Policies, Plans & Strategies
Welcome to the HBRC's Plans, Policies and Strategies.
You can find out about each of HBRC's strategic documents. Open the infographic here to view a diagram of how these statutory and non-statutory documents relate to Acts of Parliament.
Regional Policy Statement (RPS) (Ref 6.5)
An RPS is a mandatory statutory document under the Resource Management Act 1991. The RPS provides an overview of the resource management issues of the region and the ways in which integrated management of the region's natural and physical resources will be achieved. It provides policy direction to resource users and local councils through stating objectives, policies and methods but does contain rules. The RPS applies to the entire Hawke's Bay region, including the coastal marine area (offshore to approx. 22km).
The Regional Resource Management Plan is the most extensive resource planning document for Hawke's Bay under the RMA. It includes the RPS. Besides the RPS content, the RRMP is the preeminent regional plan for air, land and freshwater resources (but not the coast – refer RCEP below). The RRMP includes objectives, policies, methods (including rules) for that part of the region not within the coastal environment.
The Regional Coastal Environment Plan is a regional plan under the RMA for the region’s coastal environment. The RMA requires every regional council to prepare and maintain a coastal plan for its region. The RCEP includes objectives, policies, methods (including rules) that are applicable within the ‘coastal environment’ (which is mapped in the RCEP).
The Regional Council adopted a Strategic Plan in October 2011. The Strategic Plan outlines the overall strategic priorities for HBRC over the next ten years. These priorities formed the basis of the development of the 2021-22 Long Term Plan and subsequent budget and resource allocation planning. The Strategic Plan is a non-statutory document.
Every NZ council must prepare a Long Term Plan every three years under the Local Government Act 2002. The LTP’s principal purpose is to outline the council’s priorities in the medium to long term, together with the Council's intentions (i.e. projects and key activities) for the next 10 years. The current LTP covers the 2015-25 ten-year period.
For each of the two years in between the 3-yearly cycle of LTP preparation, every NZ council must prepare an Annual Plan. Hawke's Bay Regional Council publishes its Annual Plan in the intervening two years between Long Term Plans (LTP) for the community to consider, make submissions and assist in developing the work programme of the Council. While it is still a robust planning process, it has less detail than the LTP and mostly reports on exceptions or changes.
Every NZ council must prepare an Annual Report summarising the council’s activities and expenditure for the previous financial year (1 July to 30 June). The Annual Report is Council’s statement about the progress made toward the goals and targets identified in the previous year's LTP or Annual Plan (whichever is relevant for that financial year).
The Hawke's Bay Land and Water Management Strategy (LAWMS) is a non-statutory document adopted by HBRC in 2011. LAWMS outlines the region’s vision and strategic directions for the future management of land and freshwater. LAWMS contains a number of policies and current priority actions that are relevant to managing land and freshwater resources on a catchment basis. The strategy was developed collaboratively using a multi-sector Reference Group during 2010-11.
The Regional Biodiversity Strategy is a non-statutory regional approach to improve habitats and support native species in Hawke’s Bay. HBRC has been the facilitator to develop this shared strategy since 2012. The strategy is a blueprint, weaving together what each organisation does best, and adding a clear vision for how they will work together, to include Māori values and involve the wider community to promote and protect biodiversity values on land plus in freshwater and marine environments.
This document sets out the Matariki – Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016 (REDS). We want this strategy to play a real part in economic growth in our region by offering practical guidance to councils, businesses, iwi, hapū, and other organisations and agencies. Some of the strategy is about practical things that we can – or must – do to help growth. We have a lot of things going for us, and we have to make the most of them. Other parts of it are about the things we have to stop doing, whether it’s conflicting interpretation of regulations or needless negativity, because they are getting in the way of growth. We have to be honest about the areas where we’re holding people back, and deal to them. Both bits are important.
HPUDS is currently being reviewed and is open to public comment until 22 August 2016.
The strategy is the result of a joint council (HBRC, HDC and NCC) and mana whenua approach in 2010 to developing an urban growth blueprint for residential and business land development in the Heretaunga Plains sub-region (extending from Tangoio in north, to Waimarama in south) for the period 2015-2045. An aim is to protect the productive land of the plains while providing for appropriate future development.
You can get all the details of the strategy, the 2016 five yearly review and background reports at the updated website - www.hpuds.co.nz.
Asset Management Plans (Ref 7.9)
An Asset Management Plan (AMP) is a tactical plan for managing HBRC’s infrastructure (primarily flood control schemes) and other assets to deliver an agreed standard of service. Schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 2002 requires councils to include in their Long Term Plan, information that shows that HBRC's strategic assets are designed to serve a specific purpose and their size or scale is appropriate for service they perform. This information is provided in our asset management plans.
East Coast Hill Country Strategy (under development) (Ref 7.11)
This is a strategic document currently in initial phases of scoping and preparation. The strategy will focus on the potential for economic, social and environmental growth of the hill country from Cape Palliser to East Cape. The process will involve a wide range of different perspectives on the long term future of our hill country on a broad range of issues and opportunities, not just from the primary sector but also from central and local government, iwi, and the wider rural community.
Energy Strategy (under development) (Ref 7.12)
Energy is considered to be one of the “Big Six” issues for the region in the next 10 years. Consultation undertaken in September/October 2014 highlighted support for a multi-stakeholder energy strategy focusing on new energy and making the most of Hawke’s Bay’s solar and wind energy by demonstrating leading edge technology.
An initial regional energy stocktake was presented to a stakeholder group in May 2015. Council subsequently received a recommendation for the formation of a regional energy forum to manage the development of the strategy including filling current information gaps, assessing options covering regional needs and opportunities; and providing in-depth assessments of emerging technologies to meet future energy supply and distribution requirements. The stakeholder group is meeting again in August 2016 and will make further recommendations to the Council on the development of this strategy.
The Regional Land Transport Plan has been prepared by the Regional Transport Committee (with members from all councils in the region and NZTA, and a number of specialist advisers). The RLTP describes the region’s strategic transport objectives from 2015-25. It also contains the region’s funding request to NZTA through to 2018.
The main objectives of the plan are to achieve a resilient and efficient transport system that supports economic development and social and environmental wellbeing, while reducing the risk of death or serious injury on Hawke’s Bay roads. The RLTP will be reviewed in 2017-18.
With a focus on health, lifestyle and tourism, this plan aims to maximise the economic benefits that return from each of these areas. Through integrated planning, the councils and support agencies across Hawke’s Bay continue to develop and deliver top-quality experiences for walkers and cyclists, plus programmes to increase the cycling confidence of young people and generate related employment opportunities.
The Regional Public Transport Plan 2015-25 sets out the public transport services that HBRC considers essential for the region. It also describes how these services will be managed, the policies and procedures that apply to those services and the infrastructure and information that supports them. The RPTP is also a means for encouraging HBRC and public transport operators to work together. The RPTP will next be reviewed in 2017-18.