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Environmental policy and planning documents

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Environmental policy and planning documents

Updated 3 August 2020 2:24pm

Regional Policy Statement

The regional policy statement is prepared under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). It sets out the objectives, policies and methods to achieve the integrated management of natural and physical resources across the Wellington region. All district and regional plans must give effect to the regional policy statement. Resource consents must have regard to it.

The regional policy statement also sets out a series of methods that Greater Wellington Regional Council and its partners will undertake monitoring of the regional policy statement in order to see how the anticipated results of its policies are being achieved.

The RMA requires a review of provisions in the regional policy statement every ten years, and must be done in accordance with section 79 of the RMA.

Regional Plans

A regional council may prepare one or more regional plans for its region. The purpose of these plans is to assist the regional council in carrying out its functions under the RMA, which is to ensure that natural resources are sustainably managed. A regional council must prepare a regional coastal plan (applying below mean high water springs) but other regional plans are optional.

Greater Wellington Regional Council’s current regional plans include:

Regional Plan for Discharges to Land

This plan became operative in 1999 and was amended in 2003.

Regional Soil Plan

This plan became operative in 2000 and was amended in September 2003.

Regional Coastal Plan

This plan became operative in 2000.

Regional Air Quality Management Plan

This plan became operative in 2000 and was amended in September 2003.

Regional Freshwater Plan

This plan became operative in 1999 and was amended in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Resource Management Charging Policy

The Resource Management Charging Policy contains the regime for resource management charges in the Wellington region.  The charges cover the costs of processing consent applications, consent monitoring charges, and cost recovery charges associated with environmental incidents.