Planning documents and processes

The Resource Management Act establishes a hierarchy of policy statements and plans which seek to give substance to the sustainable management purpose of the Act with increasing particularity both as to substantive content and locality. 587 . This hierarchy of planning instruments is comprised of:

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  • National Policy Statements (including the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement) – which state objectives and policies for matters of national significance that are relevant to achieving sustainable management.
  • National Environmental Standards – which are regulations that prescribe technical standards, methods or other requirements for environmental matters.
  • Regional policy statements – which must give effect to national policy statements and enable regional councils to provide broad direction and a framework for resource management within their regions.
  • Regional plans – which must give effect to national policy statements (including the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement) and regional policy statements.
  • District plans – which must not be inconsistent with regional plans and must give effect to national policy statements (including the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement) and regional policy statements.
  1. EDS v King Salmon, at [30]

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