Minutes

The purpose of Minute 1 is to outline the procedures for the hearing of submissions on Proposed Waimakariri District Plan (the PDP) and Variations 1 (Housing Intensification) and 2 (Financial Contributions) to the PDP.

If anyone has any questions about this Minute, please contact the Hearings Administrator. The Council has appointed Audrey Benbrook as Hearings Administrator. Audrey's contact details are:
Phone: 0800 965 468
Email: audrey.benbrook@wmk.govt.nz

The purpose of Minute 2 is to:

a. Confirm the appointment of the Independent Hearings Panel to hear submissions on Variation 1
b. Respond to matters raised in respect of our Minute 1 – Procedural Issues
c. Update Minute 1 – Procedural Issues
d. Request the Council to provide information and legal advice regarding the scope of Variation 1 and the applicability of Clause 16B to Variation 1 and invite parties to respond
e. Respond to the appended Council memorandum requesting the deferring of the hearing of the ECO – Ecosystem and Indigenous Biodiversity Chapter.

The purpose of Minute 3 is to:


a. Respond to the Memorandum received from the Waimakariri District Council Hearing Stream 3 Chapter Authors dated 2 May 2023.
b. Put a series of questions to Council s42A report authors in advance of the hearing of submissions in Hearing Streams 1 and 2 commencing

The purpose of Minute 4 is to:
(a) Respond to the Momentum Land Limited memorandum dated 4 May 2023.
(b) Formally request that the Council provides a memorandum to the Hearings Panel on its intended approach to giving effect to the National Policy Statement on Highly Productive Land 2022, which was gazetted after the PDP was notified.
(c) Put a series of questions to Council s42A report authors to respond to in preparing their Reply Reports to the Panel, due by Friday 16th June 2023.
(d) Advise on updates to Minute 1 on procedural matters.

The purpose of Minute 5 is to:


(a) Set out next steps in response to:
 The submitters’ memoranda on the Council’s Variation 1 memorandum
 the Council and submitters memoranda on the Momentum Land Limited memorandum.
(b) Formally request that the Council provides a memorandum to the Hearings Panel on its intended approach to submissions that seek more substantial rezonings.
(c) Request that the Council answers a further question in respect to how it intends to addressing submissions relating to the NPS-HPL.

The purpose of Minute 6 is to:

(a) Formally request that the Council provides a memorandum to the Hearings Panel on its intended approach to giving effect to the National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity, which comes into force on 4th August 2023
(b) Put a series of questions to Council s42A report authors to respond to in preparing their Reply Reports to the Panel, due by 11 August 2023.
(c) Put further questions to Council’s s42A report author on the Strategic Directions chapter.
(d) Provide guidance and make requests to s42A report authors.

The purpose of Minute 7 is to:


(a) Respond to the Council’s updated memorandum on the NPS-HPL and to invite submitters’ responses to the memorandum
(b) Respond to the Council’s request for a consolidated response in respect to Variation, scheduling of hearing of submissions on Airport Noise Contour, bird strike and growth related policies and substantive rezonings.
(c) Put a series of questions to Council s42A report authors for Hearing Stream 3 to respond to in preparing their Reply Reports to the Panel, due by 11 August 2023.

The purpose of Minute 8 is:

(1) The Reply Report for Natural Hazards, which was heard in Hearing Stream 3 was due to be provided on the 18 August 2023. On the same date, the Hearings Panel received a memorandum from the s42A reporting author requesting to provide the Reply Report on 1 September 2023. The memorandum is available on the Council webpage and sets out the reasons for the request for the extension of time.
(2) The Hearings Panel has considered the request and the circumstances, and having done so, provides leave to the s42A reporting author to provide the Reply Report by the date requested.

The purpose of Minute 9 is to:
(a) Set out our response to s42A report authors seeking more time to complete Reply Reports for Hearing Streams 3 and 4.
(b) Respond to the late evidence provided by the Council’s Transport Engineer in respect to the Transport Chapter s42A report heard in Hearing Stream 5, and to set directions to address that late evidence.
(c) Direct expert conferencing arising out of Hearing Streams 4 and 5.
(d) Respond to Council’s memorandum of 18 August 2023, regarding Variation 1, the hearing schedule and other matters, and invite submitters to respond to particular matters in that memorandum no later than 4pm Monday 18 September 2023.
(e) Put a series of questions to Council s42A report authors for Hearing Stream 5 to respond to in preparing their Reply Reports to the Panel, due by 4pm Friday 29 September 2023.

The purpose of Minute 10 is to:
(a) Set out the Hearings Panel’s final directions in respect to rezoning requests.
(b) Respond to Council’s memorandum of 8 September 2023 regarding strategic directions.

The purpose of this Minute is to:
(a) Provide parties with an updated hearing schedule, including details of Panel composition and hearing venue.
(b) Alert parties to an updated conflict of interest register
(c) Respond to the Council memorandum on the National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB) and set out next steps
(d) Respond to Council’s memorandum of 29 September 2023 regarding strategic directions.

The purpose of Minute 12 is to:
(a) Request that the Council provides a memorandum to the Hearings Panel on the impact of the new National Environmental Standard on Commercial Forestry, which comes into effect from 3 November 2023. The memorandum is to be provided by Thursday 30 November 2023.
(b) Put questions to the Council s42A Open Space and Recreation Zone report author to respond to in preparing their Reply Report to the Panel, due by Friday 3 November 2023.
(c) Set out next steps for the Council s42A Rural Zone report author to finalise their response to the Panel’s preliminary questions.
(d) Respond to the memorandum from McAlpines seeking leave to table further legal advice.

The purpose of Minute 13 is to put questions to the Council s42A Rural Zone report author to respond to in preparing their Reply Report to the Panel, due by Friday 15 December 2023.

The purpose of Minute 14 is to respond to the Memorandum of Counsel for Richard and Geoff Spark (Spark Memo) regarding the timetabling of hearing of their submissions on DEV-SER-APP1, dated 21 November 2023.

The purpose of Minute 15 is to respond to the Council memorandum (Council memo) received on 1 December 2023, seeking to move the timing of hearing of submissions on the Industrial Zone in Hearing Stream 9 to immediately after Hearing Stream 8. Hearing stream 8 is scheduled to commence on 17 April 2024.

The purpose of Minute 16 is  to:

(a) raise an issue in respect to TRAN-S1 and Tables TRAN-3 and TRAN-4 on road widths that the Hearings Panel has identified in its preliminary deliberations on the TRAN – Transport Chapter and set out the steps to address and resolve that issue.
(b) respond to the Council memorandum (Council memo) received on 8 December 2023 regarding Strategic Directions and set out next steps.
(c) respond to the Council memo received on 28 November 2023 regarding the NES-CF and set out next steps.

The purpose of Minute 17 is to respond the Memorandum of counsel on behalf of Carter Group Limited and Rolleston Industrial Developments Limited (the Memo), who seek that the IHP direct the Council to produce further information in respect to the “Waimakariri Residential Capacity and Demand Model – IPI 2023 Economic Assessment – Dated 8 December 2023” (Economic Report). The Memo also indicates that the submitters will be seeking a direction for expert conferencing after the Council’s s42A report has been released.

The purpose of Minute 18 is to:
a. Respond to the following Memos which can be found on the Council website:
i. The Memorandum from the Council (the Council memo) seeking that Hearing Stream 7 be relocated to August 2024
ii. the Memorandum of counsel on behalf of the Waimakariri District Council and the Oxford-Ohoka Community Board (the OOCB Memo), who seek clarification whether further submitter evidence is due at the same time as submitter evidence for Hearing Stream 12
iii. The Memorandum of counsel on behalf of Dexin Investments Ltd (the Dexin Memo), who seek further details of the scheduling of Hearing Stream 12.
b. Set out the timing of the provision of s42A reports and submitter and further submitter evidence for Hearing Stream 12
c. Set out the IHP Panel’s intention to direct expert conferencing following the hearing of evidence on Hearing Stream 10A.

The purpose of Minute 19 is:

As of 5pm Wednesday 14th February 2024, the IHP had received no formal requests for leave to cross-examine expert witnesses in respect to the Variation 1 elements of Hearing Stream 10A. Accordingly, there will be no cross-examination occurring during Hearing Stream 10A.

Last reviewed date: 16 Feb 2024