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Review of the Tairāwhiti Resource Management Plan Underway

Tuesday 7 December 2021

A review of Te Papa Tipu Taunaki o te Tairāwhiti, the Tairāwhiti Resource Management Plan, is underway.

The Tairāwhiti Resource Management Plan, or simply ‘The Tairāwhiti Plan’, is the combined planning document that holds all of Council’s resource management plans and sets the rules on how Council makes decisions on the natural and built environment.

“The importance of this plan cannot be overstated”, says Jo Noble, Chief of Strategy and Science. “The Tairāwhiti Plan includes how and where we can build, outlines how we use and protect land, soil, coasts, and freshwater resources, manages the risk of hazards, and enables economic activity.”

“It’s key to achieving positive social, cultural, and environmental outcomes and affects almost everyone in the district in some way or other.”

The review will happen in two phases and take about eight years to complete.

Phase 1 (years 1-3) includes three main workstreams:

  • Development of a new Regional Policy Statement to provide overarching direction that will set the scene for the rest of the Tairāwhiti Plan.
  • Continuation of regional freshwater planning and catchment plans.
  • Urban growth and development planning, to address growth and housing pressures and implement the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020.

Phase 2 (years 4-8) includes the following:

  • The Coastal Plan.
  • Remaining Regional Plan provisions.
  • Finalising the District Plan.

While an official public consultation period has not yet opened, Council is asking anyone interested to find more information and subscribe for updates on their webpage.

For anyone with specific questions or comments on the review process they can contact the team on TRMP@gdc.govt.nz.