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Regional Natural Resources Plan

The Bay of Plenty Regional Natural Resources Plan (RNRP) replaces the Regional Water and Land Plan (RWLP). No rules, objectives or policies in the RWLP have been changed. We have simply improved the layout, renamed as the Regional Natural Resources Plan and reorganised the chapters to incorporate the following plans (as they are updated): 

  • On-site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan
  • Regional Air Plan
  • Regional River Gravel Management Plan
  • Rotorua Geothermal Regional Plan
  • Tarawera River Catchment Plan 

The reasoning behind this is to streamline the number of plans related to natural resource management into one plan, the Bay of Plenty Regional Natural Resources Plan (RNRP).

The purpose of the Regional Natural Resources Plan (RNRP) is to promote the sustainable and integrated management of land and water resources within the Bay of Plenty Region. To achieve this, the RNRP has policies and methods (which include rules) to address issues of use, development and protection of land resources, geothermal resources and freshwater resources, including the beds and margins of water bodies. The resources covered by the Regional Natural Resources Plan are:

  • Soil (land)
  • Rivers and streams
  • Lakes
  • Wetlands
  • Groundwater
  • Geothermal
  • Natural Hazards
  • Air

Plan Changes Underway

Change Overview Status

Proposed Plan Change 9 (Region-wide Water Quantity)

Is looking to improve how we manage the allocation of water in the region and ensure it is being used efficiently.

Hearings closed on Friday 20 April 2018.

Hearings scheduled for 14, 15 March (Tauranga) and 16 March 2018 (Whakatane).

Publicly notified 18 October 2016.Submissions closed 14 December 2016.

Visit the Water Quantity Plan Change page.

Proposed Plan Change 10
(Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management)

Introduces rules to limit the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua from land use.

The rules will affect rural properties in the Lake Rotorua Catchment.

Publicly notified 29 February 2016.

Submissions closed 27 April 2016.

Hearings ended May 2017

Visit the Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management Plan Change page.

Proposed Plan Change 13
(Air Quality)

Includes objectives, policies and rules to manage air quality in the region. Currently managed by the Operative Regional Air Plan.

Publicly notified 27 February 2018

Submissions close 4.00 pm, 12 April 2018


Proposed Plan Change 17 (Awatarariki Fanhead)

To insert provisions into the Natural Hazards chapter for debris flow risk management on the Awatarariki fanhead at Matatā.
The Regional Council proposes to include reference in the change to an external risk management document.

The proposal to incorporate the  document by reference notified 1 May 2018
Comment period 1 May — 4.00pm 22 May 2018.
Notification of the plan change will follow.

Download the plan

Water Quality Classification Maps

Stopbanks and Other Flood Control Structures Maps (Rule 45)

The following maps are referred to as part of Rule 45 (Permitted - Damming and Diversion of Flood Waters by Existing Flood Control Structures).

Copies of maps for other areas covered by Stopbanks and Other Flood Control Structure Permitted by Rule 45 are available from Bay of Plenty Regional Council on request.

Erosion Hazard Zone maps

The following maps form part of the Erosion Hazard Zone,referred to in Section 9.2 of the rules and in the Erosion Hazard Zone definition of the plan.

Statutory Acknowledgements

The Ngā Whakaaetanga-ā-Ture ki Te Taiao ā Toi (Statutory Acknowledgements in the Bay of Plenty) is a compendium document to be read as an attachment to a nd in conjunction with the Operative Regional Natural Resources Plan including proposed regional plan or policy statement, and any variation or change notified by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Check out the Statutory Acknowledgements webpage>> for more information.

Order a copy of the Regional Natural Resources Plan

Order the plan by phone 0800 884 880 or email us at The costs are as follows (all prices include GST):

  • Regional Natural Resources Plan - $55
  • 1:50 000 scale Water Classification Map - $15

The Regional Natural Resources Plan is available to view at Bay of Plenty Regional Council offices, all public libraries throughout the Bay of Plenty and service centres of Bay of Plenty's city and District Councils.