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.

Read some Q&A about the plan changes here:


Notification and consultation

Proposed Plan Change 6AA was notified by ORC on 5 October 2019, in accordance with Clause 5 of Schedule 1 to the RMA, and the period for submissions closed on 4 November 2019.

A total of 20 submissions were received.

Council released the Summary of Decisions Requested (see below) and called for further submissions on 9 November 2019.  Three further submissions were received.

The Section 42A report, which seeks to assist the decision-making process by summarising the main matters raised in submissions and further submissions and identifies key questions which the Hearing Commissioner must consider in order to make his recommendations to the ORC, was released on 11 December 2019 (see below). 

A hearing was held in Dunedin on 18 and 19 December 2019. 


Next steps

  • A request to approve the decision of the Commissioner will be made to Council.
  • Council then gives notice of its decision on the proposal, including its reasons.
  • The appeal period begins on release of the decision and any appeals are to the Environment Court.


Hearing Evidence


View and download documents

Section 42A report - Plan Change 6AA

Public Notice Proposed Plan Change 6AA

Proposed Plan Change 6AA

Section 32 Evaluation Report – Proposed Plan Change 6AA

Summary of decisions requested incorporating further submissions

Submissions to Plan Change 6AA

Further submissions

Hearing timetable

Copies of the above documents are also available directly from ORC.

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