62 Contents of regional policy statements

(1)

A regional policy statement must state—

(a)

the significant resource management issues for the region; and

(b)

the resource management issues of significance to iwi authorities in the region; and

(c)

the objectives sought to be achieved by the statement; and

(d)

the policies for those issues and objectives and an explanation of those policies; and

(e)

the methods (excluding rules) used, or to be used, to implement the policies; and

(f)

the principal reasons for adopting the objectives, policies, and methods of implementation set out in the statement; and

(g)

the environmental results anticipated from implementation of those policies and methods; and

(h)

the processes to be used to deal with issues that cross local authority boundaries, and issues between territorial authorities or between regions; and

(i)

the local authority responsible in the whole or any part of the region for specifying the objectives, policies, and methods for the control of the use of land—

(i)

to avoid or mitigate natural hazards or any group of hazards; and

(ii)
[Repealed]

(iii)

to maintain indigenous biological diversity; and

(j)

the procedures used to monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of the policies or methods contained in the statement; and

(k)

any other information required for the purpose of the regional council’s functions, powers, and duties under this Act.

(2)

If no responsibilities are specified in the regional policy statement for functions described in subsection (1)(i)(i) or (ii), the regional council retains primary responsibility for the function in subsection (1)(i)(i) and the territorial authorities of the region retain primary responsibility for the function in subsection (1)(i)(ii).

(3)

A regional policy statement must not be inconsistent with any water conservation order and must give effect to a national policy statement, a New Zealand coastal policy statement, or a national planning standard.

Section 62: replaced, on 1 August 2003, by section 25 of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 23).

Section 62(1)(b): replaced, on 1 April 2011, by section 128 of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (2011 No 3).

Section 62(1)(i)(ii): repealed, on 19 April 2017, by section 53(1) of the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 15).

Section 62(3): amended, on 19 April 2017, by section 53(2) of the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 15).