Kaipara submits to Northland RPS

By Annette Lambly

Kaipara District Council has submitted to the Proposed Regional Policy Statement (RPS) for Northland, a document which seeks to promote sustainable management of Northland's natural and physical resources.

Northland district councils had until yesterday, December 3, to put their submissions to the RPS forward.

Commissioner Richard Booth and chief executive Steve Ruru were charged with overseeing Kaipara's submissions and the council has confirmed it has lodged a detailed submission.

The Kaipara council noted at a recent meeting, the RPS objectives, as a whole, were reasonably consistent with its own district plan, which is under review. Any amendments made to the RPS as a result of submissions could potentially have significant impact on Kaipara's District Plan, since district councils are required to give effect to regional plans and statements.

If the council did not submit, it would not have the opportunity to speak on issues, which might arise at the hearings process.

Issues raised by Kaipara include the regional policy's approach to outstanding landscapes, natural features, coastal environment, heritage areas and natural hazards and irregularities and inconsistencies which have occurred in associated mapping (between the two councils).

Kaipara's policy and planning manager, Mark Vincent said once the RPS becomes effective, the council anticipates its district plan will require a number of updates.

Submission hearings for the RPS are scheduled for April.

- Northern Advocate

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