District-wide matter: Water


District Plan Review consultation now closed.

Initial public consultation on key draft changes to the current Selwyn District Plan closed on Monday 8 October 2018. Thank you to everyone who let us know what they thought of the review so far.

What’s next?

Following this initial public consultation on the District Plan Review, the Council will consider all feedback and start developing detailed provisions for the Proposed District Plan. Please note that a summary report on the initial public consultation will be made available on Your Say Selwyn website at www.selwyn.govt.nz/districtplanreview.

It’s expected the Proposed District Plan will be

District Plan Review consultation now closed.

Initial public consultation on key draft changes to the current Selwyn District Plan closed on Monday 8 October 2018. Thank you to everyone who let us know what they thought of the review so far.

What’s next?

Following this initial public consultation on the District Plan Review, the Council will consider all feedback and start developing detailed provisions for the Proposed District Plan. Please note that a summary report on the initial public consultation will be made available on Your Say Selwyn website at www.selwyn.govt.nz/districtplanreview.

It’s expected the Proposed District Plan will be notified in early 2020 for formal public consultation. The longer timeframe is due to the local government elections at the end of 2019 and ensuring the newly elected Council endorses the Proposed District Plan before it gets notified.


We want to know what you think about the draft changes to water related rules and policies in the current District Plan. These draft changes have been endorsed by the Selwyn District Council for further development as part of its District Plan Review.

How can I have a say?

To give us your feedback on the draft changes , you can:

There will be many consultation opportunities for feedback at different stages of the District Plan Review and this is the first such opportunity. It’s expected that the new District Plan will be notified in early 2020 and be fully in place, subject to any Environment Court appeals, in March 2022.

Background

Water in the current District Plan

Major waterbodies in the Selwyn district include Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, rivers such as the Waikirikiri/Selwyn River, Hororata River and parts of the Hurutini/Halswell River, the Waimakariri and Rakaia Rivers which border the district, and the significant groundwater that underlies the Canterbury Plains.

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) is somewhat ambiguous about the extent to which a District Plan should address water issues.

Most of the management of groundwater and surface water is the responsibility of the regional council, Environment Canterbury. However, the District Plan can help by managing activities near waterbodies to reduce the risk of accidental discharges, and by keeping the protected areas around wells and septic tank discharges within property boundaries when land is subdivided.

Complete survey on draft changes to water related rules