Representative Areas Program key phases diagram

Step 1 - The need for rezoning

Realisation the existing plan was inadequate

Zoning Plans 1983 - 1988

Commencement of Representative Areas Program (1998)


Step 2 - Research and planning

Collation of datasets (1998 – 1999)

Bioregion mapping (1999 – 2000)

New coastal zones added (1998 – 2001)

Development of operational principles by independent committee


Step 3 - First community participation phase

Public Notice issued (May 2002)

Over 10 000 public submissions

Zoning options identified


Step 4 - Developing the Draft Zoning Plan

Draft Zoning Plan (late 2002 – mid 2003)


Step 5 - Second community participation phase

21 000 public submissions (June – August 2003)


Step 6 - Further development of the Plan

Revised Zoning Plan (November 2003)

Regulatory Impact Statement (November – December 2003)

Submission to Parliament (December 2003)


Step 7 - Implementing the Plan

New Zoning Plan took effect on 1 July 2004  

Operation of the Zoning Plan

Monitoring the Zoning Plan

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