31.77. When making a decision in the exercise of powers under this subdivision, the Minister shall take into account, in addition to specifically environmental impacts, the consequences of the withdrawal under consideration
(1) for the water use rights of other persons or municipalities in the short, medium and long terms;
(2) for the availability and distribution of water resources, with a view to satisfying or reconciling current and future needs of different water uses;
(3) for the foreseeable development of rural and urban areas, particularly as regards the objectives of the land use planning and development plan of any regional county municipality or metropolitan community affected by the withdrawal, and for the balance that must be maintained between different water uses; and
(4) for the economic development of a region or municipality.
The Minister shall also take into account any observations received from the public with respect to the water withdrawal under consideration.