Buller District Council

Current Consultations

2017/2018 Draft Annual Plan Consultation

The consultation period for the Draft Annual Plan is now closed and the following submissions have been received:

Submissions Received for 2017/2018 Draft Annual Plan (23.3Mb)

Submissions can also be viewed at Council offices and libraries in Westport and Reefton, or by contacting Mary Wilson (03) 788-9618 or mary@bdc.govt.nz.

Submissions will be heard on Tuesday 30 May, after which time Councillors will consider all submissions and decide on any changes required to the Draft Annual Plan.

Council’s final 2017/2018 Annual Plan will be adopted on Wednesday 28 June, and all submitters will receive a response to their feedback after this time.

 


 Previous consultations

STEVENSON MINING LIMITED’S RESOURCE CONSENT APPLICATIONS FOR ITS TE KUHA MINE PROJECT, WESTPORT – PUBLIC NOTIFICATION

Please click the link below to obtain the necessary information for you to make a submission on any of the resource consent applications, lodged by Stevenson Mining Ltd for its Te Kuha Mine Project (Te Kuha), Westport, that were publicly notified on 19 April 2017.

www.wcrc.govt.nz/TeKuha-Mine

PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION CONCERNING RESOURCE CONSENT RC160049

Section 95C Resource Management Act 1991

Buller District Council has received an application from Stuart Keith Hedges for a land use resource consent.

The application is for consent to run a commercial jet boating operation on the Karamea River, and associated signage.  Access to the launch site would be via 74-82 Waverley Street.  The operating limit of the activity can be viewed on the plan included in the application and is approximately from the mouth of the Karamea River to the point where Virgin Creek meets the Karamea River.  The maximum number of jet boat trips per day would be four, with the activity operating up to seven days per week.  Signage would be placed at the launch site and outside 74-82 Waverley Street and 78 Bridge Street.

The application includes an assessment of environmental effects.  The application may be inspected at the Council’s Westport office or by  clicking here.  Please contact Jacob Neaves – Planner on (03) 788 9111 if you have any questions about the application.

Any person may make a submission on the application, but a person who is a trade competitor of the applicant may do so only if that person is directly affected by an effect of the activity to which the application relates that—

(a)  adversely affects the environment; and

(b)  does not relate to trade competition or the effects of trade competition.

You may make a submission by sending a written submission to Buller District Council, PO Box 21, Westport 7866; or planning@bdc.govt.nz.  The submission must be on Form 13.  A copy of this form is available from the Council office or on Council’s website.

Submissions close on 2 February 2017.

You must serve a copy of your submission on Stuart Keith Hedges (the applicant), whose address for service is 904 Motueka River West Bank Road, RD 1, Motueka 7196, as soon as reasonably practicable after serving your submission on the Council.

REQUEST FOR ACCESS ARRANGEMENT

Rangitira Developments Limited (RDL) has served notice of their intention to obtain an access arrangement under the Crown Minerals Act 1991 on the Buller District Council (the Council), in relation to the proposed Te Kuha coal mine near Westport.

RDL wish to construct a mine haul road and undertake opencast mining activities on part of Section 17 Block II Ohika Survey District and part of Section 14 Block VIII Kawatiri Survey District.  This is part of a Water Conservation Reserve administered by the Council.   Additional information is available by clicking this link

Before making its decision on the request, the Council would like to give members of the public the opportunity to put forward their views and preferences on this matter.

Written views and preferences will be accepted by the Council until 4.30pm on Friday 16 September 2016.  These can be made online by clicking this link

Alternatively they can be emailed to consultation@bdc.govt.nz , delivered to Council’s Westport office  6-8 Brougham Street, or sent to Buller District Council, PO Box 21, Westport 7866.

The Council is intending to make its decision on the request at its meeting of 28 September 2016.

Buller District Plan Review

The Council is carrying out a rolling review of the Buller District Plan and has publicly notified proposed District Plan Changes 133 – 145.

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Please click here to view proposed District Plan Changes 133 – 145

Requirement to alter Designation

Sections 95A, 168, 168A and 181 Resource Management Act 1991

The Buller District Council has given a notice of requirement to alter Designation #132 in the Buller District Plan, being a community facility known as the Solid Energy Centre, Westport (the NoR).

The NoR includes extending the operating hours for the indoor and outdoor facilities at the Solid Energy Centre, amending the noise limits for outdoor activities to reflect the extended hours, removing conditions relating to the construction of the Solid Energy Centre and technical amendments to wording.

The NoR may be inspected at Buller District Council Offices in Westport and Reefton, Buller libraries, the Karamea Information and Resource Centre, the Buller Bay Information and Resource Centre and the Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre & i-SITE, and on Council’s website, www.bullerdc.govt.nz Copies may be obtained from Council offices and the website.

Any person may make a submission on the NoR.  You may do so by sending a written submission to Buller District Council, PO Box 21, Westport 7866, delivering it to the Council office, 6-8 Brougham Street Westport or emailing it to theplan@bdc.govt.nz

The submission must be in Form 21 and must state whether or not you wish to be heard in support of your submission.  Copies of Form 21 are available from the above locations.   See links below for relevant documents.

Class 4 gambling Application from the Southern Trust for Westport Motor Hotel

Council has received an application from the Southern Trust to establish a class 4 gambling (‘pokie machine’) venue at the Westport Motor Hotel.

The application is to place nine machines at the venue.

This application is now open for public submissions. Written submissions will be received by Council until Tuesday 8 September 2015. Those submitters who wish to will be given the opportunity to speak in support of their submission at the Council hearing on this application.

The application can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

 
You can make a submission by clicking here, or by collecting a submission form from Council’s Westport office or the Sue Thomson Casey Memorial Library, completing it and returning it to Council’s Westport office or posting it to Buller District Council, PO Box 21, Westport 7866.
 

Proposal to revoke 9201.28 Buller District Council Speed Limits Bylaw 2008 and replace it with the Proposed Buller District Council Speed Limits Bylaw 2015

At its meeting of 30 June 2015 Council resolved to undertake the special consultative procedure, as outlined in the Local Government Act 2002, for the proposal to revoke 9201.28 Buller District Council Speed Limits Bylaw 2008 and replace it with the Proposed Buller District Council Speed Limits Bylaw 2015.

A Statement of Proposal, including a draft of the Proposed Buller District Council Speed Limits Bylaw 2015,  can be downloaded below.

It is also available to view at the following locations:

  • Karamea Information and Resource Centre
  • Buller Bay Information and Resource Centre
  • Buller District Council Office, Westport
  • Sue Thomson Casey Memorial Library
  • Buller District Council Reefton Service Centre
  • Paparoa National Park i-SITE Visitor Centre

Views on the proposal may be provided to Council initially by way of written submissions.

Written submissions will received by Council during the period 10 July 2015 to 14 August 2015 inclusive.

Written submissions can be made online by clicking here.

Written submissions can also be made on a submission form collected from the above locations. Once completed submission forms can be:

  • Posted to Buller District Council, PO Box 21, Westport 7866
  • Delivered to Council’s Westport or Reefton office
  • Faxed to (03) 788 8041

Submitters will be provided with an opportunity to speak in support of their submission at a meeting of the full Council.

Submitters who wish to take this opportunity will be allocated 10 minutes speaking time at the meeting to address Council. Time will be allowed for Council to ask the submitter any questions.

Those submitters who indicate on their written submission that they wish to be heard by Council will be contacted with details of the meeting at which submitters will be heard.

The meeting will be open to the public and anyone may attend. The date, time and venue for the meeting will be publicly advertised.

Reefton Community Centre

The Reefton Community Centre theatre/cinema, sports hall/gymnasium recently underwent a survey to determine their earthquake risk and fire protection – and were found to be in need of upgrading.

While this is Council’s responsibility, the Inangahua Community Board has been asked to make a recommendation on the future use of these buildings. We need your help to review the options we have come up with, and provide feedback.

Please click the link below to see the options for the Community Centre.

Please give us your feedback to help guide the Community Board’s recommendation to the full Council.

Paper copies of this document are also available at various businesses/shops in the Reefton area including the Reefton Service Centre.

Proposed changes to the Buller District Council Speed Bylaw

Council is proposing to amend the Buller District Council Speed Bylaw to lower the speed limits applying to Powerhouse, Alma and McPadden Roads and Lakeside Terrace from 100km/hour to 80km/hour (the proposal). Additional information about the proposal can be found by clicking the links below.

Statement of Proposal – containing a draft of the proposed amendments to the Bylaw, two maps titled “Speed Restriction Powerhouse Road” and “Speed Restriction Alma and McPadden Roads” indicating the extent of the proposed restrictions and two reports titled “Review of Speed Limits Powerhouse Road, Alma Road and McPadden Road” which outline the reasons for the proposal.

Council has resolved to undertake consultation on the Proposal in accordance with the special consultative procedure in the Local Government Act 2002 and the requirements of the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2003.

Anyone may make a submission on the proposed changes to the Bylaw. Submissions on the proposal must be received by Council during the submission period which opens 12 May 2014 and closes at 4.30pm on 16 June 2014. Submissions can be:

Oral submissions will be heard at a meeting of the full Council as soon as practically possible after the written submission period has closed. If you wish to present your submission at the hearing, please make this clear in your written submission.

2014/2015 Draft Annual Plan

Council’s 2014/2015 Draft Annual Plan is now open for consultation. The Councillors approved the Draft plan at their Council meeting on 26 March 2014.

Submissions will be received until 4.30pm Friday 2 May 2014.

A roadshow is planned where the Mayor and Chief Executive will host meetings around the district to explain key aspects of the Draft Annual Plan. Those attending have the opportunity to ask any questions they have regarding the Plan. All are welcome to attend any of these roadshow meetings. They will be held:

Reefton8 April 20146.30pmSt Johns
Punakaiki9 April 20147pmVenue to be confirmed
Karamea15 April 20147pmLast Resort
Westport16 April 20147pmNBS Theatre

Please see below for the full 2014/2015 Draft Annual Plan and submission form. This information is also available from the Sue Thomson Casey Memorial Library, Reefton Branch Library and Karamea Information and Resource Centre.

 
For further information on any of the submissions received, please email us with details of submissions requested.

Reefton Skate Park Lighting

At the November 2013 meeting the ICB resolved to put the issue of lighting at the Reefton skate park out for full community consultation and to receive community submissions and if necessary hold hearings involving those that wish to speak to their submissions. Consultation is now open.

At the end of this process the ICB will make a decision on the use of lighting at the Reefton skate park.

Please see below for the full report on this matter, prepared by Deputy Mayor Graeme Neylon and the submission form.

Reefton Skate Park Lighting Report (91Kb)
Submission form – Reefton skate park lighting (56Kb)
Submissions will be accepted until 4pm on Monday 10 February 2014. Submission forms can be submitted to the Reefton Service Centre or emailed or posted to details provided in the submission form.

Buller District Council Draft Local Alcohol Policy

The Buller District Council is proposing to adopt a Local Alcohol Policy under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and in accordance with the special consultative procedure in the Local Government Act 2002.

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act) has the following objects:

(a) the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol should be undertaken safely and responsibly; and

(b) the harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol should be minimised.

The Act allows territorial authorities to make a local alcohol policy (LAP). The LAP is a set of policies, made by the Council in consultation with its community, about the sale and supply of alcohol in its geographical area. Once a LAP comes into force, the Council’s District Licensing Committee and the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority must have regard to the policy when they make decisions on licence applications.

A statement of proposal, being the Buller District Council Draft Local Alcohol Policy, was included on the agenda of the Buller District Council’s meeting of 27 November 2013. The Council Report and supporting information can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. Included in this information are reports prepared by the Medical Officer of Health and the Police outlining the nature and severity of alcohol-related problems currently arising in Buller. These reports may be downloaded separately below.

Council report – adoption of Draft LAP – Nov 2013 (64Kb)
Council report – supporting information (20.8Mb)
Medical Officer of Health Report (3.6Mb)
Police Report (932Kb)

The Draft Local Alcohol Policy proposes to set maximum trading hours for licensed premises, prohibit the issue of further off-licences for stand-alone bottle stores and allow for various discretionary licence conditions with the aim of reducing alcohol related harm.

The statement of proposal containing the Draft Local Alcohol Policy, a summary of information and the submission form can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. They are also available for inspection and may be obtained from the offices of the Buller District Council in Westport and Reefton, the Sue Thomson Casey Memorial Library, the Karamea Information and Resource Centre and the Paparoa National Park i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Statement of proposal – BDC Draft LAP (157Kb)
Summary of Information contained in the statement of proposal – Draft LAP (103Kb)
Submission Form – LAP 2013 (46Kb)

Anyone may make a submission on the Draft Local Alcohol Policy. Written submissions are now being accepted and will be received until 4.30pm on Friday 31 January 2014. Submissions can be made by clicking here.

Alternatively, submissions marked “LAP” can be posted to Buller District Council, PO Box 21, Westport 7866, faxed to (03) 788 8041 or emailed to lap@bdc.govt.nz.

Oral submissions will be heard at a hearing of the full Council as soon as practically possible after the written submission period has closed. If you wish to present your submission at the hearing, please make this clear in your written submission.

Once submissions are heard Council will deliberate and may notify a Provisional Local Alcohol Policy. Only those persons who submitted on the Draft Local Alcohol Policy can later appeal the Provisional Policy. Any appeals will be determined by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority.

Proposed changes to schedules E and H of the Buller Disitrict Council Traffic Bylaw

(NZS 9201:25:2007 Model General Bylaws – Traffic)

Parking time limits are set in Council’s Traffic Bylaw. There are some existing time limits, including 60 minute parking on both sides of Palmerston Street between Henley and Wakefield Streets. Over the years Council has received a number of requests to extend the area of Palmerston Street covered by the Bylaw.

At its May meeting Council decided to consider extending the 60 minute limit to cover both sides of Palmerston Street from Henley to Rintoul Streets and to carry out public consultation on the proposal.

Additional changes to the Bylaw have also been proposed. They include:

  • A “special vehicle lane” outside the Clocktower/ Coaltown/ i-Site
  • A disabled parking area outside the former Buller County Chambers
  • Inclusion of the existing bicycle stands on Palmerston Street in the Bylaw
  • Shifting the location of the pedestrian crossing near the intersection of Palmerston and Lyndhurst Streets by 4m as a result of road improvements
  • Shifting the location of the pedestrian crossing near the intersection of Derby and Cobden Streets by 11m as a result of road improvements

The full Proposal and submission forms are available for inspection and may be obtained from the office of the Buller District Council in Westport and the Sue Thomson Casey Memorial Library. They can also be viewed below.

Submissions on this proposal closed at 4.30pm on Friday 5 July 2013.

 

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