Regional plans manage the natural and physical resources of the Bay of Plenty. The purpose of a regional plan is to set out how resources should be managed, including rules and regulations for their use. 

In September 2017 Bay of Plenty Regional Council introduced a new plan called the Regional Natural Resources Plan (RNRP). The RNRP is the new home of the Regional Water and Land Plan (RWLP). The RNRP will eventually incorporate all the following stand alone plans:

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

Regional Natural Resources Plan

The Bay of Plenty Regional Natural Resources Plan (RNRP) replaces the Regional Water and Land Plan (RWLP).

Regional Coastal Environment Plan

The Regional Coastal Environment Plan promotes sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the Bay of Plenty's coastal environment. 

On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan

The On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan 2006 deals with the effects of domestic wastewater on water quality in the Bay of Plenty. 

Rotorua Geothermal Regional Plan

The Operative Rotorua Geothermal Regional Plan promotes the integrated and sustainable management of the Rotorua geothermal resource. 

Regional River Gravel Management Plan

The Operative Regional River Gravel Management Plan manages the effects of river gravel excavation, excluding extraction in the coastal marine area.  

Tarawera River Catchment Plan

The Operative Regional Plan for the Tarawera River Catchment covers the catchment of the Tarawera River including all its sub-catchments, and Upper Tarawera Lakes and their catchments, but excludes Lake Rerewhakaaitu and its catchment.

Regional Air Plan

The Regional Air Plan provides for the control of discharges of contaminants into air for the whole of the Bay of Plenty region, including the coastal marine area.

Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan

The Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan provides a framework for civil defence and emergency management decisions to be made across the Bay of Plenty.

Regional Land Transport Plan

The approved Bay of Plenty Regional Land Transport Plan 2018 has been submitted to the NZ Transport Agency as an input into the National Land Transport Programme 2018-21.

Regional Public Transport Plan

The Regional Public Transport Plan provides guidance and policies that direct the investment in public transport across the Bay of Plenty Region. 

Regional Pest Management Plan

Pests are unwanted plants and animals that have significant impacts on our environment, economy and our people.