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

 


Chance for extra say on Proposed Regional Policy Statement

Date: 05 February, 2013


Chance for extra say on Proposed Regional Policy Statement

The public is about to get another chance to make further comment on one of Northland’s most important local authority plans – the Northland Regional Council’s Proposed Regional Policy Statement (RPS).

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.

Kathryn Ross, the regional council’s General Manager Planning and Policy, 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 a previous two month long period for public comment on the Proposed RPS ended late last year (subs: 03 Dec 2012), attracting 885 submissions.

“The most common submission themes included genetic engineering, mining, the mapping process identifying the region’s outstanding natural areas and coastal land and economic wellbeing.”

The next step is now a ‘further submission’ period, where people will have an opportunity to support - or oppose - those original submissions.

“It’s important to remember this period is designed to allow for further comment on the issues that have already been identified through previous submissions; it’s not an opportunity to raise new issues,” Ms Ross says.

She says the latest submission period will run for a fortnight, from Monday 18 February to 3pm Friday 01 March.

“If anyone needs help to understand how best to use this opportunity, regional council staff are happy to assist and can be contacted on (0800) 002 004.”

Ms Ross says once the latest submission period ends,a panel of three independent commissioners - which collectively boasts about 80 years’ resource management experience – will then hear from any submitters who wish to speak in support of their submissions – as well any objectors.

“The commissioners will then consider all submissions that have been made, along with recommendations from council staff before making recommendations to councillors on final decisions.”

Ms Ross says although it’s a Northland Regional Council plan, the Proposed RPS represents a great deal of work by councillors and staff from across all four local authorities in the region.

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

She says as part of a lengthy process, regional council staff had worked 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.

“While the Proposed RPS doesn’t set rules itself, it does filter down into district and regional plans which contain the rules around how people, businesses and industry use Northland’s resources so it’s been really important to get that inter-council co-operation.”

There had also been invaluable input from key stakeholders, tangata whenua and the general public and the council was looking forward to more of it during the next phase of further submissions.

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.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news