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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).  

A new draft policy is being consulted on as part of the Long Term Plan 2018-2028

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.

Change 1 (Coastal Policy) became operative on 3 June 2015.

Change 2 (Natural Hazards) became operative on 5 July 2016. 

Proposed Change 3 (Rangitaiki River) recognises and provides for the vision, objectives and desired outcomes of the Rangitaiki River Document ‘Te Ara Whanui o Rangiaiki’ – ‘Pathways of the Rangitaiki’. The proposed change includes issues, objectives, policies and methods specific to the Rangitaiki River catchment. For more information please visit the Proposed Change 3 (Rangitaiki River) page.

Proposed Change 4 (Tauriko West Urban Limit) seeks to amend the current Urban Limit to include Tauriko West. The Streamlined Planning Process provided for in the Resource Management Act is being used for the proposed change. For more inforamtiom please visit the Proposed Change 4 (Tauriko West Urban Limit) page.

Work has commenced on an RPS Implementation Strategy (RPSIS) to provide for the systematic implementation of all operative policies and methods during its 10 - 15 year lifetime. Information on the RPSIS can be viewed here.

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. These costs are currently being reviewed. 

Significance and Engagement Policy

The Significance and Engagement Policy enables Council and its communities to identify the degree of significance attached to particular issues, proposals, assets, decisions and activities.

Other policies

A number of our financial and non financial policies are contained within our Long Term Plan 2015-2025. 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)