Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua

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What will happen next

This is the process that is being followed to develop and introduce rules to change the way land in the Lake Rotorua catchment is used. These rules are one part of the solution for protecting Lake Rotorua.

Timeframe

Proposed Plan Change 10 (Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management) to the Regional Water and Land Plan was publicly notified on 29 February 2016, and the last hearing was adjourned on 4 May, 2017. 

What is next?

The independent hearing panel heard from a wide range of submitters on the proposed plan change, and now has the responsibility to consider all the information submitted, and make an informed recommendation on the plan change to Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC).

Once the decision has been released by BOPRC, submitters will have 30 working days to file any appeals to the Environment Court.

In the meantime BOPRC knows there are some over 40 hectare farming enterprises who are ready to move forward and apply for a resource consent. From July 1 to September 30, 2017, BOPRC will offer these free.

Farming enterprises over 40 hectares with a signed Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) can call the Advice and Support Service on 07 921 3377 to discuss the process.