March 29, 2016
Rotorua landowners get say on lake rules
Bay of Plenty Regional Council is giving more time for people to make submissions on new rules aimed at cutting the volume of nutrients leaching into Lake Rotorua.
Many of the farms around the lake are Maori-owned, so the rules will have a long term effect on land use.
Council chair Doug Leeder says the extension was to give landowners, iwi and all interested stakeholders time understand what the plan change will mean for them and make an informed submission.
Only people who make a submission before April 27 will be able to speak at hearings.
The proposed change to the regional plan to implement the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme have been under informal consultation for the past two and a half years.
The formal process kicked off last month when the council publicly notified the rules and sent letters to rural landowners.
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