The Taranaki Regional Council’s regional plans include objectives, policies and rules to manage the natural resources across the region.

  • Regional plans manage natural resources – the use of water, discharges to water, discharges to air or land and activities which cause things like soil erosion or contamination. Regional plans set out policy and rule for the management of fresh water, air, productive land and natural ecosystems across the region. These policies and rules set the requirements for each of the district councils in the region.

E.g. rules for discharges, water takes, cultivation etc. 

There are currently four regional plans for Taranaki. The Regional Fresh Water Plan, Regional Soil Plan, Regional Coastal Plan and Regional Air Quality Plan. The Fresh Water Plan is currently under review and will be merged with the Soil plan into a Regional Freshwater and Land Management Plan.

There are three District Councils – New Plymouth, Stratford and South Taranaki – each have their own District Plans.

  • District Plans set out policy and rules for land use activities and subdivision, they manage land based on mapped ‘zones’ (e.g. Rural Zone, Residential Zone, Lifestyle Zone)

E.g. rules for noise limits, earthworks, height or site coverage standards for buildings and structures, sets out activities which can occur without a resource consent in each zone.