Here's where you can find out about the Coastal Plan review process.
Between 2017 and 2023 the Council reviewed its first generation Regional Coastal Plan and undertook a fulsome engagement process with tangata whenua, stakeholders and the wider community.
The timeline below identifies the major stages in the review process:
- September 2016 – the Council released a draft Coastal Plan for public review. 101 responses were received.
- February 2018 – the Council notified the Proposed Coastal Plan for Taranaki and called for submissions. 61 submissions were received.
- July 2018 – the Council released the summary of submissions received and called for further submissions. 25 further submissions were received.
- October 2018 - March 2019 – Council staff met with submitters and further submitters in pre-hearing meetings to inform officer recommendations to submissions.
- April 2019 - the Council released its section 42A report on submissions and draft track changes version of the plan.
- July 2019 – August 2019 – the Councils hearing panel heard 15 submitters at a formal hearing of submissions.
- October 2019 the Council adopted the recommendations of the hearing panel and the Council notified its decisions on submissions and called for any appeals to be lodged with the Environment Court.
- November 2019 – 10 appeals were received and 19 parties were involved in proceedings under s274 of the RMA.
- February 2020 – November 2022 – Environment Court mediation proceedings. During the mediation process, appeal points are either dropped, or relief agreed to via Environment Court consent orders. All appeal points are addressed without the need for an Environment Court hearing.
- June 2023 the Minister of Conservation approves the Proposed Coastal Plan for Taranaki without amendments.
- August 2023 – The operative date of the Proposed Coastal Plan for Taranaki is publicly notified and the Plan is made operative on 4 September 2023.
To find out more about the review process and to see previous versions of the Proposed Plan, related documents or supporting reports, see the relevant sections below:
Following the conclusion of Environment Court proceedings, the Council adopted the Proposed Plan, submitted the plan to the Minister of Conservation for the Ministers Approval and then notified the date on which the Proposed Plan would become operative. The following documents record this process:
- Memorandum of Council resolving to adopt the Proposed Coastal Plan:
- Letter of approval for the Proposed Coastal Plan for Taranaki from the Minister of Conservation [PDF, 217 KB]
- Public notice of operative date of the Propose Coastal Plan for Taranaki [PDF, 95 KB]
The Environment Court received appeals from 10 parties on the Proposed Plan and notices from 19 parties wishing to be party to appeals under section 274 of the Resource Management Act 1991.
The Council, appellants and s274 parties worked collaboratively and productively under the direction of the Environment Court and all appeals were resolved by Environment Court consent order without the need for an Environment Court hearing.
For more information on the Environment Court process, please see the Environment Court website(external link).
Environment Court orders and decisions on the Proposed Coastal Plan:
- Proposed Coastal Plan – Environment Court Consent Order – 30 July 2020 [PDF, 1 MB]
- Proposed Coastal Plan – Environment Court Consent Order – 12 April 2021 [PDF, 444 KB]
- Proposed Coastal Plan – Environment Court Consent Order – 17 May 2021 [PDF, 1.4 MB]
- Proposed Coastal Plan – Environment Court Decision – 14 July 2022 [PDF, 364 KB]
- Proposed Coastal Plan – Environment Court Consent Order – 8 November 2022 [PDF, 535 KB]
|Submitter (submitter No.)||Documentation|
Climate Justice Taranaki (21)
Grant Knuckey (28)
Department of Conservation (29)
NZ Defence Force (33)
Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust (41)
Royal Forest & Bird (43)
Taranaki Energy Watch (51)
|Fishing industry parties (Fisheries Inshore NZ, NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council, Pāua Industry Council)|
|Greenpeace||Kiwis Against Seabed Mining|
|Minister of Conservation||Minister of Defence|
|Minister of Fisheries||Ngaa Rauru|
|Oil companies (Z Energy Ltd, BP Oil NZ Ltd, Mobil Oil NZ Ltd)|
|Petroleum Exploration and Production Association New Zealand|
|Port Taranaki Ltd||Powerco Ltd|
|Royal Forest and Bird Society||South Taranaki District Council|
|Spark NZ Ltd||Taranaki Energy Watch|
|Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd||Transpower NZ Ltd|
On 5 October 2019, the Council publicly notified its decisions regarding submissions, further submissions and the Hearing Panel’s recommendations on the Proposed Coastal Plan for Taranaki.
The Council made the following documents available:
Amended maps for the Coastal Plan can be found on our LocalMaps website under 'Proposed Coastal Plan Amendments 2019':
A Council Hearings Committee heard submissiond on the Proposed Coastal Plan in August and September 2018.
Prior to the hearing, the Council made available the following documents that indicated officers' positions on matters raised in the submissions and the further submissions:
(The Proposed Plan documents include links to an online maps portal that does not currently incorporate the recommended changes. Please refer instead to these maps that have been prepared for the hearing.)
(These maps cover the entire Taranaki coastline from north to south. The exact location of each map can be seen in the index, which also has a legend explaining the colours, shadings and symbols used on the maps.)
This report summarised the decisions sought in submissions on the Proposed Coastal Plan for Taranaki and made preliminary recommendations on the Taranaki Regional Council’s responses to those submissions. The recommendations presented in this report are officer recommendations prior to formal consideration by the Council.
The Taranaki Regional Council received 61 submissions and 25 further submissions on the Proposed Coastal Plan for Taranaki
Submissions as one document, or in sections organised alphabetically (individuals listed according to first letter of surname):
This document summarises the decisions sought in the 61 public submissions on the Proposed Coastal Plan for Taranaki.
Download the 25 further submissions as one document
Download the Plan itself as a complete document, and schedules and appendices as separate documents.
An interactive map portal allows online inspection of the maps associated with the Proposed Coastal Plan. An information sheet in PDF format explains how to use the portal. Click/tap on the links:
Links to individual maps are also incorporated in the main body of the Plan and its schedules. The maps are also available as PDFs. The 44 maps cover the entire Taranaki coastline from north to south. The exact location of each map can be seen in the index, which also has a legend explaining the colours, shadings and symbols used on the maps.
These documents fed into the development of the Proposed Coastal Plan for Taranaki.
This non-statutory document preceded the Proposed Coastal Plan, and was the subject of an informal consultation process early in 2017.
The Plan itself can be downloaded as a single document, with schedules and appendices as separate documents.
Download the Regional Coastal Plan for Taranaki 1997 here [PDF, 3.7 MB]