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Glossary

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Permitted activity

Permitted activity is defined in the Resource Management Act as: an activity described in section 77B(1). Section 77B(1) in the Resource Management Act is: "If an activity is described in this Act, regulations, or a plan or proposed plan as a permitted activity, a resource consent is not required for the activity if it complies with the standards, terms, or conditions, if any, specified in the plan or proposed plan." Explanation (not part of the definition) No resource consent is required to undertake these activities provided they comply with all standards, terms or conditions specified in the rule.

Person

Person is defined in the Resource Management Act as: includes the Crown, a corporation sole, and also a body of persons, whether corporate or unincorporate.

Planting

The overflow path includes areas adjacent to the river corridor where a large volume of water would flow over a floodplain during a major event. The overflow paths are often areas of land, which lead fast flowing water away from the river corridor and over the floodplain. The depth and speed of floodwater are such that development could sustain major damage. The rise of floodwater may be rapid. Evacuation of people and their possessions would be dangerous and difficult. There may be potential danger to life. Social disruption and financial loss could be high. If an overflow path were blocked this could potentially cause a significant redistribution of flood flows to other areas of the floodplain. Overflow paths are generally not suitable for development, unless adequate flood avoidance and/or mitigation provisions are made.

Plastics

Plastics is defined in the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998 as: including synthetic ropes, synthetic fishing nets, plastic garbage bags, and incinerator ashes from plastic products that may contain toxic or heavy metal residues.

Platform drainage

Platform drainage is defined in the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998 as: the drainage water from the machinery space on an offshore installation, and (a) Includes all water and contaminants from generators, fuel tanks, and pumps; but (b) Does not include any water or contaminant from processing, production, or displacement associated with exploration, drilling, or production activities which are undertaken by the offshore installation.

Port Noise Control Line

Port Noise Control Line is defined in the Regional Coastal Plan as: Means the line at or beyond which the rule controlling the emission of noise from Port Related Activities applies and where the noise from Port Related Activities is monitored.

Port Related Activities

Port Related Activities are defined in the Regional Coastal Plan as: (For the purpose of rules and standards relating to port noise): means activities within the Commercial Port Area, the Lambton Harbour Development Area and on the adjacent land within the district including the berthing, departure and movement of ships, storage and cargo handling, handling of goods and passengers, all activities associated with the movement, storage and handling of cargo and any activities (including construction, maintenance and repair) associated with buildings, machinery and equipment used in connection with the port or its administration. Activities not directly connected to the operation of the port such as office activities, retail activities, and other non-port uses within the Commercial Port Area and the Lambton Harbour Development Area are excluded.

Prohibited activity

Prohibited activity is defined in the Resource Management Act as: an activity described in section 77B(7). In the Resource Management Act section 77B(7) is - "If an activity is described in this Act, regulations, or a plan as a prohibited actictivity, no application may be made for that activity and a resource consent must not be granted for it." Explanation (not part of the definition) An activity described in a rule as being a prohibited activity cannot be undertaken in any circumstances. Any person who wants to do something described in a regional plan rule as a prohibited activity would have to apply to the Council for a Plan Change. Plan changes follow the same procedure of public submission and appeal as plan preparation.

Rail irons

Rail irons are used when constructing debris fences. Rail irons are driven 3-5m apart into the river bed in a series of lines and cables are strung between them. Willows are then planted between the fences.

Reach

A short length of river, usually defined by geographic features such as bridges, a change in the river direction, or change in land-use beside the river.

Residential Activity

Residential Activity is defined in the Regional Coastal Plan as: Means the use of a premises for any domestic or related purpose by persons living in the premises alone or in family and/or non-family groups (whether any person is subject to care, supervision or not).

Residual risk

This is the risk of flooding, despite the protection afforded by flood mitigation structures, due to possible breaches of stopbanks and overtopping by flood events, greater than that for which the structures have been designed.

Restricted coastal activity

Restricted coastal activity is defined in the Resource Management Act as: any discretionary activity or non-complying activity - (a) Which, in accordance with section 68, is stated by a regional coastal plan to be a restricted coastal activity; and (b) For which the Minister of Conservation is the consent authority: Explanation (not part of the definition) An activity described in a rule as being a Restricted Coastal Activity requires a coastal permit. These activities will also be discretionary activities or non-complying activities. Permits for Restricted Coastal Activities are granted or declined by the Minister of Conservation, rather than the regional council.

Restricted discretionary activity

Restricted discretionary activity is defined in the Resource Management Act as: an activity described in section 77B(3). Section 77B(3) of the Resource Management is - "If an activity is described in this Act, regulations, or a plan or proposed plan as a restricted discretionary activity, "(a) a resource consent is required for the activity, and the consent authority has no power to decline that resource consent; and (b) the consent authority must specify in the plan or proposed plan matters over which it has reserved control; and c) the consent authority's powers to decline a resource consent and to impose conditions are restricted to matters that have been specified under paragraph (b); and d) the activity must comply with the standards, terms, or conditions, if any, specified in the plan or proposed plan." Explanation (not part of the definition) When assessing an application for a "restricted discretionary activity" the Council may only consider the matters over which it has retained discretion. If the consent is granted, the Council may only attach conditions to the consent about those same matters.

River

River is defined in the Resource Management Act as: a continually or intermittently flowing body of fresh water; and includes a stream and modified water course; but does not include any artificial watercourse (including an irrigation canal, water supply race, canal for the supply of water for electricity power generation, and farm drainage canal).

River alignment

River alignment involves moving the existing riverbed by retreating one river bank and reclaiming the other.

River corridor

The river corridor comprises the riverbed and adjacent floodway. It is the minimum area able to contain a major flood and enable the water to pass safely to the sea. The outer limit of the river corridor, where not adjacent to a ponding or overflow area, is the extent of a 100-year flood. In areas adjacent to ponding or overflow areas, the boundary between the river corridor and the adjacent area is defined by geographical features that control the flow, or at the point where the flow direction changes from down river to out over the floodplain.

River crossing

River crossing is defined in the Regional Freshwater Plan as: Means any structure for the purpose of crossing a river or steam such as a culvert, weir, ford or bridge. The meaning of river crossing was inserted by decisions on Plan Change 1 to the Regional Freshwater Plan December 2002.

Roading or tracking activities

Roading or Tracking Activities is defined in the Regional Soil Plan as: any earthworks associated with the formation of any new road or track, or the upgrade of any existing road or track. Roading or tracking activities include the formation of skid sites and any access way such as driveways and paths and railway tracks but excludes any tracking undertaken by a mine or quarry operation which either had a currently valid mining license, or was lawfully established, at 26 April 1997 (the date the Regional Soil Plan was publicly notified).

Runoff

The amount of rainfall that ends up as stream flow.

Schedule 4 of the Resource Management (marine pollution) Regulations

Schedule 4 of the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998 is: NORMAL OPERATIONS OF SHIP OR OFFSHORE INSTALLATION 1. Ship propulsion. 2. Heat exchange systems, including engine cooling systems, air conditioning, refrigeration, and condensers. 3. Stormwater drainage from systems and scuppers, except from those areas used for the storage of any harmful substance. 4. The use of washing facilities in the accommodation areas producing greywater from showers, handbasins, baths, galleys, dishwashers, and laundries but does not include use of any dispensary, sick bay, or other medical premises. 5. The cleaning of the ship or offshore installation, except for the exterior of the hull below the load line or parts of the ship used for carrying cargo. 6. The incineration of waste or other matter generated from a ship or offshore installation. 7. Fire-fighting. 8. The operation of a weapon system on any ship of the New Zealand Defence Force.

Segregated ballast water

Segregated ballast water is defined in the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998 as: ballast water and contaminants in a ship's tank where that tank is completely separated from cargo oil and fuel oil systems and is permanently allocated to the carriage of ballast water or cargoes other than oil or noxious liquid substances.

Ship

Ship is defined in the Resource Management Act as "has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994." The Maritime Transport Act 1994 defines "ship" as: every description of boat or craft used in navigation, whether or not it has any means of propulsion; and includes- (a) A barge, lighter, or other like vessel: (b) A hovercraft or other thing deriving full or partial support in the atmosphere from the reaction of air against the surface of the water over which it operates: (c) A submarine or other submersible.

Soil

Soil is defined in the Regional Soil Plan as: a layer of organic and inorganic materials that overlies inorganic materials (either consolidated or unconsolidated), including alluvium and rock fragments weathered from the bedrock. The meaning of soil was substituted for the original meanings by Plan Change 1 to the Regional Soil Plan December 2002.

Soil disturbance

Soil Disturbance is defined in the Regional Soil Plan as: the disturbance of soil by any means, including blading, blasting, contouring, ripping, root-raking, moving, removing excavating, and cutting. Soil disturbance excludes: Soil disturbance as a result of vegetation disturbance activity; Non-motorised soil disturbance activities; Thrusting, boring or trenching or mole ploughing associated with cable or pipe laying; Soil disturbance undertaken by a mine or quarry operation which either had a currently valid mining licence, or was lawfully established, at 26 April 1997 (the date the Regional Soil Plan was publicly notified); Cultivation and grazing; and Foundation works for structures.

Stopbank

Stopbank is defined in the Regional Freshwater Plan as: a structure constructed on a floodplain, or alongside a river, designed to contain flood flows and prevent high river flows flooding onto adjacent land. Stopbanks are included within the meaning of "defence against water". The meaning of stopbank was inserted by decisions on Plan Change 1 to the Regional Freshwater Plan December 2002.

Stormwater

Stormwater is defined in the Regional Freshwater Plan as: Means the water and contaminants from land or the external surface of any structure as a result of rainfall. The meaning of “stormwater” was inserted by decisions on Plan change 1 to the Regional Freshwater Plan December 2002.

Structural measures

Physical measures taken to prevent excessive damage to property and loss of life. Structural measures include gravel management, river alignment, berm and bank-edge protection and building stopbanks.

Subdivision

Subdivision is defined in section 218 of the Resource Management Act as follows. (1) In this Act, the term "subdivision of land" means - (a) The division of an allotment - (i) By an application to a District Land Registrar for the issue of a separate certificate of title for any part of the allotment; or (ii) By the disposition by way of sale or offer for sale of the fee simple to part of the allotment; or (iii) By a lease of part of the allotment which, including renewals, is or could be for 20 years or longer[; unless that part of the allotment is in the coastal marine area, and that lease is allowed for a term of 20 years or longer by a coastal permit or by a rule in a regional coastal plan; or] (iv) By the grant of a company lease or cross lease in respect of any part of the allotment; or (v) By [the deposit of a unit plan, or] an application to a District Land Registrar for the issue of a separate certificate of title for any part of a unit on a unit plan; or (b) An application to a District Land Registrar for the issue of a separate certificate of title in circumstances where the issue of that certificate of title is prohibited by section 226: and the term "subdivide land" has a corresponding meaning.

Territorial authority

Territorial authority is defined in the Resource Management Act as: Means a city or district council

Treated sewage

Treated sewage is defined the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998 as: Grade A treated sewage means sewage discharged from a treatment system included in Schedule 5 or Schedule 6 that is maintained and operated in good working order and in accordance with any instructions of the system's manufacturer Grade B treated sewage means sewage discharged from a treatment system included in Schedule 7 that is maintained and operated in good working order and in accordance with any instructions of the system's manufacturer. Schedules 5, 6, and 7 are in the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998. These were added by the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Amendment Regulations 2002.

Tributaries

A stream that flows into a larger river or other body of water.