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Published: 2008-01-29 00:00:00

An Environment Waikato hearing committee has approved resource consents related to earthworks, waste water and water supply for a new development on the fringe of Lake Taupo, finding they are unlikely to have adverse environmental effects.

Sade Developments aims to create a 345-hectare farm park on Whakaroa Rd at Savannah Bay High Country Estate, Kinloch. The company also plans to build 86 houses and associated community facilities on the land, which forms part of a headland protruding into Lake Taupo.

It applied to Environment Waikato for resource consents relating to earthworks, ground water takes and waste water discharges last November. It also applied to Taupo District Council for resource consents relating to land use and construction of the buildings.

Hearing committees appointed by Environment Waikato and Taupo District Council assessed the applications at a joint hearing in Taupo from December 10-13.

The information below relates only to Environment Waikato’s hearing committee decision.

After visiting the site Environment Waikato’s committee determined any visual effects of the proposed earthworks would be minimal and temporary.

“The site inspection also identified that the location of proposed building platforms associated with dwellings are sensibly located and are likely to significantly reduce off site visual effects,” the committee noted in its report.

The committee noted the proposed treatment from all systems “was to a very high level” and was also satisfied nitrogen entering the lake from the future farming activities within the farm park would be addressed via a new land use consent process.

“Overall, the committee noted that the water cycle is complete in that the groundwater taken is discharged back into the ground either via storm water or the highly treated wastewater discharges and over time this will replenish the aquifers and subsequently the lake resources,” the report said.

After carefully considering all evidence, the committee found the applications were consistent with the Resource Management Act and would enhance community well being while:

  • sustaining the potential of natural and physical resources
  • safeguarding the life supporting capacity of air, water, soil and ecosystems
  • avoiding, remedying or mitigating any adverse effects of these activities on the environment.

The Environment Waikato hearing committee granted the applications subject to a range of resource consent conditions.