Proposed Regional Plan for Northland July 2021 – Appeals Version
The Appeals Version of the Proposed Regional Plan for Northland has now been updated to include provisions relating to agrichemicals.
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.
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.
In accordance with s 55(2A) of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Proposed Regional Plan for Northland (PRP) has been amended to:
- insert clause 3.22(1) natural inland wetlands;
- insert clause 3.24(1) rivers; and
- insert clause 3.26(1) fish passage
of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020, resulting in new policies D.4.23 and D.4.30 and new objective F.1.4.
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).
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.
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