The regional council's (Environment Canterbury) 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 freshwater, 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 ten City or District Councils – Christchurch City, Ashburton, Hurunui, Kaikoura, Mackenzie, Selwyn, Timaru, Waimakariki, Waimate, Waitaki – each has its 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.