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1.2.5 Implementation Methods

In addition to specific rules and implementation methods identified in the resource based modules of the Plan, Waikato Regional Council will implement the following process based methods to achieve the objectives of this chapter: Monitoring of Permitted Activities

Monitoring of permitted activities will be undertaken by:

  1. complaints monitoring, and either
  2. audits of a statistically significant number of resource users in particular parts of the Region, or
  3. focused investigations into the adverse effects of particular activities permitted by the Plan. Good Practice Guides

Produce and regularly review, on a prioritised basis, a range of good practice guides for resource users to outline how to comply with activity rules in the Plan. Environmental Education

Develop, implement and regularly review an environmental education strategy that prioritises the programmes identified in this Plan. Economic Incentives

Develop, implement and regularly review a strategy that prioritises economic incentive methods in the Plan. Assessment Criteria

Provide assessment criteria to be used when deciding on resource consents and specify the information likely to be necessary for the consents process. Principles of Good Consultation

Promote the adoption by consent applicants and potentially affected parties of the following elements of good consultation:

  1. consulting at an early stage in the development of the proposal
  2. genuinely listening to alternative points of view
  3. being prepared to amend proposals, where practicable, in response to concerns raised
  4. providing sufficient time for consultation
  5. providing adequate information to enable the consultee to make an informed response to the proposal
  6. providing further information or time following consultation for the consultees to consider their response (that is, not expecting an instant response)
  7. responsible participation and responses from the parties consulted with.

Explanation and Principal Reasons for Adopting Methods to
The monitoring of permitted activities outlined in Method is necessary to ensure that when giving effect to Policies 1 and 2, Council has set the thresholds in the permitted and controlled activity rules appropriately and is using the most effective and efficient available means to manage environmental issues. As such, this method flows directly from Policy 4. The methods of monitoring for permitted activities identified here are the most cost effective for both Waikato Regional Council and resource users. It is expected that costs of implementation can be minimised as the person undertaking an activity permitted by rules in the Plan should be able to prove that they comply with the conditions specified in the rule at any time. This is consistent with the concept of self monitoring that is promoted by some sectors. The results of these monitoring techniques will be used to review the appropriateness and necessity of the permitted activity rules, and if necessary amend the rules.

The methods relating to good practice guides, environmental education and economic incentives act together to provide certainty and clarity for resource users regarding the main types of non-regulatory methods to be used in this Plan. The methods support the use of a mixture of regulatory and non-regulatory methods anticipated by Policy 3. A number of the methods indicate that Waikato Regional Council will not be able to move forward on all issues at once, but through prioritisation processes involved in the development of strategic and annual plans will progressively implement the methods. This again provides clarity to resource users and the community so that unrealistic expectations are not generated.

The types of economic incentives that could be provided for by the strategies in Method may include subsidising works and waiving consent fees and charges for projects that are consistent with the aim of the economic incentive funds.

Method is necessary to provide absolute certainty to Plan users that the policies and information requirements of this Plan fulfil the function of assessment criteria and should be referred to as a starting point when preparing consent applications.

Method identifies that consultation processes are critical to the successful implementation of this Plan. While the Plan can make some difference to resource users costs by reducing the burden of the consent process, the exercise of genuine consultation by all parties to the consent process represents an equally significant source of costs. The promotion, by Waikato Regional Council of genuine consultation between all parties will help to reduce these costs.

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