What the papers haven’t told you.
Not for the first time, the local media have failed to report the facts about the Marina application process and the role of the Local Board - that this is a Resource Management Act (RMA) process and the Board has fewer rights than the average submitter.
Despite the fact that Council policy prevents Local Boards from submitting to notified resource consent applications (so they can’t then appeal a decision), the Waiheke Local Board has given thoughtful and comprehensive feedback on the application, in the only way it can - by having its feedback included verbatim in the Reporting Officer’s report.
I don’t believe either paper has printed, or even alluded to, the Board’s concerns about the application.
1. Traffic and parking
2. Access to the marina
4. Construction traffic
6. Public access
7. Waste and waste-water
This feedback formed part of our JULY agenda and minutes but, like a lot of the Board decisions, WAS NEVER REPORTED.
As per usual, this has allowed misinformation to be fed to the public by scare-mongers, political activists and their apologists. The Board’s feedback is an important part of the evidence and will be taken into consideration by the Environment Court. For full feedback follow this link.
Pages 61 and 62
Direct Referral Process – more misinformation
So who jumped to conclusions and decided that going direct to the Environment Court was just a fast-track short-cut? The same people who didn’t know the Direct Referral process existed and that it is designed to prevent two hearings and two lots of costs (for submitters as well as the applicant).
The bid to have a Notice of Motion put to full Council to overturn the Council Hearings Committee’s democratic decision (to apply the Direct Referral process), came to nought. It didn’t even get on the agenda.
Faced with a Hearing run by Council and then, all over again at the Environment Court, submitters wouldn’t be facing a donation of $10 towards hearings costs, they’d be forking out TWO $10 notes - one for the Council process and a further $10 for the Environment Court, where it would almost certainly end up anyway. The Ministry for the Environment says the Direct Referral Process is friendly towards submitters. They even get a case manager. Go for it submitters – become a s.274 party and have your say. The Hearings Committee has asked that a hearing meeting be held on Waiheke. That gives everyone a chance. (See attachment).
A letter has gone out to all submitters explaining what happens next.