14 June 2018
Southland Councillors are hopeful mediation will resolve all issues as the
proposed Southland Water and Land Plan enters the Environment Court mediation
appeals period for the proposed plan ended on 17 May, and there are 25 appeals
received. These appeals are now available on Environment Southland’s website.
the first step in the Environment Court appeals process, however, this is
reliant on parties agreeing to mediation. At the strategy and policy committee
meeting yesterday (Wednesday), Councillors were hopeful that all parties would
come to the mediation table in good faith, prepared to find solutions.
the committee meeting, chairman Nicol Horrell said that reaching resolutions
sooner, rather than later, was of benefit to all parties.
committed to working with all those involved to reach agreement, so we can then
move on to the next piece of important work, which is the People Water and Land
If there is
not an agreement for mediation, then appeals will be heard by an Environment Court
Judge. Court hearings will significantly increase the cost and duration of the
appeal process, which is likely to take around 18 months.
agreed that resolving appeals by mediation will spare the public undue expense.
Southland Water and Land Plan seeks to address activities that are known
to have a significant effect on water quality, such as land use
intensification, urban discharges, wintering and stock access to
appeals issues raised:
with the use of the term ‘generally not granting’ in the physiographic zone
seeking changes to Policy 18 – Stock Exclusion from Waterways;
· A number of
appellants seeking relief from Rule 20 – Farming; (Note: Ngai Tahu and Fish and
Game are seeking retention of deleted provisions)
· A combined
Councils appeal around Rules 15, 33 and 33A regarding stormwater and community
against Policy 26, Rule 52 and Appendix E all regarding the Waiaiu River and
Manapouri hydro-electric scheme;
Ngai Tahu, Federated Farmers, Alliance, Forest and Bird and Southland Fish and
Game identify a significant number of appeal points, which cover a large amount
of the Plan, and therefore may affect significantly more provisions than that
specified in the appeal notice.
can be found in full on Environment Southland’s website as well as an updated
copy of the proposed plan with areas shaded that are under appeal. Submitters
to the proposed plan may still ‘join’ an appeal under Section 274 of the
Resource Management Act up until 22 June.