Water plan near fruition

Last updated 13:00 17/02/2014

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The contentious Waimea Water Management Plan process has nearly run its course with the Tasman District Council adopting changes to its Tasman Resource Management Plan as recommended by the independent commissioners.

The plan changes have been driven by the requirement that the council address allocation limits on the Waimea River as the current interim water management plan runs its course.

The new plan's proposed options include building the $42 million Lee Valley Community Dam or the status quo of no dam. The council has warned permitted users would face significant cuts to their allocations if the dam was not built.

The council will advertise the changes on March 8 and hold a public meeting on March 13.

Council spokesman Chris Choat said existing submitters to the plan have 30 days to appeal the recommendations from when they were advertised.

If no appeals were lodged within that period then the plan would take legal affect, he said.

Summaries of what the changes mean and their impacts will be available to those attending the public meeting which will be held between 7.30 and 9pm at Appleby School.

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