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The Regional Planning activity provides us with planning and policy advice and sets up our strategic direction.

These include planning documents under Resource Management Act 1991, like the Regional Natural Resources Plan and under the Biosecurity Act 1993, the Local Government Act 2002, and various action plans. 

We promote integrated regional resource management by providing input on district consents applications, district plans and other policy from Central and local government. We manage growth in the western Bay of Plenty through the Regional Policy Statement and Smartgrowth and participate in the Upper North Island Strategic Alliance.

We are working with tāngata whenua, the community and key stakeholders in catchments to maintain and improve water quality and manage water quantity through a series of changes to the Regional Natural Resources Plan.