Consent Applications of Interest
This list is provided for public information purposes only. Applications on this list have been formally lodged with Council but have not been assessed for notification or any decisions. Inclusion on this list does not constitute any position on notification or the merits of the application .
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401 Racecourse Road, Te Awamutu
|Global Contracting Solution
|401 Racecourse Road, Te Awamutu
This application has been moved to the notified consents page here: Publicly Notified Consent.
599 Oreipunga Road, Horahora
|Beacon Hill Contracting Limited
|599 Oreipunga Road, Horahora
|On hold as at 14/06/2023 - awaiting further information
Landuse consent authorise sand quarrying activities. In particular, land use consent for a Discretionary Activity for the establishment and operation of a mineral extraction activity (sand quarry) and all ancillary activities including:
- associated works within the River and Lake Environs Policy Area;
- the use of a vehicle entrance that does not comply with vehicle entrance separation from Intersections and other vehicle entrances; and
- the use of unsealed on-site parking, loading and access areas.
151 and 1/151 Maungatautari Road, Cambridge
|Arvida Group Limited
|151 and 1/151 Maungatautari Road, Cambridge
|On hold as at 23/05/2023 - awaiting further information
Establish and operate a retirement village providing options ranging from independent living through to low level aged care services in the form of serviced apartments.
77 Newcombe Road, Cambridge
|RS Sand Limited
|77 Newcombe Road, Cambridge
|On hold as at 19/06/2023 - awaiting further information
Establish and operate a mineral extraction activity (sand quarry)
- Application received for processing 18 May 2023.
- Independent planning consultant appointed to process for Council.
- Independent commissioner appointed to determine the application.
Appendix A & B - Application Forms and Legal Documents
Appendix C - Site and Staging Plans
Appendix D - Draft Quarry Management Plan
Appendix E - Draft ESC Drawings (Rev A)
Appendix F - Rules Assessment
Appendix G - Transpower Written Approval
Appendix H, I, K - Landscape, Noise and Transportation Assessments
Appendix J - Air Quality Assessment
Appendix L - Ecology Report
Appendix M, N1 & N2 - Hydrology and Groundwater Assessments
Appendix O - Draft ECS Plan
Appendix P - Geotechnical Assessment
Appendix Q & R - Cultural and Archaeological Assessments
Assessment of Environmental Effects
Information Request for Section 92
Frequently asked questions Newcombe Road Quarry
All commercial quarries, as defined in the Waipā District Plan, need a resource consent to operate.
In addition, the proposed quarry does not comply with other District Plan rules including the amount of room allowed for vehicles at the entrance, and requirements to seal a parking area. The application does not comply with rules relating to earthworks and vegetation removal proposed within 23m of a nearby stream.
Separate resource consent applications have also been made to the Waikato Regional Council. These relate to a proposed groundwater take, discharge of water to Karapiro Stream, soil disturbance and for a large scale overburden disposal. An air discharge resource consent has not been applied for.
Excerpt taken from the Application: “RS Sand proposes to establish and operate a sand quarry at 77 Newcombe Road, Cambridge. The quarry is proposed to extract up to 400,000 tonnes of sand per year (depending on demand) for approximately 25 years from the western portion of the site.
The quarry is made up of a 23 hectare pit area towards the western boundary and a 4 hectare plant area (for processing and stockpiling) to the east of the pit.
Excavations of the pit area will begin 10-15m from the Karapiro Stream and move south towards Newcombe Road. The stages are approximately 120m wide and will excavate approximately 35m below the existing ground level of the existing terrace. The bottom of the pit area will be approximately 10m above the level of the Karapiro Stream bank. An internal pit road will link the pit and plant areas.
Access from Newcombe Road to the quarry will be provided via a new vehicle crossing approximately 150m to the west of the site’s existing access and 660m from the Newcombe Road – Tirau Road intersection.
For Stages 1–4 (Years 1–20.2), a 20m wide internal road will be constructed from the new vehicle crossing to the plant area. The road will initially be positioned over Stage 5 and along the existing fence line to limit the impact on the existing dairy farm and dwelling on the Site. For Stage 5 (Years 20.2–25), the internal road will be moved south to provide access to the sand beneath Stage 5.
The quarry is proposed to operate for up to 50 weeks of the year on the following basis:
- Monday to Friday – 7:00am and 5:00pm.
- Saturday – 7:00am and 12:00pm.
- Sunday and public holidays – Closed.
A 30-50 tonne excavator will be used to extract sand from the pit area, while 30-40 tonne articulated dump trucks will
transport the sand to the plant area via the internal pit road.”
There is no legal obligation under the Resource Management Act (RMA) for an applicant to consult with any party prior to an application. In this case the applicant consulted with neighbouring parties and iwi prior to lodging the application with Council. Council’s role now is to process and audit the application and decide whether to grant or decline.
Legally we cannot. Unless an activity is classified as ‘prohibited’ any person is entitled to apply for a resource consent. Council then has a legal obligation to assess the application against the Resource Management Act framework.
In this case the proposed activities are not prohibited, so Council has a legal obligation to process the application if it meets certain minimum requirements. These requirements have all been met and the application has been accepted for processing.
Todd Whittaker of Planning Works Ltd
An independent Commissioner, Rob van Voorthuysen has already been appointed to make the notification decision (the decision as to whether or not it will be a publicly notified process). If the application is notified, one elected Waipā District councillor and one independent commissioner with traffic expertise will be appointed. Together, those three commissioners will comprise the hearing panel which will hear submissions and make the final decision.
Council wanted to be sure all parties were confident of an independent and fair process. Council staff made the decision to engage both an independent consultant to process and make recommendations, and an independent commissioner to make decisions.
The appointment of an independent planner and commissioner is not unusual. It reassures all parties of an independent process, recommendations, and decision.
By law, we cannot do that. The decision to notify must follow a legally prescribed process under the Resource Management Act.
The notification decision will either be made by senior staff under their delegated authority or the Independent Commissioner, depending on the planner recommendations.
The basis for notification follows a prescribed process and assessment under the Resource Management Act. ’Public interest‘ is not a specified consideration that council can consider, however the Council can take into account ’special circumstances‘. These circumstances must be carefully and fully set out.
The application has identified at least one neighbour who is potentially affected and who has not provided written approval.
That’s not yet been decided.
Accounting for further information needed and procedural matters, a decision on notification is expected in the last quarter of 2023. The timeframe will depend entirely on the notification decision, and whether there is a combined hearing with the Waikato Regional Council.
If the application is publicly notified, anyone can make a submission and a submitter can present their submission at a hearing for it to be considered by the commissioners.
If the application is confirmed as notified to a certain party or parties (limited notification) only this party or these parties can provide a submission.
Regardless of the notification decision, we will continue to provide updates here on our website .