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. This includes all the land of the region and all the coastal water extending out to the 12 mile nautical boundary.

The Regional Air Plan has been reviewed and replaced by Plan Change 13 (Air Quality) to the Regional Natural Resources Plan. Plan Change 13 was notified in 2018 and has now passed through the public notification process.

Most of the provisions of Plan Change 13 (Air Quality) are now beyond appeal and must be treated as operative.

Plan Change 13 (Air Quality) has replaced the Regional Air Plan. The Regional Air Plan should no longer be referred to.

Please note that the following rule and definition under Plan Change 13 are still under appeal:

AQ R22 Handling of bulk solid materials – Discretionary – (tba) – Ka whiriwhirihia

Unless otherwise permitted by AQ R26, the discharge of contaminants to air from the handling of bulk solid materials where:

  • the rate of bulk solid material handling exceeds 20 tonnes in any hour, and the discharge occurs less than 100 metres from any sensitive area, or
  • the rate of bulk solid material handling exceeds 50 tonnes in any hour, is a discretionary activity.

Bulk solid material means means materials consisting of, or including, fragments that could be discharged as dust or particulates. These materials include but are not limited to: gravel, quarried rock, fertiliser, coal, cement, flour, rock aggregate, grains, compost, palm kernel extract, tapioca, and woodchip

Hearing on these matters is set down for October 2020.

Read more about updates on Plan Change 13.