Pre-hearing meetings are arranged by us to provide an informal forum for discussion between the resource consent applicant and submitters.
It is not mandatory that a pre-hearing meeting be held. However, we encourage applicants to proceed with a pre-hearing meeting in instances where issues of concern are likely to be resolved or assist in narrowing the matters to be considered at the formal hearing.
If the applicant or submitter(s) do not attend, their views may not have been taken into account.
Pre-hearing meetings are usually held as soon as possible after the closing date for submissions. Timing may vary depending on whether further information from the applicant or further consultation is required. Generally, all parties will receive a letter outlining the date, time and venue for the meeting about two weeks in prior to the meeting.
Whenever possible, the meeting will be held at an appropriate venue as close to the location of the proposed activity as possible, e.g. a local community hall. Often the Civic Centre is the venue of the pre-hearing meeting.
Hearings are run by our Hearing Committee. The committee is made up of councillors, one of whom is the chairperson, and three commissioners chosen for their knowledge in the matter to be considered. Hearings may also be run by independent commissioners.
Although the procedures for a hearing are more formal than at a pre-hearing meeting, we will make the process as comfortable and non-threatening as possible for participants.
A hearing is required if we consider it necessary, or if the applicant or a submitter requests a hearing.
If a proposal requires consents from Taranaki Regional Council as well as us, a joint hearing may be held. A joint hearing enables all relevant consent authorities to hear the same evidence at the same time, rather than parties having to present their information separately. Normally a decision will be made jointly but issued separately.
You can appeal if you don't like the decision or some of the consent conditions.
If your application for a resource consent was not publicly notified, or it was publicly notified but did not receive any submissions, you can either:
If your application did receive submissions, you or any of the submitters can appeal the decision to the Environment Court under Section 121 of the RMA.
An appeal must be lodged with the Environment Court within 15 working days of receiving the notice of the decision. A $55 filing fee must accompany your notice of appeal. Appeals must be lodged with the Registrar of the Environment Court at the following address:
Registrar Environment Court
PO Box 5027
Your notice of appeal should be made on the form available from the Environment Court and state the reasons for the appeal and what it is you are seeking, e.g. for the consent to be declined, or some conditions of the consent to be changed. Within five working days of the appeal being lodged, you must also:
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