Part of the Proposed Regional Policy Statement is a set of proposed maps that show Northland’s ‘outstanding’ areas and ‘coastal environment’.
These maps have been developed to meet requirements under the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010 and the Resource Management Act 1991.
Legal requirements aside, it’ll lead to better protection for the places that matter to Northlanders and ensure appropriate management of these areas.
Consultation on Proposed RPS maps
Draft maps were initially developed based on legal criteria, data from a range of sources and extensive field work. The draft maps were then sent out to landowners that would be newly affected by the maps. The resulting site visits and feedback was used help to refine the maps.
The maps were then publicly notified as part of the Proposed Regional Policy Statement for Northland and subject to the formal RMA submissions and hearings process. This provided further opportunity for submitters to provide evidence and input into the maps. The public submissions period on the proposed maps, closed Monday 3 December 2012.
Staff recommendations on Proposed RPS maps
Following receipt of public submissions, council staff considered the evidence in submissions and in many cases recommended changes to the Proposed RPS maps (as part of their Section 42A report). These staff recommendations were sent to submitters prior to the hearing of submissions.
Hearings for those submitters who wanted to be heard on the Proposed RPS were held from Monday, 20 May 2013 to 21 June 2013. The hearings provided an opportunity for those submitters who wished to be heard to present evidence to the Hearings Committee.
Hearings committee recommendations on the Proposed RPS maps
Council engaged three independent commissioners to hear evidence from submitters at the hearings, consider staff recommendations and make recommendations to council in response to each submission on the Proposed RPS (including recommended changes to maps).
After considering all the evidence, the Hearings Committee have made their recommendations and these are now available. The text of the recommendations relating to maps is included in Volume 3. These are to be read in conjunction with map changes – these can be viewed electronically in GIS format through our online maps.
The Hearings Committee recommendations' are not decisions. They must first be considered and adopted by council. The Hearing Committee recommendations' will be considered by Council at the meeting of 17 September 2013. Once adopted by council, these will become decisions of council and will be publicly notified – we hope to notify the council decisions around the end of September 2013.
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For more information on the mapping project, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions below.