Council silent on ECan governance
The Timaru District Council looks unlikely to make a submission on the bill required to extend the Environment Canterbury commissioners' term until 2016.
When ECan councillors were sacked and replaced by commissioners in 2010 their appointment was for three years, with the intention being that elections would be held in 2013. The Government now proposes extending their governance arrangement through until the 2016 elections.
The bill requires the Minister of Local Government to begin a review of ECan's governance on March 1, 2014. That review will include ECan's governance structure, membership, and its powers and functions in relation to resource management issues.
The district council's policy and development committee discussed the matter this week and opted not to make a submission on the bill although councillors can make personal submissions.
Submissions close on October 23.
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