This Waikato Regional Coastal Plan is fully operative.
It was adopted by Council in July 2004, excluding the proposed Marine Farming and Marinas variations. It incorporates changes made as a result of variations to the proposed Coastal Plan, Environment Court decisions, and minor amendments, in addition to changes required by the Minister of Conservation.
The Marine Farming Variation was adopted in part by Council in December 2005, incorporating changes made as a result of Environment Court decisions, minor amendments, and changes required by the Minister of Conservation.
The Marinas Variation was adopted by Council in February 2006 and approved by the Minister of Conservation in Accordance with clause 19 of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991 in June 2007.
In accordance with policy 29 of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement gazetted on 4 November 2010, all references to restricted coastal activities have been removed from the Waikato Regional Coastal Plan effective from Thursday 24 February 2011. All activities that were restricted coastal activities have reverted to being discretionary.
As a result of the realignment of the boundary between Waikato Regional Council and the new Auckland Council, an area of the coastal marine area between Kaiaua and Matingarahi has been transferred to the Waikato Region. This area, shown on map 8A in Appendix III, remains subject to the planning documents promulgated by the Auckland Regional Council until such time as the Waikato Regional Council amends the Waikato Regional Coastal Plan to address this area. The relevant planning documents are the Auckland Transitional Coastal Plan, the Auckland Regional Plan: Coastal, and Variation 2 to the Auckland Regional Plan: Coastal. The boundary change took effect on 1 November 2010.
Plan Change 1: Minor Changes was adopted by Council in June 2009 and approved by the Minister of Conservation in Accordance with clause 19 of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991 in May 2011.
The Resource Management Amendment Act (No 2) 2011 inserted new provisions relating to marine farming into the Plan. These changes took effect on 1 October 2011.