As described at the outset, the One Plan comprises two parts.

Part I is the Regional Policy Statement under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) for the Manawatu-Wanganui Region (Chapters 1 to 10, Schedule G and relevant definitions in the Glossary). It describes the significant resource management issues facing the Region and sets out the objectives, policies and methods for addressing those issues. Part I presents the overarching resource management framework for the Region.

Part II is the Regional Plan under the RMA for the Region (Chapters 11 to 19, relevant schedules and definitions in the Glossary). It includes the Regional Coastal Plan (Chapter 18 and Schedule I as well as Chapters 11, 12 and 19 and relevant definitions in the Glossary). The primary focus of Part II is on regional rules prescribing how activities controlled by the Regional Council under the RMA are regulated. Part II also contains policies designed to guide decision-making on resource consent applications.

The contents of Part II are as follows:
 
  • Chapter 11 (this chapter) provides a users’ guide to the regional rules, describing how activities can be regulated under the RMA and explaining the tables used for presenting the rules in this Plan. Chapter 11 also provides a summary table of all the rules. This summary (in Section 11.1.4) is a useful starting point for anyone wishing to find the rule or rules for a particular activity.
  • Chapter 12 contains objectives and policies relating to consent compliance processes, including consent durations, review and enforcement.
  • Chapters 13 to 18 set out the rules for:
    • land use activities and certain activities in rare habitats*, threatened habitats* and at-risk habitats* (Chapter 13);
    • discharges to land and water (Chapter 14);
    • discharges to air (Chapter 15);
    • takes, uses and diversions of water, and bores* (Chapter 16);
    • the beds of rivers, lakes and artificial watercourses, and damming (Chapter 17);
    • activities in the coastal marine area (CMA) (Chapter 18).

The rules in each of these chapters are supported by objectives and policies setting out decision-making criteria or matters to be considered during resource consent processes.
 
  • Finally, Chapter 19 sets out provisions for financial contributions.