Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement 2021

The Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement 2021 (Proposed RPS 21) sets the direction for future management of Otago's natural and physical resources.

It sets out what we want for Otago, what’s stopping us achieving this, and how we will solve those problems. Proposed RPS 21 identifies the significant resource management issues for the region. It also explains how national direction on resource management will be applied in the Otago context and provides direction on how to balance potentially conflicting requirements.

Proposed RPS 21 doesn’t contain rules. Instead it provides high-level guidance by way of policies and objectives and establishes the framework for Otago's regional and district plans in which resource management policies, objectives and rules will sit.

We notified Otago’s Proposed RPS 21 on 26 June 2021. Read the public notice here


Read the Proposed RPS 21

Read the Proposed RPS 21 ePlan​  (see below for help and guidance on using the ePlan)

Read the Proposed RPS 21 as a PDF 

Read the section 32 evaluation report

Section 32 report

Section 32 report appendices

Make a submission

You can make a submission using Form 5

  • email your completed submission form to
  • upload your completed submission online via YourSay
  • post it to: Otago Regional Council, Private Bag 1954, Dunedin 9054
  • or hand deliver to:

    • Dunedin: Otago Regional Council Office, 70 Stafford St, Dunedin, Attn: ORC Policy Team
    • Queenstown: Terrace Junction, 1092 Frankton Road, Queenstown, Attn: ORC Policy Team
    • Alexandra: William Fraser Building, Dunorling Street, Alexandra. Attn: ORC Policy Team

When making a submission, you will need to provide some details about yourself or the organisation you are submitting on behalf of. You will also need to clearly show and explain any changes you want to see to the Proposed RPS 21.

Please note that all submissions will be publicly available.

Submissions close at 3pm on 3 September 2021.

Read about the review process

Read more about the development of the Proposed RPS 21 here

Help and guidance

We will be adding how-to documents and videos here.

Contact us by calling 0800 474 082 or emailing us on

Please note that we can only provide information on the submission process, not the content of your submission.



Reading the Proposed RPS 21 ePlan

Using the ePlan maps

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