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Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement 2021

The Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement 2021 (Proposed 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.

The Proposed RPS was notified for submissions on 26 June 2021 - submissions closed 3 September 2021.

 Click here to read HortNZ's submission

The hearing for the Proposed RPS will follow the freshwater planning process (rather than the standard 'Schedule 1 process) - this means that submissions will be heard by freshwater commissioners. There are no appeals to the Environment Court.

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.