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Sunday
Feb262012

Proposed Regional Policy Statement

The RPS has been the source of considerable angst from Day 1, and it does not appear to be getting any better. The intransigence of the WRC staff in accepting the submissions from councils, and TCDC in particular has provided enormous frustration to all concerned. It is as if these people operate in a hermetic undergound bunker - their proposals are so out of kilter, and the current pressure from the NCLA (Reihana Robinson) is due in no small measure to the manner in which this document has developed.

It is now months if not years behind completion, but it cannot be avoided due to it being a Central Government requirement, but if Mr Buckley does not buck his ideas up in the next little while, and instruct his staff to negotiate in good faith, I predict a revolt that will be very hard to quell, and that will eventually result in the formation of the Unitory Council. 

Here is a penultimate paragraph in the Reports to Council by District Plan Manager (Pro Tem!) Leigh Robcke:

It is clear that the Proposed Waikato RPS (Joint Working Party) has generated considerable concern amongstcommunities within JWP council areas - concern amongst sectors of the Thames-Coromandel District community being a case in point. Although not yet certain, it appears that several of the points made in the JWP submissions have not been accepted by WRC staff and efforts will need to be made to convince the Hearing Panel of the merits of what JWP members were suggesting via submissions. It is clear that the Proposed Waikato RPS has generated considerable concern amongst communities within JWP council areas - concern amongst sectors of the Thames-Coromandel District community being a case in point. Although not yet certain, it appears that several of the points made in the JWP submissions have not been accepted by WRC staff and efforts will need to be made to convince the Hearing Panel of the merits of whatJWP members were suggesting via submissions.

Read between the lines of that and you will get the message!

 

 

 

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