.

von Dadelszen/Dick




General Business


There were no items of general business for discussion.


Prior to the closure of the meeting, the Committee discussed the opportunities for committee members to attend a training course for Resource Management Act Hearings Commissioners.  Mr Ide will report back to the next meeting on possible course timing, venue and costing details.


Mr Walter Wilson offered the closing Karakia.


There being no further business Mr Waaka declared the meeting closed at 1.58pm on Wednesday, 19 September 2012.


Signed as a true and correct record.




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