Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua

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.


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. 

On 30 June 2017, after several days of hearings and many hours of deliberations, the Independent Hearing Panel provided Council with their Report and Recommendations on Proposed Plan Change 10.

The Regional Direction and Delivery Committee adopted these recommendations as Council decisions on 2 August 2017 and the Report, with appendices, is available here

This report was publicly notified as Council decisions on 15 August 2017. Submitters had 30 working days to lodge their appeal with the Environment Court.

See appeals here

What is next?

Mediation will take place between Council and the appellants. If there are still parts of the plan change that are not resolved they will be heard by 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. 

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.