Development of the RPS
The operative Regional Policy Statement (RPS) for the Wellington region was developed by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), beginning in 2005 with a review of the 1995 RPS and then significant work collaborating with the other councils in the Wellington region.
The initial review culminated with the release of a draft version of the RPS for public comment in March 2008. Details of this process can be found here. Newsletters on the review were also released from 2007 to 2009.
Following the discussions on the draft document, the RPS was officially proposed in March 2009, allowing the public to make formal submissions on the document. The submission process closed on 25 May 2009, with a summary of all submissions being made available on 11 July. On 8 August, the opportunity to provide further submissions closed.
Following close of submissions, a staff report was prepared for each chapter, section or provision of the proposed RPS that were submitted on. This report included a summaries and discussions of the submissions, and recommended decisions and changes to the proposed Regional Policy Statement as a result of the submissions – click here for volumes 1 and 2 of the report.
The proposed RPS then went to hearing between 3 and 16 November 2009. Decisions on submissions made by the hearing panel were approved by the Wellington Regional Council on 18 May 2010 and publicly notified on 22 May 2010. For more information on the hearing, click here.
Information on the “decision version” of the proposed RPS, including changes as a result of decision made at hearing, was released in May 2010 and can be found here.
Appeals on the proposed RPS
Following the release of the “decision version” of the proposed RPS, appeals on fourteen issues in the proposed RPS were lodged with the Environment Court. Between 2010 and 2012, the GWRC worked with mediators at the Environment Court and all appellant and interested parties to resolve these appeals. By the end of 2012, consent orders confirming the resolution of all appeals were received, meaning that the need to for any appeals to be heard in Court was avoided.
A “consent orders version” of the proposed RPS, with consent orders shown in tracked changes, can be found here. Please note that this version is unformatted and contains some numbering and editing errors which have been updated in the final operative version.
Following the resolution of all appeals, the Wellington Region Council confirmed on 26 February 2013 to make the RPS operative in April 2013. Following publishing and printing, the RPS was formally made operative on 24 April 2013.