Proposed Plan Change 6AA

Otago Regional Council (ORC) is proposing a plan change to postpone the date when certain rules controlling discharge contaminant concentration and rules on nitrogen leaching come into force, from 1 April 2020 to 1 April 2026.

Proposed Plan Change 6AA is the first of two plan changes that will address significant issues with the Water Plan and strengthen the plan’s existing policy framework, in advance of developing a comprehensive plan review. It is expected that the full review of the Water Plan will be completed, and new planning provisions will be operative, before 1 April 2026.

Consultation on Proposed Plan Change 6AA was undertaken by ORC in August 2019, in accordance with Clauses 3 and 4A of Schedule 1 to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

Proposed Plan Change 6AA was notified by ORC on Saturday 5 October 2019, in accordance with Clause 5 of Schedule 1 to the RMA. ORC also prepared a Section 32 evaluation report outlining the rationale for the changes proposed under Proposed Plan Change 6AA. You can view these documents by clicking on the appropriate link below.

As the proposed plan change relates to water, the amendments to rules in proposed Plan Change 6AA will take immediate legal effect from the date of notification, pursuant to section 86B(1)(a) and (3) of the Resource Management Act 1991.

Anyone can make a submission on Proposed Plan Change 6AA before 5pm, Monday 4 November 2019.

You may do so by sending a written submission to the ORC. The submission makes use of Form 5 and must state whether you wish to be heard in support of your submission. Copies of Form 5 specific to Proposed Plan Change 6AA are available by phoning the ORC or by clicking the links below.

Post to: Otago Regional Council, Private Bag 1954, Dunedin 9054

Fax to: (03) 479 0015

Email to:

Deliver to: Otago Regional Council offices at:

  • 70 Stafford Street, Dunedin
  • Dunorling Street, Alexandra
  • The Station, First Floor, Corner Shotover and Camp Streets, Queenstown

You may also make a submission online at


View and download documents

Public Notice Proposed Plan Change 6AA

Proposed Plan Change 6AA

Section 32 Evaluation Report – Proposed Plan Change 6AA

Form 5 for making a submission

Copies of the above documents are also available directly from ORC (contact details above).


Next steps in the process

  1. Submissions received and summarised
  2. Release of summary of decisions requested by submitters and call for further submissions
  3. Hearing, and Council gives notice of its decision on the proposal, including its reasons
  4. Address any appeals to the Environment Court
  5. Plan change becomes operative
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