Hawke’s Bay Regional Council: Submissions Deadline Reminder

Press Release – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is reminding interested organisations and members of the public that there are two proposed planning documents currently available for comment that have a deadline looming.1 February 2012

Submissions Deadline Reminder

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is reminding interested organisations and members of the public that there are two proposed planning documents currently available for comment that have a deadline looming.

People can make comments on both the ‘built environment’ Change 4 to the Regional Policy Statement and the Draft Regional Stormwater Strategy until 5 pm Friday 10 February.

“Input from the public and businesses on both of these documents is essential as these set a direction for the future management of urban and infrastructure development proposals in Hawke’s Bay,” said Gavin Ide, Team Leader Policy, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

Change 4 proposes new objectives and policies to guide future urban development in the Heretaunga Plains area from Tangoio in the north to Waimarama in the south. It follows on from the Heretaunga Plans Urban Development Strategy adopted in 2010, with the aim of protecting productive land resources, promoting a ‘compact city’ philosophy and ensuring land development decisions match infrastructure needs.

The draft Stormwater Strategy is intended to provide common direction to improve the coordination between agencies managing rainfall run off.

The draft strategy promotes an integrated catchment approach which means that, within each drainage catchment (such as the Karamu Stream), stormwater, land use, water quality and water quantity will be managed together.

“The draft Stormwater Strategy is another key document needing input from businesses and residents. By contributing your comments about rain fall runoff and management, especially to improve water quality in streams and rivers, it can help get everyone involved ‘on the same page’ and working together for the same outcome,” said Gavin Ide.

Information sheets on both documents and the documents themselves are available on www.hbrc.govt.nz.

Written comments can be emailed to submissions@hbrc.govt.nz (with the document title in the Subject Line) or posted to the Regional Council.

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