1.1.11 Local Authority Cross-boundary Issues

​​​​Hamilton City Council has boundaries with Waikato and Waipa districts, and Hamilton is within the Waikato region. The issues that could affect, or otherwise involve the neighbouring district and regional councils are:

a) Implementation of Future Proof.​
b) Waikato Rive​​r management issues and the implementation of the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River (refer to 1.1.2.2b), in association with other parties under relevant legislation.​
c) Discharge of contaminants to land, water and air.​
d)​ Harmonisation of standards and processes, including possible transfer of functions where desirable.​
e)​ Network utilities that cross territorial boundaries, including land transport and effects of Hamilton International Airport.​
f)​ Resource consent applications where there will be effects (such as noise or traffic) that go beyond territorial boundaries or where an application for consent straddles a common territorial boundary (such as network utilities).​
g) Provision of recreational facilities and other shared services.​
h)​ Creating ‘economies of scale’ which are often necessary to allow territorial authorities or private enterprise to innovate and provide services such as waste management and recycling.​
​i)​Hazardous facilities.
​j)​Reverse sensitivity effects in relation to existing land uses.
​k)​Effects of out of zone industrial and / or commercial activities.
​l)​Significant Natural Areas, Natural and cultural heritage places, areas and landscapes, that cross territorial boundaries.

The processes that Council will use to resolve any issues that cross territorial boundaries include:​

a) Consult with other councils on consent applications, or plan change requests, where a potential cross-boundary effect may occur or where a potential effect may occur which may fall within the functions of the Regional Council, especially when applications raise matters related to the above issues.​
b)​ Encourage applicants, where activities have effects beyond the boundaries of the City, or which might give rise to effects that are not within Council’s resource management functions, to consult with the affected council.​
c)​ Liaise with other councils where the effe​cts of activities cross territorial boundaries, to determine the most appropriate methods to achieve integrated resource management outcomes.​
d) Initiate and participate in joint hearings with other councils as needed.​
e) Maintain an ongoing dialogue with other councils to harmonise resource management standards and processes.​
f)​ Make submissions, where appropriate, on plans and policy statements prepared by other councils.​
g)​ Identify opportunities for the transfer or sharing of functions between councils, where this would result in more efficient, effective and integrated resource management.​
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