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Submissions closed on 31 January 2019.
Overall Hauraki District Council received 220 submissions, of which 57 were in support and 157 were opposed to the proposal. Waikato Regional Council submissions totalled 143, with 42 in support and 96 opposed to the proposal. 11 submissions were neutral.
The next steps in the process are now being finalised but will include some pre-hearing meetings to try to reach some agreement and narrow down the issues to be heard at a later hearing. The pre-hearing meetings are expected to start in July 2019. The hearing itself is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of this year and will give submitters the opportunity to present their views verbally to independent commissioners who will be appointed by both councils to make a decision on the proposal.
The applicant had also applied for direct referral to the Environment Court but has now decided to withdraw from that option. As a result should the application proceed to a hearing the decision would be made by Council appointed commissioners.
Kaimai Wind Farm Limited has lodged resource consent applications with Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council to establish and operate a 24 turbine wind farm on the north western area of the Kaimai Ranges, south of Paeroa. The application site covers 771 and 604 Rotokohu Road and 6356 SH26 ( 1304 hectares).
The resource consent applications to the Hauraki District Council are to authorise all land use activities associated with construction, operation, maintenance of 24 large scale turbines and associated structures include a substation, 2 lattice transmission towers, 2 overhead lines and up to 19 km of roads.
The resource consent applications to the Waikato Regional Council are to authorise specific aspects of land use removal of vegetation, construction earthworks, to permit the discharge of surplus soil and surface water associated with the construction phase of the project and culvert upgrades.
Full details on the proposal and applications are available on Hauraki District Council's website. This includes the applicants assessment of environmental effects, technical assessments and Councils s92(1) further information requests, and the applicants response to those.