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A moratorium, in this context, is a prohibition on making or granting applications for resource consents for water or discharges. The Council has a power, under the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act 2010 (section 34) to do this, in any catchment in the Canterbury region.
The Hurunui moratorium applied to any activity which involves the taking, use, damming or diverting of surface water or stream depleting groundwater (known as hydraulically connected groundwater) where:
The activities affected are known as ‘specified applications’.
The moratorium applied from 2 August 2010 until 1 October 2011.
The Hurunui moratorium affected:
The moratorium did not affect people continuing to use their existing consents, unless they wanted to make changes to them.
If a consent is due to expire during the time period of a moratorium, you can continue to operate under the same conditions as in the consent for the period of the moratorium.
The Council chose to impose a moratorium in the Hurunui to give some time to get a comprehensive water plan for the catchment completed. At present there are several planning processes occurring around water in the Hurunui, all of which raise similar issues and involve many of the same parties. By placing resource consent processes on hold, the Council hoped that those parties would come together to work with the Council in one process, saving everyone’s time and money, and getting broad solutions rather than processing individual resource consent applications.
Once a moratorium ends, any person who has an existing application with the Council has six months to revise the application, considering the new planning framework. Once the six months has ended, the Council can resume processing these applications and can accept new applications for processing as well.
Environment Canterbury has set up a Hurunui Response Team. Please contact them, through our usual Customer Services number: 0800 ECINFO or 0800 324 636.
Please contact us if you have any questions or if you think you may need a consent or changes to your existing consent during the moratorium period.
We have a range of tools to ensure people can carry on their day-to-day activities involving water takes, uses and diversions.
Disclaimer: This page provides general information on the moratorium on the Hurunui River and its tributaries by the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury). It is not intended to be, and must not be relied upon, as legal advice.
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