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Possible wording of frontispiece for operative plan

The following example is for a district plan but is interchangeable for a regional policy statement or regional plan (excluding regional coastal plan). Regional coastal plans are adopted by a regional council and approved by the Minister of Conservation under Clause 18 and 19 of Schedule 1 of the RMA. Wording for a notification for a regional coastal plan will need to reflect these differences in process.

(TA name). [District] [Plan] - Operative

At its meeting of (insert date of council meeting) the (insert name of council) [District] Council resolved to declare the (insert name of council) [District] [Plan] 'Operative' pursuant to clause 17 (2) of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). In accordance with clause 20 (1) of Schedule 1 of the RMA, the (insert name of council) [District] [Plan] becomes 'operative ' on (insert date at least 5 working days after public notice).

Public notification of the availability of the (insert name of council) [District] [Plan] - Operative was given on (insert date of public notice).

Date of council resolution ... 
Date of public notice...
'Operative in part' date....

Possible wording of frontispiece for operative-in-part plan

The following example is for a district plan but is interchangeable for a regional policy statement or regional plan (excluding regional coastal plan). 

(TA name) [District] [Plan] - Operative in Part 
At its meeting of (insert date of council meeting) the (insert name of council) [District] Council resolved to declare the (insert name of council) [District] [Plan] 'Operative in Part' subject to the exclusions defined in the following schedule pursuant to clause 17 (2) of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). In accordance with clause 20 (1) of Schedule 1 of the RMA the (insert name of council) [District] [Plan] becomes 'Operative in Part ' on (insert date at least 5 working days after public notice).
Public notification of the availability of the (insert name of council) [District] [Plan] - Operative in Part was given on (insert date of public notice).

Date of council resolution ... 
Date of public notice...
'Operative in part' date....

Schedule

The provisions of the plan excluded from approval are:

 

Possible wording of public notice for operative plan change

The following example is for a district plan but is interchangeable for a regional policy statement or regional plan (excluding regional coastal plan). 

Operative [plan] change 
At its meeting on (insert date of council meeting) the council resolved to adopt the following [plan] change to the (insert name of [district]) [district] [plan] following the completion of the statutory processes. This [plan] change will become operative on (insert date at least 5 working days after notice).

[Plan] change (insert number) is a plan change that (provide description of the changes that result from the [plan] change).

Example process and flow chart - making a plan change operative

This example is part of the process that could be followed for making a plan operative. The same process applies in making a whole plan or part of a plan operative. Regional coastal plans have a number of differences.

Step

Contact

Activity

Timeframe

4

Planner

Prepares Committee report to Council meeting requesting plan change be made operative

10-30 working days (depends on agenda closing date for next Council meeting)

5.1

 

The Council resolves to make the plan change operative. The appropriate council department sends out a minute following the meeting

 

5.1.1

Planner

Discuss with manager whether a pamphlet is required to be prepared on the content of the plan change

 

5.2

Planner

Prepare public notice for appropriate newspapers advising that the plan change is operative on a particular date

Note: Operative date must be at least 5 working days after the notice is published

 

Planning technician

Notice in appropriate newspapers stating the operative date of plan change

 

 

Planning technician

Arranging for Plan change to be sealed

5 working days (simple) 
10 working days (complex)

5.3

Planning technician

Final version of the plan change sealed by the Mayor

 

5.4

 

District Plan is amended as per approved plan change

 

5.4.1

Planner

Provide the planning technician with the updated pages of the District Plan as amended by the approved plan change

 

5.4.2

Planning technician

Council website and GIS updated as necessary, paper copies of replacement pages and operative plan change distributed

 

5.4.2

Planner

Organises and culls plan change file(s) and forwards to the records team