Section 6(b) of the Resource Management Act (RMA) requires that Council protect outstanding natural features and landscapes (ONFLs) from inappropriate subdivision, use and development. Policy 15 of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (NZCPS) requires the same protection of natural features and landscapes (including seascapes) in the coastal environment.
The aim of this project is to identify landward and seaward ONFLs in Golden Bay and the Northwest Coast.
The identified ONFLs will then form part of a Landscapes Plan Change. This plan change will implement Section 6(b) RMA and Policy 15 NZCPS by identifying objectives, policies and rules in the Tasman Resource Management Plan to protect outstanding natural features and landscapes throughout Tasman District.
A Natural Character Plan Change will be prepared at the same time to identify areas of high and outstanding natural character along the Tasman coast and to provide objectives, polcies and rules for their protection.
When the Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP) was notified in 1996, a number of 'Landscape Priority Areas' were proposed. As a result of public submissions, Variation 1 to the TRMP removed all but two of these areas (the Takaka Hill and St Arnaud Landscape Priority Areas remain). Subsequent decisions committed Council to further investigation and consultation on the location of outstanding natural features and landscapes and the rules necessary for their appropriate protection.
In resolving appeals to the Environment Court, Council agreed in June 2008 through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Friends of Nelson Haven and Tasman Bay Incorporated to review the TRMP provisions relating to the landscape. The work towards identification of ONFLs in Golden Bay & Northwest Coast and the forthcoming landscapes and natural character plan changes are part of this agreement.
A meeting was held in 2010 with about 70 parties interested in the identification of ONFLs in Golden Bay & Northwest Coast. A Large Working Group of about 30 people representing the diverse views of the community was subsequently formed and this group met four times during 2011-2012. Some members of the Large Working Group were concerned about the risk of increased regulation of land use arising from the ONFL project and its potential impact on the remote community. Others were concerned about the risks of not adequtely looking after nationally and regionally significant landscapes. Recognising that there were not going to reach a shared view as a large group, a Small Working Group of eight was delegated the task of making recommendations to Council on the identification of ONFLs in Golden Bay and the Northwest Coast.
The Small Working Group (SWG) members all committed a significant amount of time and energy in this process. They represented a variety of community groups including Federated Farmers; Friends of Nelson Haven and Tasman Bay; Friends of Golden Bay; economic development interests; Manawhenua ki Mohua; Forest & Bird; Northwest Coast farmers; and marine farming and wild fishing interests. Tasman District Council supported the process by providing a planning staff member and mapping services. The SWG members brought an vast amount of local knowledge to the project and went through a collaborative, iterative and rigourous process over three years to reach agreement on the recommendation of six outstanding natural landscapes and ten outstanding natural features for protection. A copy of the Small Working Group's final report is below.
A Draft Plan Change was released for public feedback in July 2015. The Draft Plan Change:
In April 2018 the Environment Court Decision on an application by Wainui Bay Spat Catching Group for a private Plan Change (PC61) in relation to spat catching and holding farms in Wainui Bay was released. The Court noted that it was hampered in its decision making by the absence of strategic planning in the TRPS and TRMP implementing the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010, particularly in regard to landscape and natural character.
Following this, Council has commissioned two further/updated technical reports to support the forthcoming Landscapes and Natural Character plan changes. The first report will The second report will, among other things, identify areas of high and outstanding natural character in the Tasman coastal environment.
The Council released a Draft Plan Change in late 2016 for public consultation to protect Golden Bay's outstanding natural features and landscapes.
The Draft Plan Change is based off the recommendations of the Small Working Group. They were tasked in 2012 with identifying Golden Bay's outstanding natural features and landscapes and produced two draft reports detailing their recommendations. The October 2016 draft report incorporated public feedback on the October 2014 draft report.
This mapping application allows you to see the overlay recommendations of the Small Working Group as well as property boundaries. Search by property address or zoom in to your area of interest. If you have any questions relating to the ONF or ONL boundaries, please contact Ro Cudby at Tasman District Council.
Work commenced on this project in late 2007 with some investigations and engagement with community stakeholders. Work paused from August 2008 to June 2010, and has re-continued since July 2010. A Working Group was established in December 2010, and this Group met three times in 2011 and once in 2012. A Small Group of eight community representatives agreed to continue the work and has met more than 16 times over the last two years. A draft report has been prepared for feedback from the Working Group by 13 February 2015, and presentation to the Council in April 2015.