Regional Policy Statement

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


Regional Policy Statement Review

The RPS is under review.  Council released its decisions on Saturday 1 October 2016. Any person who has made a submission has the right to appeal the council’s decisions to the Environment Court (under clause 14 of the First Schedule of the RMA). 

View the Regional Policy Statement Review information >>

NOTE:  All the information below refers to the 1998 Regional Policy Statement.

Purpose of the policy statement

The purpose of a regional policy statement is to promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources, by providing an overview of the resource management issues facing Otago, and setting policies and methods to manage Otago's natural and physical resources.

The Regional Policy Statement contains no rules. The Regional Policy Statement establishes the framework for Otago's regional and district plans.

Status of the policy statement

The Regional Policy Statement became operative on 1 October 1998.  The proposed RPS is now publicly notified. 

The operative RPS is under review and remains in force until the review is completed - to view information the review click here.  Local authorities must have regard to both the operative RPS and the proposed RPS when preparing and changing regional or district plans.

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