Flood protection and drainage bylaw review

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Bay of Plenty Regional Council is asking for feedback on the 2020 Flood Protection and Drainage Bylaws.

The regulations safeguard flood protection and land drainage assets from damage or misuse.

A statement issued by Regional Council says “the bylaws protect the stopbanks, floodways, pump stations, drains and canals that protect our communities in times of flooding.”

Despite the COVID-19 lockdown, they will continue to consult on the matter due to legislated timeframes.

 “If we don’t put in place new bylaws by June 30 2020, our current 2008 bylaws document will be revoked - meaning these important community assets would have no legal protection and currently there is no statutory way to allow for an extension.

 “If the bylaws are not in place our flood protection and land drainage assets could be at risk.”

Directly affected parties received a letter outlining the review and process for consultation, however there was an error in this letter.

“It stated that the bylaws consultation would be carried out in conjunction with the Annual Plan 2020-2021 consultation. This is no longer the case as Council has decided not to consult on the Annual Plan 2020-2021.”

The statement says it is important the public has a chance to make a submission on the proposed changes to the bylaws.

The Flood Protection and Drainage Bylaws apply to assets owned or managed by Regional Council:

  •   •  drains

  •   •  defences against water

  •   •  erosion protection works

  •   •  floodways

“These assets protect people, property and livelihoods from river flooding and problems associated with a lack of land drainage.

“We’re working hard to let people know about the bylaw review process and to provide opportunities to feedback thoughts to Council.”

Any organisation or member of the public may make a submission on the proposed Flood Protection and Drainage Bylaws 2020.  

For more information, visit this link.

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