New Regional Plan

Proposed Regional Plan for Northland – Appeals Version

The Council has now produced an Appeals Version of the Proposed Regional Plan for Northland (excluding GE/GMOs).

The shading within this version indicates which provisions are directly under appeal to the Environment Court. However, please note that additional provisions may be captured as a result of any consequential amendments arising from the outcome of an appeal’.

Proposed Regional Plan for Northland – Appeals Version – 29 July 2019 (PDF, 3.9MB)

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.

GMO Decision
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:

Council Decision to not include GMO provisions in the Proposed Regional Plan for Northland (PDF, 136KB)

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For any further information, call the Policy and Planning Team on: Freephone 0800 002 004.

Council decision and appeals versions of the Proposed Regional Plan.
View the Proposed Regional Plan maps online.
Background documents and reports for the Proposed Regional Plan.
Information about council’s decision to not include provisions in the Proposed Regional Plan for Northland for managing the use of GE and GMO.
Reports referenced in, and used to help prepare, the Proposed Regional Plan.
Find out about the legal effect of rules in the Proposed Regional Plan.
We have produced maps indicating the amount of water currently allocated to be taken.
Find out how we plan to monitor and enforce compliance with the permitted activity rules in the new regional plan.
Read the draft Regional Plan and the feedback we received.
Find out more about the operative regional plans for Northland.
Stakeholder workshops and regional hui have helped inform the 10 year review of the regional plans.