Partially Operative Otago Regional Policy Statement 2019

The ORC made parts of the proposed Regional Policy Statement operative in January 2019, forming the Partially Operative Regional Policy Statement 2019. Some proposed provisions were not made operative because they were not finalised at that stage, being subject to ongoing appeals or lacking Environment Court approval.

Most of the remaining proposed provisions are now finalised. The ORC has accordingly approved these provisions to be made operative and added to the Partially Operative Regional Policy Statement 2019 on March 15 2021.

As a result, the Regional Policy Statement for Otago 1998 is now revoked.

Provisions relating to port operations remain under appeal.


The RPS provides an overview of the resource management issues facing Otago. It sets policies and methods to manage Otago's natural and physical resources.

The Regional Policy Statement does not contain rules. It establishes the framework for Otago's regional and district plans.

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