Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Regional Policy Statement Commissioners appointed

5 December, 2012

Regional Policy Statement Commissioners appointed

An independent trio which collectively boasts about 80 years’ resource management experience has been appointed to consider hundreds of public submissions on the Northland Regional Council’s Proposed Regional Policy Statement.

A two month period for public comment on the Proposed RPS – the region’s most significant planning document – ended this week (subs: Mon 03 Dec), attracting more than 850 submissions.

Kathryn Ross, the regional council’s General Manager Planning and Policy, says common submission themes included the mapping process identifying the region’s outstanding natural areas and coastal land, as well as genetic engineering.

Ms Ross says with the close of the two-month submission process, the next step is a ‘further submission’ period, where people will have an opportunity to support or oppose those submissions.

“That’s currently scheduled to run for two weeks from Friday 01 to Friday 15 February 2013.”

She says a panel of three independent commissioners will then hear any submitters who wish to speak in support of their submissions - as well any objectors - before considering all submissions that have been made, along with recommendations from council staff.

“The committee will then make recommendations to council on final decisions.”

The three commissioners, whose appointments were confirmed today, (subs: Weds 05 Dec) are Alan Watson (Chair), Brent Cowie and Dave Serjeant.

Ms Ross says the trio is extremely qualified for the role, collectively boasting about 80 years’ of resource management experience.

The man who will chair the committee, Aucklander Alan Watson, has worked extensively with all four Northland-based councils in recent years. Mr Watson also recently chaired a six-member committee hearing to the Waikato Proposed Regional Policy Statement.

Fellow commissioner, Canterbury-based Brent Cowie, recently heard submissions for Chapters 4-8 of the Natural Resources Regional Plan for the Canterbury Regional Council.

The third commissioner, Dave Serjeant, who lives south of Wellsford on the Kaipara Harbour coast, also has a wide range of resource management knowledge.

His specific areas of expertise include regionally significant infrastructure, economics, water quality, riparian management, biodiversity and significant natural areas, coastal and outstanding landscape protection, natural hazards and iwi involvement.

Ms Ross says Northland’s proposed RPS runs to more than 160 pages, as well as more than 1200 pages of supporting documentation and maps.

She says under the Resource Management Act, the RPS must identify the significant resource management issues for Northland and set out how resources such as land, water, soil, minerals, plants, animals and structures will be managed.

“The Proposed RPS represents a vast amount of effort by Northland Regional Council staff working closely with a seven-member committee of regional councillors, the Deputy Mayors of the Far North and Kaipara Districts and a senior Whangarei District Councillor.”

She says the proposed RPS doesn’t set rules itself, but does filter down into district and regional plans which contain the rules around how people, businesses and industry use Northland’s resources.

Politicians from all three Northland district councils – as well as the regional council - played a key role in its development.

The Proposed RPS and supporting documents are available online via www.nrc.govt.nz/newRPS or as hard copies at regional council offices and at public libraries.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news