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Policies

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

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:

  • 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.


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 second generation RPS became operative on 1 October 2014.

Proposed Change 1 (Coastal Policy) are the remaining provisions of Proposed Variation 1 (Coastal Policy) still subject to appeal at the time the second generation RPS became operative. Specifically the natural character maps and attributes for Motiti coastal waters and Okurei Point (Maketu). For more information please visit the Proposed Change 1 (Coastal Policy) page.

Proposed Change 2 (Natural Hazards) was publicly notified on 1 October 2014 and seeks to insert natural hazard provisions into the newly operative RPS. The change will guide those preparing regional, city and district plans and considering resource consent applications in managing land use and associated activities according to the level of natural hazard risk they are subject to. For more information please visit the Proposed Change 2 (Natural Hazards) 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.