Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement 2021

Otago Regional Council notified the proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement 2021 (Proposed RPS) in June 2021. 

The RPS sets the direction for future management of Otago's natural and physical resources. An RPS doesn’t contain rules - instead it provides high-level guidance through policies and objectives which establishes the framework for Otago's regional and district plans.

Background and NPSFM 2020 context
  • The Otago Regional Council were directed by the Minster of the Environment to prepare and notify a new RPS by November 2020 (this was extended to June 2021).
  • The RPS is intended to be in place (operative) in time for the review of the Water Plan, scheduled to be notified as the Land and Water Regional Plan by the end of 2023.
  • The NPSFM 2020 requires Councils to, with tangata whenua and communities to develop long-term freshwater visions for Freshwater Management Units (FMUs), in their region. These freshwater visions are included as objectives in the new proposed Otago RPS.
HortNZ's submission

HortNZ made a submission in September 2021 in the best interests of growers. The key themes raised in HortNZ's submission were:

  • The need to provide for food production and food security.
  • Recognise the benefits of land use change, including enabling diversification to horticulture as part of transition to a low emissions economy. 
  • Recognition of highly productive land and the need to protect this resource.
  • The importance of water for horticulture.