One Plan delays will impact elections - Guy

23:00, Dec 11 2012

A regional councillor has expressed frustration at the time it is taking for legal challenges against the One Plan to be resolved.

Cr Murray Guy was speaking at a meeting of the Horizons Regional Council strategy and policy committee yesterday.

The committee had been given an update on the progress of appeals against the One Plan.

Horticulture NZ, supported by Federated Farmers, wants to rehear the One Plan, with Environment Court Judge Craig Thompson setting out a timetable for the handling of the challenge.

A date is yet to be set but is not expected to take place until April or May.

"It's quite disappointing that it's going to take quite a few more months to have a hearing," Cr Guy said.

"I guess we have to live with that."One P

Cr Guy said as the case dragged on it would affect regional councillors standing for re-election in next year's local body elections.

The One Plan was the subject of a ruling in September that would result in limits being imposed on the nutrients that could run off farms in some areas. It was nine years in the making and was seen as setting a precedent.


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