Hearing of submissions and further submissions
Hearing will be held at The Atrium Café and Conference Centre, located at 252 Otumoetai Road, Tauranga. The Hearing Panel comprises Robert Scott (Chairperson), Rawiri Faulkner (Independent Commissioner), Councillor Jane Nees and Councillor Paula Thompson. The hearing date is scheduled for:
- Wednesday 21 June 2023
The Hearing Schedule and Hearing Procedure has been provided to those submitters who have advised they wish to be heard. These documents can be found here:
The Hearing Panel request electronic copies of any written evidence or presentations intended to be presented at the hearing by Monday, 19 June 2023. Electronic copies can be emailed to rpsChange6@boprc.govt.nz prior to the hearing for photocopying. Please note no photocopying facilities are available at the hearing venue. If electronic copies of any evidence cannot be emailed, you are required to bring 15 hard copies on the hearing day.
- Staff Overview Report
This provides an overview of key amendments requested by submitters.
- Staff Recommendations on Provisions with Submissions and Further Submissions Report
This provides recommendations to the Hearing Panel on the decisions requested in submissions along with reasons for those recommendations.
- Proposed Change 6 (NPS-UD) – Staff Recommendations Redline Amendment Version 5.0
This version shows changes to Proposed Change 6 recommended by staff.
- Proposed Change 6 (NPS-UD) - Section 32AA Evaluation of Changes
This report provides an analysis of changes recommended to Proposed Change 6.
Further Submissions on the Summary of Decisions Requested
The period for receiving Further Submissions is now closed.
Proposed Change 6 (NPS-UD) to the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement was notified for public submissions on 9 August 2022. Submissions closed on 6 September 2022 and 35 submissions were received.
The Summary of Decisions Requested was publicly notified on Tuesday 25 January 2023. The period for receiving further submissions closed on 10 February 2023 and 13 further submissions were received.
The Summary of Decisions Requested, submissions and further submissions are available in the drop down at the bottom of this page.
What is Proposed Change 6 (NPS-UD)?
The National Policy Statement-Urban Development (2020) (NPS-UD) introduced requirements for regional councils to amend their Regional Policy Statement to be more responsive to urban development proposals and provide support to intensification of urban areas. Their purpose is to enable additional development capacity, regardless of whether it is planned in existing planning documents, and to contribute to well-functioning urban environments. The NPS-UD also requires local authorities to take into account the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) in planning decisions relating to urban environments.
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is implementing these requirements through Change 6 (NPS-UD) to the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement.
What is an ‘urban environment’?
‘Urban environments’ are defined by the NPS-UD. These are urban areas that have or are intended to be part of a housing and labour market of at least 10,000 people.
In the Bay of Plenty, urban environments are greater Tauranga (including Te Puke and Ōmokoroa), Rotorua city and Whakatāne township.
What is the scope of Change 6?
Under the NPS-UD we are required to:
- Take into account Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles
- Provide criteria for assessing private plan changes for un-anticipated or out of sequence urban development proposals for urban environments
- Enable intensification of urban environments
What Change 6 doesn’t do:
It is not a spatial plan and doesn’t identify where (or not) urban development will be located. This is the role of a Future Development Strategy and district or city plans.
It doesn’t zone or provide infrastructure for urban development. This is the role of district/city councils through district plan zoning, and infrastructure planning and funding documents.
National Policy Statement on Urban Development (2020)
More information on the NPS-UD can be found on the Ministry for the Environment's website: National policy statement on urban development.