Measuring Up 2005
The Wellington Regional Council began the review of the 1995 Regional Policy Statement (RPS) with the second State of the Environment Report – Measuring Up 2005 – in December 2005.
The aim of Measuring up 2005 is to find out if we are achieving the objectives in the Regional Policy Statement. The objectives are at listed the start of each chapter of this report, followed by our assessment of where we are doing well, and where improvement is needed.
Promoting sustainable management of the natural and physical resources in the region is fundamental to our work as a regional council. Monitoring is essential to our effective management of these resources. We need to know the state of the environment, why it’s in that state, and whether it’s getting better, getting worse or staying the same. Finally – and this is absolutely essential – we need to know whether our management of the region’s resources needs to be done differently.
Greater Wellington produces a State of the Environment Report every six years. The last was in 1999. Measuring up 2005 is the beginning of a review of our Regional Policy Statement. The review process will give us the chance to propose any changes that might be needed.
Each chapter in this report - one for each chapter of the Regional Policy Statement - is based on an extensive background report that contains detailed analysis of all available data.
Our Region – Their Future
The second stage of the review was the discussion document Our Region – Their Future, released in May 2006.
Our Region – Their Future reported on the success of the 1995 RPS, changes to the issues since it was published, and posed questions about whether resources need to be managed differently.
In June 2007, GWRC released a set of topic reports with draft objectives, policies and methods. These reports covered regional form, biodiversity, landscape and heritage, natural hazards, air quality, iwi resource management, energy, freshwater, the coastal environment, land waste and minerals. We received a number of comments which helped us prepare the draft Regional Policy Statement, 2008. Topic reports are available on request.
Draft Regional Policy Statement 2008
GWRC released the draft Regional Policy Statement in March 2008. The aim of this non-statutory document was to open discussion with all interested parties and receive feedback.
A total of 107 groups, organisations and individuals responded to the draft Regional Policy Statement during the submission period (10 March and 16 May 2008). Between them they contributed close to 1400 submission points on the draft. Key themes to emerge from submissions are noted here.
These submissions helped GWRC to review and revise content for the proposed RPS – further information about key changes can be found here.
A copy of the draft Regional Policy Statement 2008 can be downloaded here.
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