The Regional Coastal Environment Plan promotes sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the Bay of Plenty's coastal environment.
The second generation Regional Coastal Environment Plan became operative on 3 December 2019.
Updates to the plan
In March 2021, the Minister of Conservation approved the remaining provisions of the Regional Coastal Environment Plan, resolving the two outstanding appeals relating to the Motiti Protection Area and Matakana Island. These new policies and rules have now been incorporated into the plan as follows:
Provisions relating to Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes (ONFL) 5 – Te Ure Koti Koti (Matakana barrier arm) are operative on Tuesday 18 May 2021.
Marine spatial provisions for Motiti
These provisions establish and protect three reef systems around Motiti Island making up the Motiti Protection Area and will become operative on Wednesday 11 August 2021. Read more about these new rules and what it might mean for you on the Motiti Protection Area webpage.
What is the Regional Coastal Environment Plan?
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