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The life span of a district plan is up to ten years before it must be reviewed. The Operative Rotorua District Plan was one of the first to be prepared under the Resource Management Act 1991. The Operative Plan has undergone an intensive review with the exception of Part 20 Lakes A Zone. The Lakes A Zone includes lakes Okataina, Tarawera, Rotomahana, Okaro, Rotokakahi (Green), Tikitapu (Blue) and Okareka including their catchments, but does not form part of this review. The next district plan, called the Proposed Rotorua District Plan was notified on 31 October 2012. The process for public participation in the consideration of the Proposed Plan under the Act is outlined below.
Submissions to the Proposed Rotorua District Plan closed on 1 March 2013 with 518 submissions received. The revised ‘Summary of Decisions Requested’, which summarises the decisions requested by submitters was publicly released on 14 September 2013. Click the link to view the Submissions and Summary of Decisions Requested report.
Any person has an opportunity to submit in support or in opposition to these submissions. This is called further submissions.
Following the release of the revised ‘Summary of Decisions Requested’, further submissions to the Proposed Rotorua District Plan were received between 16 September and 11 October 2013.
Please note that both a ‘further submission’ that was provided based on the original or the revised ‘Summary of Decisions Requested’, will be considered by the council.
The Rotorua District Council must give its decision on the provisions and matters raised in the submissions including its reasons for accepting or rejecting submissions. On 30 October council will consider a 17 November release date of decisions made on the proposed district plan. Any person who has made a submission or further submission has the right to appeal to the Environment Court about Council's decision.
Please note that all hearings will be recorded.
If a person making a submission or further submission asks to be heard in support of that submission, a hearing must be held. At a council meeting on 1 August it was decided to defer the hearings until after council elections. The newly elected council will commence the hearing of submissions and further submissions on 3 March 2014 and conclude on 26 August 2014. Submitters will be formally notified of the hearing procedures, hearing schedule and access to the planners’ recommendation report no later than 10 working days prior to the hearing. The planners report will provide recommendations to the Councillors on what changes needs to be made to the proposed plan in response to submissions received and a copy of the plan in track-change for ease of reference.Some topics may require further discussion and/or further research. In those cases RDC planners will make contact later this year to discuss individual submissions and engage technical experts before planners’ reports are prepared.
Antoine Coffin has been appointed as the TARIT and Raukawa commissioner for the hearings of the District Plan. Antoine will be participating at the hearings for Part 9 Rural, Part 10 Reserves, Community Assets and Water, Part 13 Subdivision, Part 17 Definitions and submissions across various chapters. Consistent with the decision made at the Council meeting held 12 December 2013, Mr Coffin’s participation on specific matters related to the Vision and Strategy of the Waikato River will give effect to the Joint Management Agreements (JMA) signed in 2012 and 2013.
Hearing Schedules and Reports
Please be advised that some submission points relating to Rotorua lakes, their settlements and lake structures across all chapters, and matters of national and district strategic importance, whilst still contained in each of these reports, have been re-allocated.If for any reason you are unable to access the reports which will be issued 10 working days prior to the hearings, or you have any other technical requirements, or queries regarding a scheduled hearing, please contact Anita Galland by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 07 351 8621.
The proposed district plan (including the various parts, appendices and maps), research, fact sheets and section 32 report can be viewed by clicking the link below. Alternatively, you can inspect the proposed plan at the Council's Customer Centre or the Rotorua District Library during opening hours.