The Summary of Decisions Requested is now available
The closing date for Further Submissions is 4pm on Friday 10 February 2023.
The Summary of Decisions Requested was publicly notified on Tuesday 24 January 2023.
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 summarises the submissions received. The original submissions should be read in full to understand the issues raised by a submitter.
A further submission can only support or oppose an original submission.
Under Clause 8 of Schedule 1 to the Resource Management Act 1991, the following persons may make a further submission:
a) a person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest, or
b) a person that has an interest in the proposed policy statement change greater than the interest that the general public has; or
c) the local authority for the relevant area.
The format for making a further submission is prescribed under Form 6 in Schedule 1 of the Resource Management (Forms, Fees and Procedures) Regulations 2003.
Within five working days of providing the further submission to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, a copy must also be served on the person who made the original submission.
The Summary of Decisions Requested, the further submission form and supporting information are available in the Summary of Decisions Requested 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.