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Published: 2011-06-22 00:00:00

The Waikato Regional Council last week released a summary of the 200 submissions it received on the proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statement (RPS) earlier this year and now invites further submissions. 

Policy and transport group manager Vaughan Payne said: “We appreciate the valuable feedback we’ve received from a wide range of stakeholders and partners, including industry, iwi, central and local government and environmental groups.”

Mr Payne added that policies for the management of the Waikato’s built environment had attracted the most submission points (22.5 per cent) on the proposed RPS.

Further submissions can only be made in support or opposition of matters raised in the original submissions. Only persons or organisations representing a relevant aspect of public interest or who have an interest greater than that of the general public can make a further submission.

Due to the number of submissions and decisions requested, the period for further submissions has been extended from 10 to 20 working days. Further submissions can be made until 4pm on Friday 15 July 2011.

RPS hearings are expected to be held in the first half of next year, with submitters then able to present their views to decision-makers.

The proposed RPS is a far-reaching planning tool that enables the use of natural resources, such as water and land, and allows for the development of roads, infrastructure and buildings in ways that maintain a healthy environment.

Under the Resource Management Act, the RPS is required to identify the significant resource management issues for the Waikato region and set out how the regional community will manage resources such as air, biodiversity, coastal environments, freshwater, geothermal resources, landscapes, land and soils in ways that provide for the present without compromising the ability of future generations to provide for their own needs.

Further information on the proposed RPS and how to make a further submission is available at