TANK Plan Change (PC9)
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council notified the TANK (Plan Change 9) plan change for public consultation in May 2020.
The TANK plan change include rules that manage water quality and quantity for the Tūtaekurī, Ahuriri, Ngaruroro and Karamū (TANK) catchments, that affect how land can be used and limits for the taking of water.
Until the TANK Plan Change becomes operative, both the current operative regional plan and the PC9 rules apply.
HortNZ made a submission on the TANK plan change in August 2020 in the best interests of growers. The key points raised in HortNZ's submission were:
- The importance of water security, including provision of rootstock survival water and enabling ‘reasonable and actual use’. Support for water transfers.
- The need to recognise the importance recognising the importance of the versatile land on the Heretaunga plains, to enable crop rotation and provide for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
- Seeking the ability to use industry programmes such as GAP to deliver on farm plan requirements.