New Regional Plan

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Proposed Regional Plan for Northland August 2020 – Appeals Version

The Council has now produced an Appeals Version of the Proposed Regional Plan for Northland which has now been updated to include provisions relating to the management of genetically modified organisms in the coastal marine area.

The shading within this version indicates which provisions are subject to appeal to the Environment Court and therefore may change as a result of the appeals process.

Proposed Regional Plan for Northland August 2020 – Appeals Version (PDF, 6.7MB)

The Proposed Regional Plan will not be fully operative until all appeals are resolved. Where a rule in the Proposed Regional Plan has not been appealed, in accordance with Section 86F of the Resource Management Act, it must be treated as operative (and any previous rule as inoperative).

The weighting that will be applied to the objectives and policies of the Proposed Regional Plan versus the objectives and policies of the operative regional plans depends largely on how far through the plan-making process they are. The Proposed Regional Plan (Appeals Version) objectives and policies that are under appeal are marked in grey shading. All other objectives and policies are either not under appeal or have had their appeals resolved by consent order. The objectives and policies that are not subject to challenge will be given greater weight in decision-making than the objectives and policies in the operative regional plans.

Consent Orders

A consent order is an Environment Court order that endorses agreements reached by the parties during mediation and any subsequent negotiations. When appeals are resolved, consent orders will be issued by the Environment Court and will be recorded on the consent orders page. When a consent order contains rules, these rules must now be treated as operative (and any previous rule as inoperative).

Go to the current consent orders page

GMO Decision

On 16 June 2020, council agreed to settle the appeal seeking to include provisions in the Proposed Regional Plan regulating the use of genetically modified organisms in the coastal marine area. This was formally done via a consent order, which was signed off the the Environment Court on 05 August 2020.

Hard copies of all documents are available to purchase

Please contact us on the number above or at [email protected] to organise purchase.

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

View the consent orders issued by the Environment Court.
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.
Background information relating to requests to 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.
Stakeholder workshops and regional hui have helped inform the 10 year review of the regional plans.