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Consent Orders and Environment Court Decisions

This page shows how the appeals lodged against Council’s decisions on submissions to the Proposed Regional Policy Statement (RPS) were resolved.

Forty-three appeals were lodged with the Environment Court against Council's decisions. These comprise:

  • Eight appeals lodged against Council's decisions on submissions to the Coastal Environment and Water Quality and Land Use provisions of the Proposed RPS notified on Tuesday 27 March 2012.
  • 25 appeals lodged against Council's decisions on the remaining parts of the Proposed RPS notified on Tuesday 14 August 2013.
  • A further ten appeals were lodged against Council's decisions on Variation 1 (Coastal Policy) to the Proposed RPS notified on 26 March 2013.

Most Environment Court appeals to the Proposed RPS were resolved through mediation with twenty consent orders issued.

The remaining two discrete appeal points on Variation 1 (Coastal Policy) became appeals against Proposed Change 1 (Coastal Policy) when the approved Regional Policy Statement was made operative on 1 October 2014. These appeal points related to the natural character for two specific areas only. The final Environment Court decision on these matters was released on 28 April 2015 and a link to it is provided below.

The Natural Hazards provisions were withdrawn from the Proposed RPS on 4 September 2014 and new provisions were notified for submissions as Proposed Change 2 (Natural Hazards) on 1 October 2014.

Environment Court Decisions

The Environment Court released the following decisions on the applications by Lowndes Associates, Motiti Avocados Limited and Bay of Plenty Regional Council to strike out parts of the appeals by Ngati Makino Hertiage Trust and Motiti Rohe Moana Trust to Proposed Change 1 (Coastal Policy).

On Tuesday 13 February 2014 the Environment Court released its decision on the appeal by the Ngati Makino Heritage Trust seeking provisions for the allocation of freshwater to meet cultural needs of tangata whenua.

Other previously released Environment Court decisions are also available to download:

Consent Orders Issued

The following consent orders are available to download: