Water plan change talk in Wanaka today

Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

Otago Regional Council (ORC) is holding a public discussion session on the development of a Water Plan change in Wanaka today (Monday August 7).

The discussion, to be held at the St John Rooms on Link Way at 3.30pm, is part of a series of sessions throughout Otago on the development of the plan change, relating to residual flows.

Otago Regional Council (ORC) director policy, planning and resource management Fraser McRae said that the sessions were being held to provide clarity about the purpose of developing the plan change and who may be affected.

Those most likely to be affected are people or organisations applying for a new surface water permit, or those replacing an expiring surface water permit or deemed permit.

“There are existing Water Plan provisions that relate to residual flows. We are developing the proposed plan change to address the existing uncertainty and lack of flexibility,” Fraser said.

“Through this plan change we aim to provide those with surface water takes certainty by allowing greater flexibility in choosing a measurement site, developing a standard method to calculate a residual flow, and setting a broader list of values for consideration in assessment of the residual flow,” he said.

Public feedback on the change will close at the end of August and the plan change will be formally notified next year.


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