Submitting on Notified Consents
Hawke's Bay Regional Council publicly notifies resource consent applications when it is determined that the adverse effects will be, or are likely to be, more than minor. This is when the community has an opportunity to make submissions for or against the proposal.
Notices of any publicly notified resource consent applications are published in local newspapers and on this website (see below). Notices are usually in the newspaper serving the district where the proposed activity is to take place - most often Hawke's Bay Today and/or the local community paper.
Currently Publicly Notified Consents
Otane Wastewater Treatment Plant - SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has received applications from Central Hawke’s Bay District Council for resource consents to replace the existing discharge consents associated with the Otane wastewater treatment plant. The existing consents expired in September 2015. New consents to authorise the discharge of contaminants to land, water and to air have been sought.
Municipal wastewater from the Otane Township is treated in the Otane wastewater treatment plant, at Lawrence Street, Otane. The current treatment process consists of an aerated oxidation pond with floating wetland. The applicant proposes upgrades to the treatment plant, namely, addition of a chemical dosing plant, lamella clarifier, disc filter and UV treatment system. The upgrade is currently proposed for the 2018/2019 year.
Treated wastewater is piped from the treatment plant to an unnamed farm drain. This drain flows intermittently, and during the summer months it is often dry. The drain runs along and eventually under Drumpeel Road, and connects to the Kaikora Stream/Te Aute Drain, which is a tributary of the Papanui Stream.
Full details of the proposal can be found in the consent application, Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) and further information; links to which can be found on this page.
Submissions closed on Monday 6 March 2017 at 5 pm.
Anyone can make a submission on a publicly notified resource consent application. This is a formal process. Please supply your submission to HBRC by the published due date.
To make a submission, please download the submission form below. If you prefer to get a printed copy in the post please email our Consents Advisor or phone +646 833 8090.
Pre hearing meeting
After the submission period has closed, applicants and submitters are usually invited to a pre-hearing meeting to try to work through the issues raised by the submitters.
If no agreement can be reached at the pre-hearing meeting, then the application may proceed to a formal Hearing before a hearing panel appointed by the Council’s Hearings Committee. Submitters have the right to be heard at this forum, if they wish.
An Everyday Guide to the RMA is a set of booklets available from the Ministry for the Environment to help you with everyday matters under the RMA. The booklets explain specific RMA processes, your rights, and how you can get involved.