Regional Plan Review
Over the last five years the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) has been working to review the existing regional plans for the Wellington Region. We have learned much about how human activity affects our region’s natural and physical resources and we have worked closely with communities and individuals to develop rules that protect the right things, in the right places.
As a result of this review, a new integrated regional plan - the Proposed Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington Region has been developed. The proposed Plan was approved by Council for public notification on 31 July 2015 and combines coastal and regional plans, as well as incorporating regulatory and non-regulatory methods.
The proposed Plan also identifies five distinct catchment areas (whaitua) within the region. The whaitua process provides a decentralised approach to establishing priorities and programmes within each whaitua through catchment groups called whaitua committees. These committees work collaboratively and use an integrated approach to resource management.
GWRC sends regular newsletters updating people on our work developing the new regional plan. If you would like to receive this newsletter please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the mailing list. Alternatively you can view copies of previous newsletters here.
Submissions on the Proposed Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington Region were open from the 31 July 2015 and closed at 5pm on the 25 September 2015.
GWRC will now prepare a summary of submissions and will let submitters know when and where they can view this summary.
You will then have the opportunity to make a further submission that either supports or opposes a matter in an original submission, on those submissions in which you have an interest that is more than the public interest in general, or for which you are representing a relevant aspect of the public interest.
If you or another submitter requested to be heard in support of your submission, GWRC will hold a hearing. A hearing committee or hearing panel will consider the submissions and hear any evidence that supports the submissions.
A draft Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington Region was published in September 2014 and was made available for public feedback from this time through to November 2014. We received comments, views and suggestions from more than 130 people or organisations and this valuable information helped us develop the Proposed Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington Region.
For more information on the development of the Proposed Natural Resources Plan click here