Minutes of a meeting of the Environment and Climate Committee

Held in the Council Chamber, Civic House, 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson

On Tuesday 13 April 2021, commencing at 9.03a.m.

 

Present:              Councillor K Fulton (Chairperson), Her Worship the Mayor R Reese, Councillors B McGurk (Deputy Chairperson), Y Bowater, T Brand, M Courtney (Deputy Chairperson), M Lawrey, G Noonan, P Rainey, R Sanson, T Skinner and Ms G Paine

In Attendance:    Group Manager Environmental Management (C Barton), Group Manager Strategy and Communications (N McDonald), Governance Adviser (J Brandt) and Governance Support (P Boutle)

Apologies :          Councillors J Edgar and R O’Neill-Stevens

 

 

1.       Apologies

 

Resolved EC/2021/010

 

That the Environment and Climate Committee

1.        Receives and accepts the apologies from Councillors J Edgar and R O’Neill-Stevens for attendance.

Sanson/McGurk                                                                            Carried

2.       Confirmation of Order of Business

There was no change to the order of business.

3.       Interests

There were no updates to the Interests Register, and no interests with items on the agenda were declared.

4.       Public Forum

4.1      Nelson Residents Association (NRA) - the climate change emergency and its financial effect on rate payers – Bernadine Goldsmith

Bernadine Goldsmith, supported by Kiamaia Goldsmith, gave a presentation (A2616633). Ms Goldsmith said the NRA had reservations about rates rises and recommended that Council investigates alternative funding sources, does not build near the flood-prone rivers, and protects existing properties in innovative ways (e.g. in Monaco).

 

 

 

Attachments

1    A2616633 - Bernie Goldsmith - Nelson Residents Association - Presentation 13Apr2021

 

4.2      Climate Action Group of the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum

Joanna Santa Barbara, David Ayre, and Louise Bleakley tabled the Regional Climate Action Plan (A2610531). Ms Santa Barbara explained the point of difference between climate actions in the Long Term Plan and the Regional Climate Action Plan (the Plan) created by the Climate Action Group, noting that it sought to cover those areas that fell outside of Council’s areas of responsibility, to enable a whole-of-society approach.

Ms Santa Barbara said that the Plan was about to enter into its outreach phase, during which households, businesses, community groups and organisations would be approached.

The Committee expressed their appreciation for the work that had gone into producing the Regional Climate Action Plan.

 

 

 

Attachments

1    A2610531 - Regional Climate Action Plan 13Apr2021

5.       Confirmation of Minutes

5.1      17 February 2021

Document number M15412, agenda pages 7 - 14 refer.

Recommendation

 

That the Environment and Climate Committee

1.    Confirms the minutes of the meeting of the Environment and Climate Committee, held on 17 February 2021, as a true and correct record.

Courtney/McGurk

6.       Chairperson's Report  

Councillor Fulton gave a verbal Chairperson’s Report. She spoke about her input to the submission to the Climate Change Commission’s Draft Advice to Government and her attendance at the LGNZ Climate Change Symposium in February 2021.

7.       Submission to the Climate Change Commission's Draft Advice to Government

Document number R23751, agenda pages 15 - 49 refer.

Manager Strategy, Mark Tregurtha, presented the report.

Recommendation

 

That the Environment and Climate Committee

1.    Receives the report Submission to the Climate Change Commission's Draft Advice to Government (R23751) and its attachment (A2598134); and

2.    Approves retrospectively Council’s submission to the Climate Change Commission on the Draft Advice for Consultation (A2598134 – Attachment One of report R23751).

 

Fulton/Her Worship the Mayor

 

Attendance: Councillors T Brand and T Skinner left the meeting at 9.48a.m.

8.       Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement Metrics Report 2019/20

Document number R22727, agenda pages 50 - 128 refer.

Manager Consents and Compliance, Mandy Bishop, presented the report. She answered questions regarding performance measurement, Māori involvement in decision making and the strategic guidance of the Compliance Strategy.

Resolved EC/2021/011

 

That the Environment and Climate Committee

1.    Receives the report Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement Metrics Report 2019/20 (R22727) and its attachment (A2519419)

 

McGurk/Bowater                                                                           Carried

 

9.       Ratification of the updated Port Nelson Noise Contour Map

Document number R18192, agenda pages 129 - 172 refer.

Manager Environmental Planning, Maxine Day, presented the report. She answered questions about the ratification process, noting that details were set out in the Nelson Resource Management Plan (Section AP 29 A 1 h).

The meeting was adjourned from 10.33a.m. to 10.53p.m.

Recommendation

 

That the Environment and Climate Committee

1.    Receives the report Ratification of the updated Port Nelson Noise Contour Map  (R18192) and its attachment (A2428728); and

2.    Confirms ratification of the 2018 amendment of the Port Noise Contour Map (A2428728).

Courtney/Paine

       

10.     Exclusion of the Public

Chris Ward of Policy Works Ltd was in attendance for Item 2 of the Confidential agenda to answer questions and, accordingly, the following resolution was required to be passed:

Resolved EC/2021/012

 

That the Environment and Climate Committee

1.        Confirms, in accordance with sections 48(5) and 48(6) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, that Chris Ward of Policy Works remains after the public has been excluded, for Item 2 of the Confidential agenda (Options for Regulatory Services), as he has knowledge that will assist the meeting.

McGurk/Paine                                                                               Carried

Resolved EC/2021/013

 

That the Environment and Climate Committee

1.        Excludes the public from the following parts of the proceedings of this meeting.

2.        The general subject of each matter to be considered while the public is excluded, the reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter and the specific grounds under section 48(1) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 for the passing of this resolution are as follows:

McGurk/Paine                                                                               Carried

 

Item

General subject of each matter to be considered

Reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter

Particular interests protected (where applicable)

1

Resource Consents team - update on actions

 

Section 48(1)(a)

The public conduct of this matter would be likely to result in disclosure of information for which good reason exists under section 7

The withholding of the information is necessary:

·   Section 7(2)(a)

     To protect the privacy of natural persons, including that of a deceased person

2

Options for Regulatory Services

Discussing commercial contract for regulatory activities.

Section 48(1)(a)

The public conduct of this matter would be likely to result in disclosure of information for which good reason exists under section 7

The withholding of the information is necessary:

·   Section 7(2)(h)

     To enable the local authority to carry out, without prejudice or disadvantage, commercial activities

The meeting went into confidential session at 10.57a.m. and resumed in public session at 2.13p.m.

 

Restatements

 

It was resolved while the public was excluded:

 

1

PUBLIC EXCLUDED: Resource Consents team - update on actions

 

3.    Agrees that Report R23719, its attachments   (A2587678        and A2586771) and the decision      remain confidential at        this time.

 

 

 

2

PUBLIC EXCLUDED: Options for Regulatory Services

 

8.     Agrees that Report (R10080), Attachments (A1569827,         A1696084, A2177478, A2583656 and A1696102) and the         decision remain confidential at this time.

  

 

There being no further business the meeting ended at 2.13p.m.

 

Confirmed as a correct record of proceedings:

 

 

 

                                                       Chairperson                                     Date