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Operative Waikato Regional Policy Statement - Te Tauākī Kaupapahere Te-Rohe O Waikato

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Table of contents

Chairperson’s foreword
1 Role and purpose of regional policy statements
2 Other relevant legislation
3 Relationships with other policies and plans
  3.1 National policy statements
  3.2 National environmental standards
  3.3 Regulations
  3.4 Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River
  3.5 Iwi planning documents
  3.6 Statutory acknowledgements
  3.7 Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011
  3.8 Regional plans
  3.9 District plans
  3.10 Other plans and strategies
4 Integrated management
5 Policy horizon
Reader’s guide
1 Structure of the Regional Policy Statement
  1.1 Outline
  1.2 Issues of significance to iwi authorities
2 General interpretation
3 Area covered by the Regional Policy Statement
1 Issues
   Issue 1.1 State of resources
   Issue 1.2  Effects of climate change
   Issue 1.3  Providing for energy demand
   Issue 1.4  Managing the built environment
   Issue 1.5  Relationship of tāngata whenua with the environment (te taiao)
   Issue 1.6  Health and wellbeing of the Waikato River catchment
2 Te Ture Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato – Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River
  2.1 Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Claims (Waikato River) Settlement Act 2010
  2.2 Ngati Tuwharetoa, Raukawa, and Te Arawa River Iwi Waikato River Act 2010
  2.3 Nga Wai o Maniapoto (Waipa River) Act 2012
  2.4 Waikato Regional Policy Statement
  2.5 Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River
  2.5.1 Vision for the Waikato River
  2.5.2 Objectives for the Waikato River
  2.5.3 Strategies for the Waikato River
3 Objectives
  3.1 Integrated management
  3.2 Resource use and development
  3.3 Decision making
  3.4 Health and wellbeing of the Waikato River
  3.5 Energy
  3.6 Adapting to climate change
  3.7 Coastal environment
  3.8 Ecosystem services
  3.9 Relationship of tāngata whenua with the environment
  3.10 Sustainable and efficient use of resources
  3.11 Air quality
  3.12 Built environment
  3.13 Mauri and health of marine waters
  3.14 Mauri and values of fresh water bodies
  3.15 Allocation and use of fresh water
  3.16 Riparian areas and wetlands
  3.17 Geothermal
  3.18 Historic and cultural heritage
  3.19 Ecological integrity and indigenous biodiversity
  3.20 Outstanding natural features and landscapes
  3.21 Amenity
  3.22 Natural character
  3.23 Public access
  3.24 Natural hazards
  3.25 Values of soil
  3.26 High class soils
3.27 Minimum housing targets for the Future Proof area
 4 Integrated management
   Policy 4.1  Integrated approach
    Implementation methods
    4.1.1  Amendments to regional and district plans
    4.1.2  Land use change and intensification
    4.1.3  Co-ordinated approach
    4.1.4  Plans and strategies
    4.1.5  Environmental management plans
    4.1.6  Advocacy and education
    4.1.7  Managing the coastal environment
    4.1.8  Identifying extent of the coastal environment
    4.1.9  Planning approach
    4.1.10  Economic instruments
    4.1.11  Offsite mitigation of adverse effects
    4.1.12  Other plans and strategies
    4.1.13  Incorporating effects of climate change
    4.1.14  Monitoring and information gathering
   Policy 4.2  Collaborative approach
    Implementation methods
    4.2.1 Co-ordinated approaches to resource management
    4.2.2 Local authority implementation agreements
    4.2.3 Recognition of interests
    4.2.4 Consistent information systems
    4.2.5 Joint planning
    4.2.6 General cross-boundary issues
    4.2.7 Cross-boundary issues specific to Bay of Plenty Regional Council
    4.2.8 Hauraki Gulf Forum
    4.2.9 Hazardous substances
    4.2.10 Natural hazards
    4.2.11 Indigenous biodiversity
  Policy 4.3 Tāngata whenua
    Implementation methods
    4.3.1 Strategic partnerships with iwi authorities
    4.3.2 Tāngata whenua involvement
    4.3.3 Kaitiakitanga
    4.3.4 Use and enjoyment of resources
  Policy 4.4  Regionally significant industry and primary production
    Implementation methods
    4.4.1 Plan provisions
    4.4.2 Collaboration
 4A Indicative coastal environment maps
    Map 4-1: Overview of indicative coastal environment maps
    Map 4-2: Coastal environment 1
    Map 4-3: Coastal environment 2
    Map 4-4: Coastal environment 3
    Map 4-5: Coastal environment 4
    Map 4-6: Coastal environment 5
    Map 4-7: Coastal environment 6
    Map 4-8: Coastal environment 7
    Map 4-9: Coastal environment 8
    Map 4-10: Coastal environment 9
    Map 4-11: Coastal environment 10
    Map 4-12: Coastal environment 11
    Map 4-13: Coastal environment 12
    Map 4-14: Coastal environment 13
    Map 4-15: Coastal environment 14
    Map 4-16: Coastal environment 15
    Map 4-17: Coastal environment 16
    Map 4-18: Coastal environment 17
5 Air
   Policy 5.1 Improve degraded air quality
    Implementation methods
    5.1.1 Control discharges
    5.1.2 Determine unacceptable risk
    5.1.3 Strategic approach
    5.1.4 Incentives for clean heating appliances and insulation
    5.1.5 Education and advocacy
    5.1.6 Quality wood supply
    5.1.7 Monitor trends in wood burner installations
  Policy 5.2  Manage discharges to air
    Implementation methods
    5.2.1 Control discharges to air
    5.2.2 Determine unacceptable risk
  Policy 5.3  Manage adverse effects on amenity
    Implementation methods
    5.3.1 Control discharges
    5.3.2 Manage air amenity
6 Built environment
  Policy 6.1 Planned and co-ordinated subdivision, use and development
    Implementation methods
    6.1.1 Regional plans, district plans and development planning mechanisms
    6.1.2 Reverse sensitivity
    6.1.3 Advocacy
    6.1.4 Development manuals and design codes
    6.1.5 District plan provisions for rural-residential development
    6.1.6 Growth strategies
    6.1.7 Urban development planning
    6.1.8 Information to support new urban development and subdivision
    6.1.9 Other party involvement
    6.1.10 Economic instruments
  Policy 6.2  Planning for development in the coastal environment
    Implementation methods
    6.2.1 Planning for development in the coastal environment
    6.2.2 Provisions for inland migration of habitats
    6.2.3 Coastal development setback (new development)
    6.2.4 Coastal development setback (existing development)
   Policy 6.3 Co-ordinating growth and infrastructure
    Implementation methods
    6.3.1 Plan provisions
    6.3.2 Aligning infrastructure and land use planning
    6.3.3 Urban growth outside of growth strategy areas
    6.3.4 Planning for land use and transport
    6.3.5 Transport planning
    6.3.6 Future infrastructure changes and upgrades
    6.3.7 Working with neighbouring regions
    6.3.8 Integrated Transport Assessments
    6.3.9 Strategic planning for infrastructure within the coastal marine area and connections with land
   Policy 6.4 Marae and papakāinga
    Implementation methods
    6.4.1 Provision for marae and papakāinga
    6.4.2 Sustainability of marae and papakāinga
  Policy 6.5  Energy demand management
    Implementation methods
    6.5.1 District plan provisions
    6.5.2 Advocacy and education
    6.5.3 Development manuals and design codes
    6.5.4 Managing travel demand
    6.5.5 Local transport strategies
    6.5.6 Public transport services
    6.5.7 Waste minimisation
  Policy 6.6 Significant infrastructure and energy resources 
     Implementation methods
     6.6.1 Plan provisons
     6.6.2 Transmission corridor management approach
     6.6.3 Collaboration
     6.6.4 Regional Land Transport Plan
     6.6.5 Measures to avoid adverse effects
     6.6.6 Resilience of regionally significant infrastructure
  Policy 6.7 Mangatawhiri and Mangatangi municipal water supply bodies
     Implementation methods
     6.7.1 Regional and district plans
  Policy 6.8 Access to minerals
     Implementation methods
     6.8.1 identification of mineral resources
     6.8.2 Plan provisions
     6.8.3 Managing effects of development on mineral resources
     6.8.4 Mineral haulage
  Policy 6.9 Information collection
     Implementation methods
     6.9.1 Keeping records
     6.9.2 Reporting on development and infrastructure trends
     6.9.3 Report on the Regional Land Transport Plan
  Policy 6.10  Implementing the Coromandel Peninsula Blueprint
     Implementation methods
     6.10.1 District plan provisions
     6.10.2 Spatial planning maps of district plan and regional plans
  Policy 6.11 Implementing Taupo District 2050
     Implementation methods
     6.11.1 District plan provisions
     6.11.2 Structure planning
     6.11.3 Co-ordinated approach
  Policy 6.12 Implementing Franklin District Growth Strategy
     Implementation methods
     6.12.1 Managing growth
     6.12.2 Industrial land development
     6.12.3 Future growth strategy
  Policy 6.13 Governance collaboration in the Future Proof area
     Implementation methods
     6.13.1 Resourcing implementation
     6.13.2 Consultation
     6.13.3 Implementation protocols
  Policy 6.14  Adopting Future Proof land use pattern
     Implementation methods
     6.14.1 District plan provisions
     6.14.2 Land release
     6.14.3 Criteria for alternative land release
  Policy 6.15  Density targets for Future Proof area
     Implementation methods
     6.15.1 District plan provisions and other mechanisms
     6.15.2 Advocacy
     6.15.3 Hamilton infill target
  Policy 6.16 Commercial development in the Future Proof area
     Implementation methods
     6.16.1 District plan provisions
     6.16.2 Advocacy
  Policy 6.17 Rural-residential development in Future Proof area
     Implementation methods
     6.17.1 District plan provisions and growth strategies
     6.17.2 Rural-residential development around Hamilton
     6.17.3 Directing development to rural-residential zones
  Policy 6.18 Monitoring development in Future Proof area
     Implementation methods
     6.18.1 Reporting
  Policy 6.19 Review of Future Proof map and tables
     Implementation methods
     6.19.1 Review of positions
6A  Development principles
6B Significant transport infrastructure maps
6C Future Proof map (indicative only)
6D Future Proof tables
7 Coastal marine area
  Policy 7.1 Interests in the coastal marine area
    Implementation methods
    7.1.1 Allocation of space within the coastal marine area
    7.1.2 Crown’s interest in the coastal marine area
    7.1.3 Occupation charging in the coastal marine area
    7.1.4 Aquaculture strategy
    7.1.5 Coastal marine strategy
   Policy 7.2 Marine water quality
    Implementation methods
    7.2.1 Marine water types
    7.2.2 Activities affecting water quality
    7.2.3 Promotion of initiatives to improve water quality
    7.2.4 Information gathering
8 Fresh water bodies
   Policy 8.1 Approach to identifying fresh water body values and managing fresh water bodies
    Implementation methods
    8.1.1 Integrated catchment management of water resources
    8.1.2 Identify fresh water body values
    8.1.3 Recognise values, and establish fresh water objectives, limits and targets
    8.1.4 Matters to be considered when identifying values
    8.1.5 Manage adverse effects to meet identified limits and targets
    8.1.6 Tāngata whenua involvement
    8.1.7 Stakeholder involvement
    8.1.8 Information gathering
   Policy 8.2 Outstanding fresh water bodies and significant values of wetlands
    Implementation methods
    8.2.1 Identify outstanding fresh water bodies and the significant values of wetlands
    8.2.2 Managing outstanding fresh water bodies and the significant values of wetlands
   Policy 8.3 All fresh water bodies
    Implementation methods
    8.3.1 Point source discharges
    8.3.2 Activities in riparian areas
    8.3.3 Non-point source discharges
    8.3.4 Establish allocation baselines
    8.3.5 Maintain and enhance lake and wetland water levels
    8.3.6 Management of degraded fresh water bodies
    8.3.7 Management of lakes
    8.3.8 Natural functioning and ecological health of fresh water bodies and coastal water
    8.3.9 Industry self-management
    8.3.10 Effects of subdivision, use and development
    8.3.11 Advocacy and education
  Policy 8.4 Catchment-based intervention
    Implementation methods
    8.4.1 Identify catchments for specific intervention
    8.4.2 Process for determining catchment management approach
    8.4.3 Nutrient-sensitive fresh water bodies
    8.4.4 Work with primary industry
  Policy 8.5 Waikato River catchment
    Implementation methods
    8.5.1 Regional and district plans
    8.5.2 Joint management approach
    8.5.3 Education and advocacy
  Policy 8.6 Allocating fresh water
    Implementation methods
    8.6.1 Manage allocation of fresh water
  Policy 8.7 Efficient use of fresh water
    Implementation methods
    8.7.1 Manage the use of fresh water
    8.7.2 Water conservation
8A Modified fresh water bodies
8B Freshwater bodies and wetlands that have high water quality
8B Map of fresh water bodies and wetlands
8C Priority catchments map
9 Geothermal
  Policy 9.1 Sustainable management of the Regional Geothermal Resource
    Implementation methods
    9.1.1 Classification of geothermal systems
    9.1.2 Identification of Protected Geothermal Systems
    9.1.3 Mapping of Large Geothermal Systems
    9.1.4 Define large-scale takes
    9.1.5 Conserving geothermal energy and water
    9.1.6 Remediation and mitigation
    9.1.7 Use of land and non-geothermal water within geothermal systems
    9.1.8 Growth management strategies
    9.1.9 Environmental education and community groups
    9.1.10 Assist landowners and occupiers
    9.1.11 Research and monitoring
    9.1.12 Information requirements
  Policy 9.2 Significant Geothermal Features
    Implementation methods
    9.2.1 Significant Geothermal Features within Protected, Research and Small Geothermal Systems
    9.2.2 Significant Geothermal Features within Development and Limited Development Geothermal Systems
    9.2.3 Managing effects on Significant Geothermal Features within Development and
Limited Development Geothermal Systems
    9.2.4 Mitigation of adverse effects
    9.2.5 Waikato Regional Council works
  Policy 9.3  Development Geothermal Systems
    Implementation methods
    9.3.1 Large-scale takes and use
    9.3.2 Small- and medium-scale takes and use
    9.3.3 Peer review panel
  Policy 9.4 Limited Development Geothermal Systems
    Implementation methods
    9.4.1 Takes, discharges and other activities in Limited Development Geothermal Systems
  Policy 9.5 Protected Geothermal Systems
    Implementation methods
    9.5.1 Takes, discharges and other activities in Protected Geothermal Systems
  Policy 9.6  Research Geothermal Systems
    Implementation methods
    9.6.1 Takes and discharges in Research Geothermal Systems
  Policy 9.7 Small Geothermal Systems
    Implementation methods
    9.7.1 Takes, discharges and other uses in Small Geothermal Systems
   Policy 9.8 Geothermal characteristics valued by tāngata whenua
    Implementation methods
    9.8.1 Characteristics of the Regional Geothermal Resource significant to tāngata whenua
    9.8.2 Hapū and iwi geothermal management plans
    9.8.3 Statutory documents
9A Geothermal systems
9B Significant Geothermal Feature types
10 Heritage
   Policy 10.1  Managing historic and cultural heritage
    Implementation methods
    10.1.1 Regional heritage forum
    10.1.2 Regional heritage inventory
    10.1.3 Identification and assessment
  Policy 10.2 Relationship of Māori to taonga
    Implementation methods
    10.2.1 Sensitive information
    10.2.2 Identification of taonga
    10.2.3 Maintaining or enhancing tāngata whenua relationships with their rohe
    10.2.4 Information and advocacy
  Policy 10.3 Effects of development on historic and cultural heritage
    Implementation methods
    10.3.1 Protect historic and cultural heritage from inappropriate subdivision use and development
    10.3.2 Inappropriate subdivision, use and development
10A Historic and cultural heritage assessment criteria
    Explanation of terms:
11 Indigenous biodiversity
  Policy 11.1 Maintain or enhance indigenous biodiversity
    Implementation methods
    11.1.1 Maintain or enhance indigenous biodiversity
    11.1.2 Adverse effects on indigenous biodiversity
    11.1.3 Avoidance, remediation, mitigation and offsetting (for indigenous biodiversity that is not significant)
    11.1.4 Recognition of activities having minor adverse effects on indigenous biodiversity
    11.1.5 Information gathering
    11.1.6 Biodiversity inventory
    11.1.7 Threatened species information
    11.1.8 Plan development
    11.1.9 Pest management
    11.1.10 Funding and assistance
    11.1.11 Local indigenous biodiversity strategies
  Policy 11.2  Protect significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna
    Implementation methods
    11.2.1 Identify areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna
    11.2.2 Protect areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna
    11.2.3 Assess significance
    11.2.4 Identify threats to areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna
  Policy 11.3 Collaborative management
    Implementation methods
    11.3.1 Working with tāngata whenua
    11.3.2 Education and advocacy
  Policy 11.4 Safeguard coastal/marine ecosystems
    Implementation methods
    11.4.1 Regional and district plans
    11.4.2 Marine protected areas
11A Criteria for determining significance of indigenous biodiversity
11B Significant indigenous biodiversity roles and responsibilities
11C Opoutere and Wharekawa Harbour – Area of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna
12 Landscape (including seascape), natural character and amenity
   Policy 12.1 Outstanding natural features and landscapes
    Implementation methods
    12.1.1 Protect values of outstanding natural features and landscapes
    12.1.2 Identify outstanding natural features and landscapes of significance at a district level
    12.1.3 Values of outstanding natural features and landscapes to tāngata whenua
   Policy 12.2 Preserve natural character
    Implementation methods
    12.2.1 District and regional plans
    12.2.1 Enhance natural character where compromised
   Policy 12.3 Maintain and enhance areas of amenity value
    Implementation methods
    12.3.1 Maintain and enhance areas of amenity value
    12.3.2 Amenity value of the coastal environment
    12.3.3 Enhance public values in the coastal environment
   Policy 12.4 Maintain and enhance public access
    Implementation methods
    12.4.1 Regional and district plans
    12.4.2 Enhance public access
   Policy 12.5 Appropriate restrictions on public access
    Implementation methods
    12.5.1 Restrictions on public access
    12.5.2 Regional plan restrictions on vehicle use in the coastal environment
    12.5.3 Other mechanisms for restricting vehicle use in the coastal environment
12A Outstanding natural features and landscapes
12B Landscape assessment approach
12C Natural character of the coastal environment: assessment criteria
13 Natural hazards
   Policy 13.1 Natural hazard risk management approach
    Implementation methods
    13.1.1 Risk management framework
    13.1.2 Define primary hazard zones
    13.1.3 Assess natural hazard risk to communities
    13.1.4 Regional natural hazards forum
    13.1.5 Information, education and advocacy
   Policy 13.2  Manage activities to reduce the risks from natural hazards
    Implementation methods
    13.2.1 Control of subdivision within areas of intolerable risk
    13.2.2 Identification of areas of coastal hazard risk and high risk flood zones
    13.2.3 Control of structures within primary hazard zones
    13.2.4 Floodplain management
    13.2.5 Control of use and development (high risk flood zones and areas of high coastal hazard risk)
    13.2.6 Control of development within a floodplain or coastal hazard area
    13.2.7 Control of subdivision, use and development (residual risk zones)
    13.2.8 Control of subdivision, use and development for other natural hazards and associated risk
   Policy 13.3  High impact, low probability natural hazard events
    Implementation methods
    13.3.1 Planning for readiness, response and recovery
    13.3.2 Advocacy
14 Soils
   Policy 14.1 Maintain or enhance the life supporting capacity of the soil resource
    Implementation methods
    14.1.1 Manage the effects of activities to maintain soil quality and reduce risk of erosion
    14.1.2 Soil conservation
    14.1.3 Research and advocacy
    14.1.4 Pest management
   Policy 14.2 High class soils
    Implementation methods
    14.2.1 Manage the form and location of development
    14.2.2 Provision of information
   Policy 14.3 Soil contaminants
    Implementation methods
    14.3.1 Control discharges to land
    14.3.2 Research, advocacy and education
   Policy 14.4 Contaminated land
    Implementation methods
    14.4.1 District plans
    14.4.2 Regional plans
    14.4.3 Approach to identifying and remediating contaminated land
    14.4.4 Advocacy
   Policy 14.5 Peat soils
    Implementation methods
    14.5.1 Manage peat subsidence
    14.5.2 Research
    14.5.3 Advocacy and education
15 Monitoring and evaluation
  15.1 General
  15.2 Review existing procedures for monitoring
  15.3 Tāngata whenua involvement
  15.4 Environmental results anticipated
  15.4.1 Integrated management
  15.4.2 Air
  15.4.3 Built environment
  15.4.4 Coastal marine area
  15.4.5 Fresh water bodies
  15.4.6 Geothermal
  15.4.7 Heritage
  15.4.8 Indigenous biodiversity
  15.4.9 Landscape, natural character and amenity
  15.4.10 Natural hazards
  15.4.11 Soils
  15.5 Giving effect to the Regional Policy Statement
16 Principal reasons for adopting
  16.1 Background
  16.2 Objectives
  16.3 Policies and implementation methods
  Appendix 1: Statutory acknowledgements
  1 Statutory acknowledgements
  1.1 Purpose of statutory acknowledgements
  1.2 Having regard to statutory acknowledgements
  2 Statutory acknowledgements within the Waikato region
  3 Statutory acknowledgement for Ngāti Tūwharetoa
  4 Statutory acknowledgement for the people of Pouakani
  5 Statutory acknowledgement for Te Arawa
  6 Statutory acknowledgement for Affiliate Te Arawa Iwi and Hapū
  6.1 Statutory areas
  6.2 Statements of association
  6.3 Affiliate Te Arawa Iwi and Hapu Claim Settlement Act 2008
  6.4 Geothermal Statutory Areas
  6.5 Statements of Association
  6.6 Affiliate Te Arawa Iwi and Hapu Claim Settlement Act 2008
  7 Statutory acknowledgement for Maraeroa A and B Blocks
  7.1 Statutory areas
  7.2 Statements of association
  7.3 Maraeroa A and B Blocks Claims Settlement Act 2012
  8 Statutory acknowledgment for Ngāti Koroki Kahukura
  8.1 Statutory areas
  8.2 Statements of association
  8.3 Ngāti Koroki Kahukura Claims Settlement Act 2014
  9 Statutory acknowledgement for Ngāti Hauā
  9.1 Statutory areas
  9.2 Statements of association
  9.3 Ngāti Hauā Claims Settlement Act 2014
  10 Statutory acknowledgement for Raukawa
  10.1 Statutory areas
  10.2 Statements of association
  10.3 Raukawa Claims Settlement Act 2014
  10.4 Geothermal statutory areas
  10.5 Statements of association
  10.6 Raukawa Claims Settlement Act 2014