Otago Regional Council Plan Changes

The Otago Regional Council Water Permits Plan Change and Omnibus Plan Change have been called in as proposals of national significance.

On 8 April 2020, in response to requests from the Otago Regional Council (ORC), the Minister for the Environment issued two directions under section 142(2) of the Resource Management Act (RMA) to refer the following plan changes to the Environment Court for decision:

  • Water Permits Plan Change – Water Plan Change 7 (WPPC)
  • Omnibus Plan Change – Water Plan Change 8 and Waste Plan Change 1

The plan changes are interim measures proposed by ORC to improve water quality in the Otago Region while ORC works on a new Land and Water Regional Plan. The new Regional Plan is expected to be in operation towards the end of 2025. 

We notified the plan changes on Monday 6 July 2020. 

Latest update: 17 September 2020

Call for further submissions

The summary of submissions and all submissions on the Water Permits Plan Change and Omnibus Plan Change are now available to view.

If you are eligible, you can make a further submission, in support of, or in opposition to a submission made on the plan changes.

You have ten working days from Friday 18 September 2020 to make a further submission. Further submissions must be made on the prescribed form and received at the EPA by 5pm, Friday 2 October 2020.

View the full submissions, public notice on the summary of submissions, and how to make a further submission on the WPPC 

View the full submissions, public notice on the summary of submissions, and how to make a further submission on the Omnibus Plan Change 

Water Permits Plan Change - Plan Change 7 (WPPC)

The Water Permits Plan Change (WPPC) proposes to add a new chapter to the Regional Plan: Water for Otago.

Submissions and further submissions on the Water Permits Plan Change

This page has information about submissions, including how to make a further submission.

Omnibus Plan Change - Plan Change 8 and Plan Change 1

These plan changes introduce a range of amendments targeting specific issues or activities known to be contributing to water quality issues in parts of Otago.

Submissions and further submissions on the Omnibus Plan Change

This page has information about the submissions, including about how to make a further submission.

Contact the ORC project team

Feel free to contact us if you have any queries about the Otago Regional Council plan changes or the notification and submission process.

Previous updates

Read previous web updates on the Otago Regional Council Plan Changes.