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Policies included in the Regional Plan in accordance with the NPS on Freshwater Management

The National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management 2014 (issued by notice in the Gazette on 9 August 2017) directs regional councils to include two policies in their Regional Plans. Council resolved to include these Policies in its Regional Plan on 27 August 2015. The policies are designed as interim measures to be included in plans until such time as plans can be amended through the First Schedule process to give effect to the Freshwater NPS.

Policy A4 of the NPS Freshwater Management

  1. When considering any application for a discharge the consent authority must have regard to the following matters:
    1. the extent to which the discharge would avoid contamination that will have an adverse effect on the life-supporting capacity of fresh water including on any ecosystem associated with fresh water and
    2. the extent to which it is feasible and dependable that any more than minor adverse effect on fresh water, and on any ecosystem associated with fresh water, resulting from the discharge would be avoided.
  2. When considering any application for a discharge the consent authority must have regard to the following matters:
    1. the extent to which the discharge would avoid contamination that will have an adverse effect on the health of people and communities as affected by their contact with fresh water; and
    2. the extent to which it is feasible and dependable that any more than minor adverse effect on the health of people and communities as affected by their contact with fresh water, resulting from the discharge would be avoided.
  3. This policy applies to the following discharges (including a diffuse discharge by any person or animal):
    1. a new discharge or
    2. a change or increase in any discharge – of any contaminant into fresh water, or onto or into land in circumstances that may result in that contaminant (or, as a result of any natural process from the discharge of that contaminant, any other contaminant) entering fresh water.

  4. Paragraph 1 of this policy does not apply to any application for consent first lodged before the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 took effect on 1 July 2011.
  5. Paragraph 2 of this policy does not apply to any application for consent first lodged before the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 takes effect.

 

Policy B7 of the NPS Freshwater Management

  1. When considering any application the consent authority must have regard to the following matters:
    1. the extent to which the change would adversely affect safeguarding the life-supporting capacity of fresh water and of any associated ecosystem and
    2. the extent to which it is feasible and dependable that any adverse effect on the life-supporting capacity of fresh water and of any associated ecosystem resulting from the change would be avoided.
  2. This policy applies to:
    1. any new activity and
    2. change in the character, intensity or scale of any established activity – that involves any taking, using, damming or diverting of fresh water or draining of any wetland which is likely to result in any more than minor adverse change in the natural variability of flows or level of any fresh water, compared to that which immediately preceded the commencement of the new activity or the change in the established activity (or in the case of a change in an intermittent or seasonal activity, compared to that on the last occasion on which the activity was carried out).
  3. This policy does not apply to any application for consent first lodged before the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 took effect on 1 July 2011.

  

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