New Regional Plan

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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 subject to appeal to the Environment Court and therefore may change as a result of the appeals process.

Proposed Regional Plan for Northland – Appeals Version – June 2020 (PDF, 3.9MB)

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 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

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

Hard copies of all documents are available to purchase

Please contact us on the number above or at info@nrc.govt.nz 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.
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.