Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement 2021

The Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement 2021 (Proposed RPS 21) sets the direction for future management of Otago's natural and physical resources.

It sets out what we want for Otago, what’s stopping us achieving this, and how we will solve those problems. Proposed RPS 21 identifies the significant resource management issues for the region. It also explains how national direction on resource management will be applied in the Otago context and provides direction on how to balance potentially conflicting requirements.

Proposed RPS 21 doesn’t contain rules. Instead it provides high-level guidance by way of policies and objectives and establishes the framework for Otago's regional and district plans in which resource management policies, objectives and rules will sit.

We notified Otago’s Proposed RPS 21 on 26 June 2021. Read the public notice here

​The submissions period closed on 3 September 2021. ORC staff are now summarising the decisions sought by submitters. A summary of these will be available on this page when this process is complete. Submitters will then have the opportunity to make further submissions.​

Please note:

We have received requests for an extension to the period for lodging submission on the proposed RPS21.
ORC acknowledges that the sudden shift into Level 4 Lockdown on 17 August has presented some challenges for everyone, including those who wish to submit on the  proposed RPS21.

In recognition of this, ORC suggests that if you make a submission after the closing date you can do so with a request for a time waiver for lateness. We will recommend to the Commission hearing the RPS that late submissions be accepted (provided they are received before we notify the Summary of Decisions Requested) on the basis that no person would have been disadvantaged.

When we notified the proposed RPS21, staff provided an additional 10 working days, to account for any unanticipated events, such as a full lockdown, occurring. This means the period for receiving submissions is 50 working days, more than is required by the Resource Management Act 1991 and any of the government consultations underway when lockdown started.


Read the Proposed RPS 21

Read the Proposed RPS 21 ePlan​  (see below for help and guidance on using the ePlan)

UPDATE 4/8/21: The ePlan version has been updated from v1.1 to v1.2. No changes have been made to content or structure. The updates are minor technical fixes to improve online functionality, as follows:

        • Definition popups now work correctly for alternative terms (e.g. plurals and acronyms of defined terms).
        • Chapter subheadings are correctly reflected in the navigation sidebar.
        • ePlan formatting is revised to facilitate ePlan administration (this will not affect public user experience).

Read the Proposed RPS 21 as a PDF 

Microsoft Word version available on request by emailing

Read the section 32 evaluation report

Section 32 report

Section 32 report appendices

Read about the review process

Read more about the development of the Proposed RPS 21 here

Help and guidance

We will be adding how-to documents and videos here.

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