Councils are expected to give effect to national and regional policy through the District Plan including the National Policy Statement on Electricity Transmission, the National Environment Standard for Telecommunication Facilities, the National Environment Standard for Electricity Transmission Activities and the National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation 2011.
► The District Plan needs to be updated to give effect to national and regional direction and industry best practice particularly around renewable energy.
► Limited catchment planning and stormwater management.
► The District Plan needs to implement new standards for wastewater, water, and infrastructure and low impact design.
► Infrastructure has not always been planned and integrated to achieve sustainable outcomes.
► Poor linkage between where development is located and what infrastructure will be needed in the future eg. water, roading, wastewater, stormwater.
► Energy, infrastructure and transport are all key contributors to a functioning district and its land uses. Each needs to be provided for while managing effects.
DRAFT RESPONSES TO KEY ISSUES
► Consideration of low-impact design, integrated stormwater design with natural land features and better recognition of long-term environmental impacts.
► Provide a more integrated response to providing infrastructure to achieve environmental and social outcomes.
► Encourage and provide for small-scale and community-scale renewable electricity generation, and associated investigations (including wind generation, hydro generators and solar panels) while ensuring where practical adverse effects on visual, amenity and the character of an area are minimised including that of any surrounding residential activities.
► Focus large-scale energy generation and associated activities (at a regional scale) in the Rural General or Industrial Zones while ensuring there is no adverse effects on the amenity of the immediate area.