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​​​ Engineering Approval Engineering Approval is required for works that are to be vested in Auckland Council ownership.​

Infrastructure that does not meet the minimum engineering standards within this CoP and/or does not comply with conditions of consent and/or Network Discharge Consents will require specific Engineering Approval to confirm acceptance.

Where there is a conflict between the requirements of the CoP and any other infrastructure requirements or conditions this shall be discussed and resolved with the council. In general the most stringent requirement will prevail.

Auckland Council aims to streamline the approval process for developments that can comply Content with our vested asset requirements, so that each application does not need to go through an individual design review. Minimum standards may not always be achievable, in which case the Engineering Approval process enables non-compliance to be addressed.

The recommended first step in the Engineering Approval process is a pre-application meeting with the council. The purpose of this meeting is to identify potential non-compliance with the SWCoP and to explore possible alternative solutions. Early discussion around alternative solutions will help the council indicate which, if any, would be unacceptable. Regional Policy Statement, Regional and District Plans

​Development shall comply with the requirements of Auckland Council’s Auckland Regional Policy Statement, Regional Plans and District Plans under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), including obtaining a resource consent as required under regional and district plans. Relevant policy statements and plans include:
  • Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP), notified on 30 September 2013
  • Auckland Regional Policy Statement
  • Auckland Regional Plan: Air, Land and Water
  • Auckland Regional Plan: Coastal
  • Auckland Regional Plan: Sediment control
  • Auckland City (including Central, Hauraki Gulf Island and Isthmus), Manukau City, North Shore City, Waitakere City, Rodney, Franklin and Papakura District Plans.
Generally, provisions within the PAUP will take effect once decisions on submissions have been made (RMA, s.86B). However, some parts of the PAUP take effect at notification date (e.g. certain provisions which protect or relate to water, air, soil (for soil conservation), significant indigenous vegetation, and significant habitats of indigenous fauna or historic heritage) and will gain weight as the submission and decision process progresses. Many of the PAUP rules relevant to the SWCoP have legal effect from 30 September 2013. Refer to Chapter A, Section 4.3 of the PAUP for further information on the status of rules.

Under the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013, rules in the PAUP have operative effect from the date of notification for qualifying developments in Special Housing Areas, and that other operative regional and district plans will have no further effect.

The regional and district plans above set out the requirements for every stage of development in order to promote sustainable management under the RMA through managing adverse effects on the environment, including:
  • Setting the Rural-Urban Boundary
  • Requirements for planning and plan changes for greenfield and brownfield ​development, including structure planning and framework planning requirements
  • Controls on land use, subdivision and development (RMA, s9), including for the purpose of sediment control, and managing flood risk and stormwater flow and quality
  • Restrictions on use of the Coastal Marine Area (RMA, s12)
  • Restrictions on the use of beds of lakes and rivers (RMA, s13), including placement and use of structures
  • Restrictions on the use, damming and diversion of water (RMA, s14)
  • Restrictions on discharges to the environment (RMA, s15), including discharge of stormwater.
The requirements of this CoP shall be taken into consideration at early planning stages of development as part of integrated land and water management planning. This is to ensure that stormwater assets to be vested in the council meet the council’s requirements as a stormwater network owner and operator. However, the requirement to meet network infrastructure operator requirements, including complying with the CoP, is specified in subdivision and development sections of the PAUP as this is the time that detailed infrastructure planning occurs. Any activities involving connection to, modification of, or creation of new public stormwater network shall be approved by the network operator (Auckland Council) prior to approval of survey plans under the RMA s224(c). Note that these requirements vary across legacy district plans, which are effectively superseded by the enactment of the Stormwater Bylaw (see Section

Auckland Council’s Stormwater Unit holds Network Discharge Consents (NDCs) for parts of its network and at the time of publication is in the process of preparing a single, Auckland-wide NDC application. NDC and growth planning processes shall be aligned wherever possible to deliver integrated land and stormwater management, including Water Sensitive Design. Developments that discharge into the public stormwater network shall comply with Auckland Council’s NDC requirements and any catchment planning analyses approved under that NDC. Discharges direct to the environment may be covered by an individual NDC, if the NDC provides for this and its conditions are met. Stormwater Bylaw

Auckland Council has developed a new Auckland-wide bylaw for stormwater management which will be operational from 1 November 2015. The key purpose of the bylaw is to provide a consistent regulatory approach for stormwater management across Auckland.

The bylaw will:
  • Ensure that the public stormwater network and private stormwater systems are of a consistently high standard throughout Auckland
  • Require on-site stormwater devices on private land to be well maintained, as they form part of the wider stormwater network
  • Manage activities on private property that have adverse impacts on the public stormwater network
  • ​Enable the council to develop stormwater controls for ​specific areas and specific local issues.
​All design decisions for stormwater shall be in accordance with the Stormwater Bylaw.

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