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This page contains information about and links to Bay of Plenty Regional Council policies. These are our policies on:

  • Regional Policy Statement (operative and the next)
  • Triennial agreement between Bay of Plenty councils and their Resource Management Act protocol
  • dangerous dams
  • regional parks
  • section 36 charges (Resource Management Act)

In addition, a number of our financial and non financial policies are contained within our Ten Year Plan 2009-2019. These include our policies on:

  • significance
  • council-controlled organisations
  • partnerships with the private sector 
  • revenue and financing
  • liability management
  • investment
  • development and financial contributions
  • remission and postponement of rates (revised June 2011)

These policies can be found on our Ten Year Plan webpage.

We are currently consulting on a proposed amendment to the investment and liability management policies to support the establishment of a New Zealand local government funding agency. 

Infrastructure Funding Policy and Procedures

In February 2012, Bay of Plenty Regional Council approved the Infrastructure Funding Policy and Procedures (266 KB, pdf). The policy provides clear guidance to Council and the community around how infrastructure projects will be funded, and sets clear eligibility criteria. It covers funding of Bay of Plenty Regional Council infrastructure, and funding of third-party infrastructure projects. Third-party infrastructure may be funded via direct funding (for eligible sewerage and transport infrastructure only), or the contestable Regional Infrastructure Fund (which has wider eligibility criteria).  

The Operative Regional Policy Statement

The Regional Policy Statement is a document prepared under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) to sustainably manage the region's natural and physical resources.

The Next Regional Policy Statement

Our Operative Regional Policy Statement has been reviewed and Council decided (under Section 79(3) of the RMA, 1991) to replace it. The Proposed Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement (Proposed RPS) was publicly notified in November 2010.

Submissions have been received and hearings held. Council's decisions on the Water Quality and Land Use and Coastal Environment provisions were released on 27 March 2012. Decisions on the remaining parts of the Proposed RPS were released on 14 August 2012.

Proposed Variation1 (Coastal Policy)

Proposed Variation 1 (Coastal Policy) to the Proposed RPS was notified for submissions on Thursday 31 May 2012 .  The proposed variation is to ensure the Proposed RPS meets the requirements of  the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010 (NZCPS). Proposed Variation 1 includes maps identifying the coastal environment and areas with high natural character.

Council's decisions on Variation 1 to the Proposed RPS were released on 26 March 2013 and ten appeals were received. Most appeal points have been resolved by consent order. An Environment Court decision dated 9 June 2014 granted the consent order and struck out the majority of appeal points by Ngati Makino Heritage Trust and Motiti Rohe Moana Trust. Copies of the consent order and Environment Court decison can be found on the Consent Orders and Environment Court Decisions page.

Triennial Agreement

The Bay of Plenty Triennial Agreement 2010-2013 describes how councils in the Bay of Plenty will work together.

Bay of Plenty councils' RMA protocol

The Protocol - Policy and Plan Preparation, Change and Review describes when and how councils in the Bay of Plenty region consult in relation to Resource Management Act policy and plan preparation, variations and change.

Dangerous Dams Policy

The Dangerous Dams Policy reflects Council's determination to reduce the risk of dam failure over time in a way that is acceptable in social and economic terms to its ratepayers.

Policy on Regional Parks

The Policy on Regional Parks allows Bay of Plenty Regional Council to secure land for use by the public.

Section 36 Charges Policy

Each year we develop a Section 36 Charges Policy that sets out what costs we intend to recover from carrying out our regulatory functions.