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Environmental Policy and Plans

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA)

The RMA is the main piece of legislation that sets out how we should manage our environment. It’s based on the idea of the sustainable management of our resources, and it encourages us (as communities and as individuals) to plan for the future of our environment.

The RMA:

  • Helps us look after the environment
  • Is based on the idea of sustainably managing resources
  • Encourages us to get involved in decisions about our environment.

More information on the RMA can be found in the following Ministry for the Environment publication:

Operative Resource Management Framework

The Council's resource management framework consists of the following:

Marlborough Regional Policy Statement 

This is the operative regional policy statement which provides a community based vision and direction for the management of the natural and physical resources of Marlborough.

Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan 

Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan Cover This is an operative combined regional, regional coastal and district plan. The Plan promotes the sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the Marlborough Sounds area. See Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan.

More: Volume 1Volume 2 - Rules | Volume 3 - Maps | Changes

Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plan 

Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plan Cover This is an operative regional, regional coastal and district plan. The Plan promotes the sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the Wairau/Awatere, Wairau and Awatere Valleys area. See Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plan.

More: Volume 1Volume 2 - Rules | Volume 3 - Maps | Changes

E-Plan

The operative planning documents are accessible via PDF and Flipbooks below, and also available electronically through the Council's E-Plan. Not only does E-Plan enable access to the planning documents above, Plan content can also be retrieved for individual properties.

Te Tau Ihu Statutory Acknowledgements

Te Tau Ihu Statutory Acknowledgements are an attachment to the operative Marlborough Regional Policy Statement, the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan and the Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plan.

 

Flipbook version of document. See the Statutory Acknowledgements as a flipbook (with links to maps)

PDF DocumentDownload the Statutory Acknowledgements (with links to maps) (2.3 Mb)

National Policy Statements

The Council is required to give effect to National Policy Statements implemented by Central Government. There are a range of National Policy Statements currently in place. These can be accessed from the Ministry for the Environment website.

National Environmental Standards

National Environmental Standards have the force of a regulation and apply irrespective of provisions contained in the above Resource Management Plans. There are a variety of National Environmental Standards currently in place. These can be accessed from the Ministry for the Environment website.

Previous Planning Documents

Prior to the establishment of the Marlborough District Council, a range of local authorities managed the use, development and protection of natural and physical resources.  They exercised this management via a range of planning documents.  Click on the link above to access the planning documents that existed prior to the Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plan and the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan.

Further Information

If you have any queries regarding the Regional Policy Statement or Plans or would like more information please contact one of the following:

If you would like to know how the Regional Policy Statement or plans affect a particular proposal, please contact the Council's Duty Planner.

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