The Regional Policy Statement (RPS) sets out the framework and priorities for resource management in the Wellington region. The Resource Management Act 1991 (the Act) requires all regional councils to produce an RPS for their region and review it every 10 years.

A core purpose of the Act is “sustainable management of natural and physical resources”. In this context, sustainable management means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Proposed Change 1 to the Regional Policy Statement for the Wellington Region

We have prepared Proposed Change 1 to the Regional Policy Statement to make changes to the Regional Policy Statement to account for new national direction and to address issues in the Wellington Region. 

The focus of Proposed Change 1 to the Regional Policy Statement is to implement and support the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 (NPS-UD) and to start the implementation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM). We are also addressing issues related to climate change, indigenous biodiversity and high natural character. 

Find out more about Proposed RPS Change 1 content and process.

Insertion of housing bottom lines into the operational Regional Policy Statement

The housing bottom lines for the Wellington Tier 1 urban environment have been directly inserted into the Regional Policy Statement for the Wellington Region 2013 under section 55(2) of the Resource Management Act (RMA).

The National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 requires the housing bottom lines to be inserted into the Regional Policy Statement without using a process Schedule 1 of the RMA (this means submissions cannot be made on these amendments). The following amendments are effective from 19 August 2022.

The Regional Policy Statement for the Wellington Region has been amended to insert Objective 22A and Table 9A as follows:

Objective 22A:

To achieve sufficient development capacity to meet expected housing demand in the short-medium and long term in any tier 1 urban environment within the Wellington Region, the housing bottom lines in Table 9A are to be met or exceeded in the short-medium and long term in the tier 1 urban environment.

Operative Regional Policy Statement for the Wellington Region 2013

The second-generation Regional Policy Statement for the Wellington region (RPS) was made operative on 24 April 2013. Copies of the RPS in full or in sections can be downloaded from the toolbar on the right.

The RPS identifies the regionally significant issues around the management of the regions natural and physical resources and sets out what needs to be achieved (objectives) and the way in which the objectives will be achieved (policies and methods). Regional and district plans and the Regional Land Transport Strategy are required to give effect to the policies 1-34 of the RPS, and to consider policy 35-60.

The RPS also sets out a series of methods that the Wellington Regional Council and its partners will undertake, and how the RPS will be monitored to see how the anticipated results of its policies are being achieved.

The Regional Policy Statement (RPS) sets out the framework and priorities for resource management in the Wellington region. The Resource Management Act 1991 (the Act) requires all regional councils to produce an RPS for their region and review it every 10 years.

A core purpose of the Act is “sustainable management of natural and physical resources”. In this context, sustainable management means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Updated December 6, 2022 at 2:18 PM

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