Communities in Central Hawke’s Bay will have an opportunity to have their say on the way businesses and industry are charged for disposing trade waste into the district’s wastewater networks.
Other issues residents will be asked for views on include the importance of water meters as a tool to monitor network performance; and whether the council should introduce a policy for all new build homes to have a water tank that captures roof water.
These issues and more all form part of the council’s review of its three waters bylaws which cover proposals relating to water supply, wastewater, trade waste and stormwater management. The new bylaws will inform how the council approaches asset management and durable infrastructure practices to support our sustainable water demand management plan and wastewater strategy.
The four bylaws under review are:
Mayor of Central Hawke’s Bay, Alex Walker says: “The solutions for our wastewater treatment system does not just lie with residents and ratepayers. Our industries are also core beneficiaries from our infrastructure and it is crucial that their role is clearly defined. I am pleased that the Trade Waste bylaw has been reviewed in time to sit alongside such an important Long Term Plan for the district as I want ratepayers to know that we are looking closely at all parts of the system – not just debt and rates increases.”
“More than many parts of New Zealand, Central Hawke’s Bay truly understands how vital water is to the place we live, work and play in. Many many people around the district have spoken to us about the logic of requiring new urban homes to have tanks – building resilience just like our rural communities do”, says Mayor of Central Hawke’s Bay, Alex Walker.
From 1 March the draft replacement Stormwater, Wastewater and Water Supply bylaws will be available on the council website at www.chbdc.govt.nz and available for free inspection at the Central Hawke's Bay District Council, 28/32 Ruataniwha Street, Waipawa 4210. Residents and industry will be able to make paper or online submissions from 1 March 2021. The Trade Waste Bylaw can be viewed online now, with submissions accepted until April 12, 2021.
Notes to the editor:
The review takes place at the same time as the district’s Long Term Plan 2021-2031 (LTP) community consultation (from 1 to 31 March) giving residents an opportunity to consider the long term impacts of the bylaws in relation to proposals made in the Long Term Plan. The feedback Council receives will help develop an integrated approach to three waters management in the District.
Council bylaws and policies are a set of rules or regulations that are created to control specific activities within our District. Most bylaws, including those now subject to review, are made under the Local Government Act 2002. Legislation requires councils to review a bylaw five years after it is made, and then every 10 years after that.
In 2020, Council initiated a consolidated review of the 2018 Part 07: Drinking Water Bylaw, 2018 Part 21: Stormwater Bylaw, 2018 Part 22: Wastewater Bylaw and the 2018 Part 23: Trade Waste Bylaw and Appendices. The review revealed that these bylaws need to be refreshed to ensure they reflect the environmental and infrastructural demands of our time.
5 March 2021
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