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Proposed Regional Coastal Environment Plan

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Legal Effect of Rules

From 12 May 2017 all rules in the Coastal Plan have legal effect. This means that all rules which are beyond appeal are treated as operative and used to determine whether resource consents are needed for activities in the coastal marine area.

Back in 15 May 2014, Council determined to delay the legal effect of the rules. Now  that most of the appeal points relating to the rules have been resolved, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council decided at its meeting on 29 March 2017 to rescind its earlier decision.

Council's decision was publicly notified on 11 April 2017 and will not affect any unresolved appeals.


View the latest version of the rules

as at 3 April 2017 (rules that are still subject to appeal are shaded in yellow)


Appeals to the Proposed Regional Coastal Environment Plan

There have been 16 appeals lodged with the Environment Court against Council's decisions, which are being dealt with by the Environment Court .

To find out more about the appeals and their progress through the mediation and hearing process, check out the Proposed RCEP Appeals page which has information on the appeals, including Environment Court decisions and consent orders.

The following document lists the provisions which were subject to appeal:

Provisions and/or sections which are still under appeal are shaded in yellow in the Appeals version of the plan. See links below.


View the latest version of the Proposed Plan

as at 28 April 2017

This version of the Proposed RCEP incorporates Environment Court decisions, consent orders, mediation agreements and minor amendments:


View the Council Decisions on Submissions and Further Submissions

Released 1 September 2015

The Council Decisions on submissions and further submissions include:

The Report to Council on Decisions on the Proposed Regional Coastal Environment Plan is also available here.


View the Supplementary Staff Report to the Hearing Committee

Released 11 May 2015


View the Staff Recommendations on Provisions and hearing information

April 2015


View the Summary of Decisions Requested and Original Submissions

4 November 2014


View the Proposed Plan

24 June 2014


Further information


Decisions released 1 September 2015

On 20 August 2015, Council made its decisions on submissions and further submissions to the Proposed Regional Coastal Environment Plan (Proposed Plan) after receiving recommendations from the Hearing Committee. From 1 September 2015 the Proposed Plan is amended in accordance with those decisions.

Printed copies of the documents linked below are available by calling 0800 884 880 or emailing

Hearing process

The Hearing Committee heard submissions and further submissions over nine days from 19 March 2015 to 10 April 2015. The hearing was then adjourned to allow staff to prepare a supplementary report that setting out their final recommendations on the Proposed Regional Coastal Environment Plan and responding to matters raised during the hearing by submitters and the Hearing Committee.

Following presentation of the supplementary report on 18 May 2015, the Hearing Committee commenced their deliberations. Those deliberations concluded on 22 June 2015.

The supplementary staff report and blueline strike out version of the Proposed Regional Coastal Environment Plan are available using the links above. The Hearing Committee has also referred to these documents in their report.

Proposed Regional Coastal Environment Plan

The Proposed Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Environment Plan (Proposed Plan) was publicly notified on 24 June 2014. A total of 143 submissions were received during the two-month submission period. The further submission period closed on 1 December 2014. 

What's in the Proposed Plan?

The Proposed Plan manages the natural and physical resources of the Bay of Plenty coastal environment. It has been developed following review of the operative Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Environment Plan

The review report (pdf, 4.91MB) found that although the Operative Plan had performed well, there were several key issues that needed to be resolved.

The Proposed Plan contains policies to guide decision making on resource consent applications to undertake in the coastal marine area – the area from the mean high water mark to 12 nautical miles out to sea.

The Proposed Plan also contains policies that apply to the land-based component of our coastal environment - this area has been identified in the Regional Policy Statement and is also shown in the maps that accompany this plan. District Plans should be consistent with these policies.

The Proposed Plan gives effect to the new Regional Policy Statement and the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010 and incorporates the work previously undertaken to develop Aquaculture Management Areas (AMAs).

The Operative Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Environment Plan (amended 22 February 2011) will remain active until the new Plan is approved.

Layout of the Proposed Regional Coastal Environment Plan

The Proposed Plan has seven parts:

  • Part One – sets the scene for the Plan. It explains the area the Plan covers, tools used in the Plan, describes other key planning documents and the roles that other agencies play in managing our coastal environment.
  • Part Two – identifies the key issues for the coastal environment and what the Plan seeks to achieve (objectives).
  • Part Three – includes policies particularly relevant to the integrated management of our coastal environment and matters that cross the land/water divide.
  • Part Four – contains policies and rules for managing activities in the coastal marine area.
  • Part Five – contains non-regulatory methods to support implementing the policies.
  • Part Six – the schedules to the Plan. These identify areas of particular significance in the coastal environment, and also contain technical information. The sites and boundaries identified in the Schedules are mapped in Part Seven of the Plan.
  • Part Seven – the Maps. This series of maps identify sites of significance, zones and existing uses in the coastal environment. The coastline has been split into 45 areas, and three maps have been produced for each area. The maps show:

Map Series a – Landscape

  • Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes (ONFLs) in the coastal environment

Map Series b – Ecology, Culture and Heritage

  • Historic Heritage sites (including shipwrecks)
  • Indigenous Biological Diversity Areas in the coastal environment – spilt into areas that meet the criteria contained in Policy 11(a) or 11(b) of the NZCPS 2010
  • Areas of Significant Cultural Value (ASCV)
  • Regionally Significant Surf Breaks

Map series c – Use

  • Harbour Development Zones
  • Port Zone
  • Port of Tauranga occupation area
  • Port noise contours
  • Tauranga Airport height restrictions
  • Mooring areas
  • Coastal marine area boundary in rivers

Proposed Regional Council Environment Plan Maps (Version 4.0 - June 2014)

NOTE: These maps may have changed following Council's decisions on submissions. To view the new set of maps released with Council's decisions on 1 September 2015, please click here.

Use the index below to find the relevant map then select the map from the table below.

Maps 1 - 11 Maps 12 - 22 Maps 23 - 33 Maps 34 - 44 Maps 45 - 52
Maps 1a 1b 1c
Waihi Beach
(1.48MB, pdf)
Maps 12a 12b 12c
(1.49MB, pdf)
Maps 23a 23b 23c
Whakatane Airport
(1.37MB, pdf)
Maps 34a 34b 34c
Waikawa (146MB, pdf)
Maps 45a 45b 45c
Whakaari-White Is
(1.77MB, pdf)
Maps 2a 2b 2c
Heads (1.59MB, pdf)
Maps 13a 13b 13c
Waimapu Estuary
(2.01MB, pdf)
Maps 24a 24b 24c
(1.66MB, pdf)
Maps 35a 35b 35c
Whanarua Bay-Papatea
Bay (1.52MB, pdf)

Map 46 Harbour

Development Zone

- Tauranga (706KB, pdf)

Maps 3a 3b 3c
Matakana Is Nth-
Kauri Pt (1.72MB, pdf)
Maps 14a 14b 14c
Rangataua Bay-Papamoa
Bch (1.45MB, pdf)
Maps 25a 25b 25c
Ohope-Ohiwa Harbour-
Ohiwa (1.64MB, pdf)
Maps 36a 36b 36c
Raukokore-Waihau Bay
(1.49MB, pdf)

Map 47 Harbour

Development Zone

- Whakatāne (667KB, pdf)

Maps 4a 4b 4c
Matakana Is East
(1.72MB, pdf)
Maps 15a 15b 15c
Papamoa Beach
(1.44MB, pdf)
Maps 26a 26b 26c
Ohiwa Harbour-Kutarere
(1.57MB, pdf)
Maps 37a 37b 37c
Orete Point-Whangaparaoa
Bay (1.45MB, pdf)

Map 48 Harbour

Development Zone

– Ōpōtiki (645KB, pdf)

Maps 5a 5b 5c
(1.68MB, pdf)
Maps 16a 16b 16c
(1.70MB, pdf)
Maps 27a 27b 27c
(1.49MB, pdf)
Maps 38a 38b 38c
Runaway (1.51MB, pdf)
Map 49 Harbour

Development Zone

– Bowentown (489KB, pdf)

Maps 6a 6b 6c 
Matakana Is Middle-Blue
Gum Bay (1.54MB, pdf)
Maps 17a 17b 17c
(1.48MB, pdf)
Maps 28a 28b 28c
(1.48MB, pdf)
Maps 39a 39b 39c
Tahurua Point-Potikirua
Point (1.48MB, pdf)

Map 50 Harbour

Development Zone

– Tanners Point (503KB, pdf)


Maps 7a 7b 7c
(1.67MB, pdf)
Maps 18a 18b 18c
(1.54MB, pdf)
Maps 29a 29b 29c
(1.45MB, pdf)
Maps 40a 40b 40c
Tuhua-Mayor Island North
(1.67MB, pdf)

Map 51 Harbour

Development Zone

- Omokoroa (477KB, pdf)

Maps 8a 8b 8c 
Omokoroa Beach-
Matakana Is (1.65MB, pdf)
Maps 19a 19b 19c
(1.56MB, pdf)
Maps 30a 30b 30c
(1.54MB, pdf)
Maps 41b 41c
Tuhua-Mayor Is Sth
(1.75MB, pdf)

Map 52 Harbour

Development Zone

– Opureora (508KB, pdf)

Maps 9a 9b 9c
Mauao Mt Maunganui-
Matakana Is (1.49MB, pdf)
Maps 20a 20b 20c
Rurima Island
(1.77MB, pdf)
Maps 31a 31b 31c
(1.58MB, pdf)
Maps 42a 42b 42c
Karewa Is
(1.28MB, pdf)


Maps 10a 10b 10c
Te Puna
(1.78MB, pdf)

Maps 21b 21c
Moutohora-Whale Is
(1.79MB, pdf)
Maps 32a 32b 32c
(1.52MB, pdf)
Maps 43a 43b 43c
Motiti Is
(1.59MB, pdf)



Maps 11a 11b 11c
Tauranga Mt Maunganui
(1.86MB, pdf)

Maps 22a 22b 22c
Rangitaiki River-Thornton
(1.58MB, pdf)

Maps 33a 33b 33c
Te Kaha
(1.49MB, pdf)

Maps 44a 44b 44c
Motunau Is
(1.51MB, pdf) 



How is this different to the Draft Plan?

The public were invited to comment on a Draft Coastal Environment Plan in May/June 2013. Feedback received on the Draft Plan has been used to develop the Proposed Plan. Find out more about what changes were made, on the Coastal Plan review and Draft Coastal Plan page.

What other information is available?

A range of information has been used to inform development of the Proposed Plan. The following are some of the key documents and relevant legislation (not previously mentioned on this page). Hard copies are available on request - there is a charge for some documents. You can also read about the Aquaculture Reforms, and the Aquaculture Research.

Planning documents

Regulation and legislation

Supporting technical reports

Biodiversity and Significant Natural Areas:

 Other technical reports:

Iwi and hapu management plans

A full list of the current iwi and hapu management plans is available on our website.

Key Contact


Proposed Regional Coastal Environment Plan: Michal Akurangi 9285 or