Proposed Water Permits Plan Change (Plan Change 7)

Otago Regional Council (ORC) is proposing a plan change to the Regional Plan: Water for Otago to propose an objective, policies and rules that manage the replacement of deemed permits with water permits and the replacement of expiring water permits. The Plan Change will facilitate the transition from the Regional Plan: Water for Otago to a new “fit for purpose” Regional Land and Water Plan.

Proposed Water Permits Plan Change (Plan Change 7) is the second of three 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, by 31 December 2025.

Q&A about the Water Permits Plan Change.



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Notification and submissions

Update: In acknowledgement of the pressures of Covid-19 being felt throughout the community, ORC’s Chief Executive Sarah Gardner has extended the submission period for the Water Permits Plan Change to the 4 May, 2020. Read the media release.

Proposed Water Permits Plan Change (Plan Change 7) was notified by ORC on 18 March 2020, and the period for submissions closes 5pm Monday 4 May 2020.

You can submit online or in writing to the ORC. Your submission must be in the prescribed form (below) and must state whether you wish to be heard in support of your submission.

Make a submission, or request hard copies of any Proposed Water Permits Plan Change documents:

Otago Regional Council
Private Bag 1954
Dunedin 9054

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