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1.1 Introduction

Waikato Regional Council has chosen to develop a resource-based Regional Plan in a single process to acknowledge the interconnected nature of the environment. Adopting this approach has also kept costs to a minimum for all involved in the process.

The Waikato Regional Plan has been developed in an open consultative manner. The development process has involved the publication of a Draft Issues and Directions document in October 1996, and Outline Plan in April 1997, and a Consultative Draft Plan in December 1997. These documents were produced to enable people with an interest in the management of the natural and physical resources of the Waikato Region to express their views on, and contribute to, the directions being taken.

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