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What happens next?
Hearings are scheduled to run for five weeks, starting on Monday, 20 May 2013. Find out more about the hearings.
After the hearings are complete, the independent commissioners’ panel will deliberate and then make its final recommendations to the Northland Regional Council.
Once council makes its final decisions on the new RPS, a standard 20-day appeal period occurs. Areas of the RPS which aren’t appealed during that period become ‘operative’, or take effect legally.
The council appointed independent commissioners to hear and make recommendations on the submissions and further submissions. Minutes from the Hearings Committee meeting to appoint the commissioners are available below:
Minutes - Hearings Committee meeting to appoint independent commissioners (9 KB)
October 2012 – December 2012: Proposed Regional Policy Statement
We formally notified the Proposed Regional Policy Statement for Northland for a public submissions period that ran from 8 October until 5pm Monday, 3 December 2012. We received 888 submissions, comprising approximately 3,500 individual points of relief.
Find the Proposed RPS submissions
October 2011 – September 2012: Draft New Regional Policy Statement
We informally released a Draft New Regional Policy Statement for Northland for public feedback in October 2011. That feedback produced some good ideas on how the draft could be improved.
In the time between October 2011 and September 2012, we have reviewed this feedback, revised the draft accordingly – the product of these refinements is the Proposed Regional Policy Statement for Northland.
We also developed draft maps of Northland’s ‘outstanding’ areas and ‘coastal’ land, and sought feedback from newly-affected landowners to help refine them.
You can find the Proposed Regional Policy Statement for Northland through our Key Documents page.
February 2011 – October 2011: Developing the draft
The Regional Policy Committee (previously the Regional Policy and Development Committee) worked with council staff, tangata whenua and key stakeholders to develop a draft new Regional Policy Statement.
You can find the Regional Policy Committee agendas through our Key documents page.
Development was supported by a Technical Steering Group to develop draft provisions for the committee’s consideration. The Technical Steering Group is made up of resource management staff representatives from the district councils in Northland, Department of Conservation and Te Rarawa (who project managed tangata whenua consultation).
October 2010: Discussion document released
We released the Regional Policy Statement for Northland – Discussion Document for public feedback in October 2010.
The aim of this discussion document was to help get feedback on what our regionally significant issues are (based on the 5- and 10-year reviews of the current Regional Policy Statement, the latest science and monitoring information and key stakeholder meetings) and the range of options for dealing with them.