The Proposed Regional Plan sets out new rules and policies for how people use fresh water, land, air and the coast in Northland.
Hearings were held from late August to late October 2018. There were two separate hearings – one for genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms (GE/GMO), heard by full council and one for all other matters (heard by a hearings panel).
At its meeting on 16 April 2019, council made decisions on provisions and matters raised in submissions on the Proposed Regional Plan for all matters excluding GE/GMOs. A separate decision will be made on the submissions that seek the addition of provisions for genetically modified organisms.
On 16 July 2019, council considered whether to include provisions in the Proposed Regional Plan relating to genetically modified organisms. After lengthy deliberations the decision of council was not to include any provisions on the management of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in its Proposed Regional Plan.
The decision will be formally notified in the next few weeks (before 6 August 2019) and submitters, who have made previous submissions, or further submissions will then have 30 days to appeal the decision to the Environment Court.
Following the close of the 30 day appeal period submitters and people that have an interest in the Environment Court proceedings that are greater than that of the general public, as per s274 of the Resource Management Act 1991 have an opportunity to join appeals (in support or opposition).
More information on the appeals process can be found at: www.environmentcourt.govt.nz/court-process/lodge-appeal-or-application
Read the Council Decision (PDF, 136KB)
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