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Proposed Regional Policy Statement

A full version of the Proposed RPS is available for download below.  Also available are individual chapters and appendices.

Complete Proposed Regional Policy Statement (5.1 MB, pdf)Proposed Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement - November 2010

Social and Economic Impact Assessment Report

A social and economic impact assessment (SEIA) report of seven key Proposed Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement policies is now available.  

The SEIA strategic assessment focuses on the impacts for Māori and socially and economically disadvantaged communities in the region. The report focuses on the following seven key policies:

  • Defining catchments at risk (policy WL2B)
  • Allocation of nutrient discharge levels (WL5B)
  • Water allocation principles (WQ 3B)
  • Managing water takes to ensure efficient use (WQ8B)
  • Managing adverse effects of land-based activities on marine water quality (CE9B)
  • Enabling sustainable aquaculture (CE12B)
  • Avoiding inappropriate hazard mitigation works in the coastal environment (CE11B)

Earlier this year we consulted groups which are often under-represented in consultation processes to ensure their voices were heard. This project was undertaken by Dr Adrian Field of Synergia Ltd and Megan Tunks, an independent Māori researcher. Read the SEIA Report  (PDF, 2 MB)

Withdrawal of Appendix I - Coastal Environment Maps 17-35

On 9 December 2010, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council resolved to withdraw Appendix I - Coastal Environment Maps (Maps 17-35) from the Proposed Regional Policy Statement.  The maps were withdrawn because the correct process for including them (under Clause 3 of Schedule 1 to the Resource Management Act 1991) was not followed.

The remainder of the Proposed Regional Policy Statement is unaffected and submissions to it closed on 8 February 2011.

  • Public notice (34 KB, pdf) advising of the withdrawal of Appendix I - 15 December 2010

How to get copies of the Proposed RPS and associated documents

The Proposed RPS is also available printed, electronically on CD or via email.

It can also be inspected between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, at our public offices in Whaktane, Mount Maunganui and Rotorua, and at any public library or district or city council office in the Bay of Plenty region.

You can purchase a printed document ($10), or have an electronic copy or CD sent to you.

Statutory Acknowledgements relevant to the Bay of Plenty region are contained within a compendium document Nga Whakataaetanga-a-Ture ki Te Taiao a Toi - Statutory Acknowledgements in the Bay of Plenty region. It is currently only available printed ($10) or on CD.

Individual section 32 records (there are 11) are $5 each, or we can email you an electronic copy or send a CD to you (no cost).  They are also available for viewing at the above locations.

All costs are GST inclusive.

Contact us by post, phone or email at to get an electronic copy on CD or to purchase a copy. Our contact details are below.