The Bay of Plenty Regional Natural Resources Plan (RNRP) replaces the Regional Water and Land Plan (RWLP). No rules, objectives or policies in the RWLP have been changed.

We have simply improved the layout, renamed it as the Regional Natural Resources Plan and reorganised the chapters to incorporate the following plans (as they are updated):

This is to streamline the number of plans related to natural resource management into one plan, the Bay of Plenty Regional Natural Resources Plan (RNRP).

The purpose of the Regional Natural Resources Plan (RNRP) is to promote the sustainable and integrated management of land and water resources within the Bay of Plenty. To achieve this, the RNRP has policies and methods (which include rules) to address issues of use, development and protection of land resources, geothermal resources and freshwater resources, including the beds and margins of water bodies. The resources covered by the Regional Natural Resources Plan are:

  • Soil (land)
  • Rivers and streams
  • Lakes
  • Wetlands
  • Groundwater
  • Geothermal
  • Natural Hazards
  • Air

Plan changes underway

Change Overview

Proposed Plan Change 10 (Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management)

Introduces rules to limit the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua from land use. The rules will affect rural properties in the Lake Rotorua Catchment.

Proposed Plan Change 13 (Air Quality)

Includes objectives, policies and rules to manage air quality in the region. Currently managed by the Operative Regional Air Plan.

Draft Plan Change 14 (On-Site Effluent Treatment - OSET)

To insert provisions to manage the safe treatment and disposal of domestic wastewater. The plan change does not affect dairy shed effluent discharges or municipal sewage discharges.

Proposed Plan Change 17 (Awatarariki Fanhead)

To insert provisions into the Natural Hazards chapter for debris flow risk management on the Awatarariki fanhead at Matatā.

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Water quality classification maps

Stopbanks and other flood control structures maps (Rule 45)

The following maps are referred to as part of Rule 45 (Permitted - Damming and Diversion of Flood Waters by Existing Flood Control Structures).

Copies of maps for other areas covered by Stopbanks and Other Flood Control Structure Permitted by Rule 45 are available from Bay of Plenty Regional Council on request.

Erosion hazard zone maps

The following maps form part of the Erosion Hazard Zone, referred to in Section 9.2 of the rules and in the Erosion Hazard Zone definition of the plan.

Statutory acknowledgements

The Ngā Whakaaetanga-ā-Ture ki Te Taiao ā Toi (Statutory Acknowledgements in the Bay of Plenty) is a compendium document to be read as an attachment to and in conjunction with the Operative Regional Natural Resources Plan including proposed regional plan or policy statement, and any variation or change notified by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Check out Statutory Acknowledgements for more information.

Order a copy of the Regional Natural Resources Plan

Order the plan by phone 0800 884 880 or email us at The costs are as follows (all prices include GST):

  • Regional Natural Resources Plan - $55
  • 1:50 000 scale Water Classification Map - $15

The Regional Natural Resources Plan is available to view at Bay of Plenty Regional Council offices, all public libraries throughout the Bay of Plenty and service centres of Bay of Plenty's city and District Councils.