With the exception of a pre-hearing meeting with Iwi and others who submitted on Maori cultural values, Kaimai Windfarm Ltd has decided against its planned topic-based, pre-hearing meetings, having offered submitters one-on-one meetings about its proposed wind farm project instead.
Hearing in October, at the earliest
The company has also recently withdrawn its application for council approval to take its proposal directly to the Environment Court, which means there will now definitely be a council hearing. The combined Hauraki District and Waikato Regional Council hearing will be run by jointly appointed independent commissioners who will also make a decision on the project. At the earliest, the hearing will take place in October this year.
Applications lodged last year
Kaimai Windfarm Ltd lodged resource consent applications with Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council in July last year, to establish and operate a wind farm on the northwestern area of the Kaimai Ranges. The proposed farm would have the capacity to provide an estimated 400GWH of power per annum to the national grid.
24 wind turbines proposed
The applications, which are being processed jointly by the two councils, cover the proposed construction of 24 large scale wind turbines over 1304 hectares near Rotokohu Road, south of Paeroa. Seven of the proposed turbines would be 180 metres high (to blade tip standing upright) and 17 of them would be 207 metres high. Other proposed structures include a substation, two lattice transmission towers, two overhead power lines, and 18km of on-site roading. An on-site quarry to supply material for the roads is also proposed. The applications also cover the removal of vegetation and earthworks associated with the construction phase of the project.
Copies of the application documents and all supporting technical information are available here.