Regional Policy Statement - review process
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- Regional Policy Statement - review process
All regions must have a Regional Policy Statement (RPS), and are required to review it every 10 years. In 2007, the Waikato Region Council began the process of evaluating our previous RPS that became operative in 2000.
This section provides an archive of some of the documents which contributed to the review of the Regional Policy Statement.
- Completion of evaluation documents and preparation of a working draft of the RPS.
- Adoption of the Proposed RPS
- Notification for submissions.
- Notification of the summary of submissions - people had the opportunity to lodge further submissions in support or opposition.
- Submitters had the opportunity to attend hearings at the council.
- Council decided on the submissions and notified submitters of the outcome.
- Submitters had the opportunity to lodge an appeal to the Environment Court.
- The Environment Court resolved the appeals.
- The 2016 Regional Policy Statement became fully operative.
The Section 32 report evaluates and considers alternative ways to achieve the environmental outcomes sought:
Section 32 Analysis of Costs, Benefits and Alternatives (November 2010)
There are three volumes which summarise the 200 submissions received on the Proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statement:
Summary of Submissions: Volume 1 [PDF, 4.6 MB]
Summary of Submissions: Volume 2 [PDF, 4.9 MB]
Summary of Submissions: Volume 3 [PDF, 3.8 MB]
68 further submissions were received on the original submissions to the Proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statement
The staff report contains an analysis and recommendation on each of the 4465 submission points and a strikethrough version of the Proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statement:
The decisions version of the Proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statement incorporates the Hearing Committee’s decisions on the submissions and further submissions
37 appeals were lodged with the Environment Court against the decisions on the Proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statement. Consent Orders were issued by the Environment Court to resolve the appeals.