Otago Regional Policy Statement Review

Otago’s Regional Policy Statement is under review. The new proposed RPS aims to ensure Otago’s natural and built resources are managed well, now and for the future.

Well-managed resources provide for Otago’s social, economic, cultural, and environmental wellbeing; community health and safety; and for future generations.

How does the proposed RPS affect you?

District and regional councils need to give effect to the RPS when making district or regional plans, or making decisions about resource consents. This means that the proposed RPS affects what people and communities can and cannot do when using natural resources, subdividing or developing land, or undertaking a land use activity.

The Regional Policy Statement sets the direction for future management of Otago's natural and physical resources. It provides the foundation for development of regional plans and district plans.

The process so far

The proposed Regional Policy Statement was publicly notified on 23 May 2015. A total of 156 submissions and 42 further submissions were received. The hearing panel heard or received evidence from 88 submitters in November 2015.

The panel deliberated from December 2015 to September 2016.

The council released its decisions on Saturday 1 October 2016.  The appeal period closed on Friday 9 December 2016, and. 26 notices of appeals were received.

People then had the opportunity to lodge and serve a notice under section 274 of the Resource Management Act 1991,  to become a party to the proceedings. This period closed on Monday 23 January 2017.

ORC, appellants and section 274 parties now have the opportunity to mediate on the issues raised in appeals. Any issues not resolved through mediation will become the subject of an Environment Court hearing.

RPS Process

View and download documents

Copies of the following documents are also available directly from the ORC.

Appeals

Appeals closed on Friday 9 December 2016. The period for lodging notice to become a party to proceedings under section 274 of the Resource Management Act 1991 closed on 23 January 2017.

The following version of the Regional Policy Statement incorporates the relief requested by appellants against each provision, for consideration in consenting and policy development processes.

Proposed Regional Policy Statement for Otago - Council Decisions Version - Appeals marked in (2 MB)

Further information about the appeals process is available on the Ministry for the Environment website here.

Appeals lodged

Please note:  To ensure manageable file sizes, annexures and appendices have not been included if the content they provide is already available on the Council website.  The reference numbers provided are allocated by the Environment Court.

69 - Rayonier New Zealand Limited (174 KB)
82 - Trust Power (391 KB)
84 - Dunedin City Council (301 KB) 
85 - Ravensdown Limited (92 KB)
86 - Port Otago Ltd (86 KB)
102 - Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand (507 KB)
102 - Appendix A (312 KB)
102 - Appendix B (312 KB)
103 - Oceana Gold NZ Ltd (204 KB)
104 - Aurora Energy Ltd (297 KB)
105 - Clutha District Council (407 KB)
106 - Wise Response Inc (202 KB)
108 - Ayrburn Farm Developments and Bridesdale Farm Developments Ltd (105 KB)
109 - Real Journeys (245 KB)
110 - Darby Planning LP (201 KB)

111 - Henley Downs Land Holding Ltd (236 KB)
112 - Alliance Group Ltd (169 KB)
113 - Transpower Ltd (9 MB)

114 - Horticulture New Zealand (93 KB)
115 - BP Oil NZ Ltd and others (462 KB)
117 - Queenstown Airport Corporation Limited (230 KB)
119 - Remarkables Park Ltd and Queenstown Park Ltd (446 KB)
120 - Federated Farmers of NZ (353 KB)
121 - Pioneer Energy Ltd (343 KB)
122 - Environment Defence Society (669 KB)
123 - Central Otago District Council (5 MB)
124 - Otago Water Resource Users Group (1 MB)
125 - Tumuaki for Waitaha Tai Whenua o Waitaki Trust Board (253 KB)

Index of submitters (including submitter number and addresses for service) (142 KB)

Index of further submitters (including further submitter number and addresses for service) (60 KB)

Council Decisions on the Proposed Regional Policy Statement

Public Notice of Decision on the Proposed Regional Policy Statement for Otago (97 KB)

Decisions of Council on the Proposed Regional Policy Statement for Otago (866 KB)

Section 32AA Report – Further Analysis of Recommended Changes (501 KB)

Proposed Regional Policy Statement for Otago, incorporating Council decisions, (tracked text version) (2 MB)

Proposed Regional Policy Statement for Otago, incorporating Council Decisions (clean version) (2 MB)

Comparison of notified and decision version provisions (213 KB)

Hearing

Hearing Evidence
Evidence presented at the hearing is available here.

Section 41C Report (following hearing of submitters) (615 KB)

Section 42A report on decisions requested (738 KB)
This report, which summarises the assessment of the decisions requested by submitters and further submitters was prepared in accordance with Section 42A of the RMA.

Summary of decisions requested by submitters and further submitters

Summary of Decisions Requested incorporating further submissions - by provision (11 MB)
This document summarises the submissions and further submissions received, grouped by provision.

Summary of Decisions Requested - by submitter (4 MB)
This document summarises the submissions received, grouped by submitter.

Summary of Decisions Requested - by provision (3 MB)
This document summaries the submissions and further submissions received, grouped by provision.

Summary of Decisions Requested - beyond the scope (26 KB)

Submissions and further submissions

 Index of submitters (including submitter number and addresses for service) (142 KB)

Index of further submitters (including further submitter number and addresses for service) (60 KB)

Submissions


This link takes you to full copies of the submissions.

Index of further submitters (60 KB)

Further submissions 1001 - 1010 (4 MB)

Further submissions 1011 - 1020 (6 MB)

Further submissions 1021 - 1030 (6 MB)

Further submissions 1031 - 1040 (9 MB)

Further submissions 1041 - 1042 (7 MB)

Proposed RPS as notified 23 May 2015

Proposed RPS document (3 MB)
You can also view this document in hard copy at public libraries

Section 32 evaluation report (780 KB)
This report considers the cost and benefits of the proposed RPS

RPS Brochure (6 MB)
A brochure giving a brief overview of the proposed RPS

RPS Public notice (66 KB)
A public notice giving a brief overview of the proposed RPS

FAQ (122 KB)
This document provides some further detail about common questions


Background:  The Regional Policy Statement review process

The development of an RPS is required by the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

The RPS gives an overview of the significant resource management issues facing Otago, including issues significant to takata whenua, and sets out how Otago’s resources are managed to ensure a good environment and to create thriving communities that are resilient to the challenges ahead.


Issues and options consultation

In May/June 2014 an Issues and Options document providing a background to the RPS issues was distributed throughout Otago and public meetings were held to hear the community’s views.

One hundred and fourteen feedback forms were received.

This feedback, along with input from Otago's district and city councils and key stakeholders, was used to assist preparation of the consultation draft of the Regional Policy Statement.

Regional Policy Statement Review presentation May/June 2014 (843 KB)
Otago's future: Issues and Options document May 2014 (1MB)

Issues and options feedback received


Pre-notification consultation

The RMA requires Otago Regional Council to consult with a number of parties before the Proposed RPS is notified (Clause 3 of the First Schedule of the RMA).

We received 48 written comments and met with a range of organisations, leading to further changes being made to the consultation draft. 

RPS Consultation Draft (3 MB)
Consultation feedback received (18 MB)

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