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From time to time, issues arise in managing Marlborough's resources that mean it is necessary to review resource management plan provisions so that sustainable outcomes can be achieved. Managing the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan is very much a process of rolling review and it is expected that plan review work, involving one or more topical issues, will be occurring almost continually.

The following operative plan changes have been made to the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan and have been incorporated into it. The individual details of each operative plan changes is contained in the table below and the reports are available in the status column.

No. Variation 2 - Coastal Occupancy Charges

Status

Operative 25/08/11

  • PDF DocumentEC Consent Order (151 Kb) 29/12/09
  • Decision 18/1/01
  • Hearing 6/11/00
  • Further
  • Submissions 28/9/00
  • Summary 31/8/00
  • Submissions 2/6/00
  • Notified 4/5/00

Description

The RMA requires Councils to place a statement in their Regional Coastal Plans either setting out a coastal occupancy charges regime or to say they will not do so. Variation 3 inserts a new section into the Plan which in essence states that the Council considers the charges are justified, however there are a number of issues which need to be dealt with before a charging regime is introduced.
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No. Variation 3  - Shipping Activity in the Marlborough Sounds

Status

PDF DocumentOperative 21/08/08  (1,256 Kb)

Description

Variation 3 amends the existing provisions and introduces new provisions to control large ships in the Queen Charlotte Sound and Tory Channel.

The Variation requires large ships wishing to travel faster than 15 knots, in lower Queen Charlotte Sounds and Tory Channel, to apply for resource consent. Ships wishing to travel up to 18 knots will be able to, provided they meet the environmental standard. Ships wishing to travel over 18 knots are required to meet the environmental standard and will be assessed for environmental effects.

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No. Plan Change 7 -  On-site discharges of Domestic Wastewater

Status

PDF DocumentOperative 10/03/06  (322 Kb)

Description

The Plan change amends the existing provisions in the plan relating to on-site wastewater management systems ("on-site systems").

A range of additional objectives and policies, and several changes to the rules, were developed to protect the Marlborough Sounds environment.

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No. Plan Change 8 - Heritage Trees

Status

PDF DocumentOperative (1.3 Mb) - 28 Oct 2010

PDF DocumentPublic Notice of Release of Decisions on Submissions (28 Kb) - 19 Aug 2010

Description

This plan change proposes that 29 additional heritage trees be protected within the Heritage Register (contained in Appendix A of the Plan), and that one tree be removed from the Register. The Planning Maps are proposed to be amended to show these new trees and where the location of existing trees has been mapped on the Register inaccurately, the maps will be amended to show correct tree locations.

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No. Plan Change 9 - Update and Correct Zonings and Heritage Information

Status

PDF DocumentOperative 10/03/06  (70 Kb)

Description

Plan change 9 amends the zoning of approximately 55 properties. The changes correct land that has been incorrectly zoned (due to either map errors or changes in land use subsequent to the Plan being notified), zone former road land that has been closed and currently has no zoning, and includes new heritage items.

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No. Plan Change 12 - Permitted Activity Hazard Rules

Status

PDF DocumentOperative 10/03/06  (54 Kb)

Description

Plan Change 12 removes the inconsistencies in the zone rules and clarifies and simplifies the application of the hazard provisions.

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No. Plan Change 13 - Special Subdivision Rules

Status

Operative 25/08/11

  • PDF DocumentEC Consent Order 6/5/11 (275 Kb)
  • PDF DocumentDecision 8/12/05 (35 Kb)
  • Hearing 19-20/9/05
  • Further Submissions 8/7/05
  • Summary 9/6/05
  • Submissions 20/5/05
  • PDF DocumentNotified 21/4/05 (127 Kb)

Description

The Plan has a range of subdivision rules applying to each of the different zones. There are also special subdivision rules, which essentially allow non-compliance with discretionary activity allotment sizes to be assessed as discretionary activities, rather than non-complying. A question of interpretation over the status of special subdivision provisions in Rural Zones has resulted in a need for the provisions to be clarified through a plan change. The proposed change is to return the Plan to a state for special subdivisions in the Rural One Zone that existed immediately prior to the Plan becoming operative.
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No. Plan Change 14 - Non-State Schools

Satus

Description

To provide for St Josephs's School in the Plan where it is not currently provided for as a permitted activity, subject to standards contained in the schedule.

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No. Plan Change 16 - Allocation of Authorisations (Marine Farming)

Status

Operative 25/08/11

 

Description

Allocation of Authorisations - In 2005 legislation was introduced which substantively changed the way in which aquaculture is managed in New Zealand. All new marine farms are now required to be located in specifically created aquaculture management areas (AMA) or zones, with the right to apply for resource consent to undertake marine farming (authorisation) within the AMA allocated by various means set out in the Resource Management Act 1991.

Plan Change 16 introduces the new chapter structure which will contain the revised aquaculture provisions in the future. The plan change also introduce new policy and objectives regarding how authorisations, or the right to apply for resource consent for marine farming within a newly created AMA, will be allocated. The plan change specifically introduces new rules which deal with the allocation of authorisations when the AMA has arisen from a private plan change. These rules will not have effect until the plan change is made operative.

Plan Change 16 is a private plan change lodged by New Zealand King Salmon Limited. The plan change is the first of a number of plan changes proposed to amend the aquaculture provisions in the Plans, in accordance with the new legislation. For the avoidance of doubt this plan change does not create new areas for aquaculture, nor does it change the criteria in the Plan by which existing marine farms are managed.

Plan Change 16 (Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan) consists of the following:

Volume One

Update to the 9.1 Introduction.

A new section (9.1.2) which discusses aquaculture management under the new legislation.

A new section (9.4A), objectives, policies and methods of implementation for the allocation of authorisations in AMAs.

Volume Two

A new zone chapter (35A) for aquaculture management areas which introduces new rules regarding the allocation of authorisations in operative AMAs which arise from a private plan change. These rules will not have effect until Plan Change 16 becomes operative.

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No. Plan Change 17 - Heritage Buildings, Places and Sites

Status

PDF DocumentOperative (1.3 Mb) - 28 Oct 2010

PDF DocumentPublic Notice of Release of Decisions on Submissions (28 Kb) - 19 Aug 2010

Description

The proposed plan change seeks to further protect the Oparapara (Samson Bay) Argillite Quarries, which is currently recognised by the NZHPT as a Class A historic place. Two additional quarry sites within the Samson Bay area are proposed to be protected within the Plan, along with amendments to fix planning map errors associated with the existing Argillite Quarries heritage listing within the Plan. The proposed plan change also seeks to list the Tory Channel leading lights, and the former oil store shed associated with the lights, on the Register of Significant Heritage Resources within the Plan. The Tory Channel leading lights serve as both an important navigation tool within the Tory Channel, and as an historic reminder of local marine history. It is proposed that they are protected as a Class A heritage resource.

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Plan Changes (PC) and Variations (V)

Council may make Plan Changes through a process of notifying a change, calling and hearing submissions, making decisions on those submissions and dealing with any appeals that may arise. At the end of the process the changes are made operative and they become part of the Plan.

There are two ways in which Council's Resource Management Plans can be amended; by a change or by a variation. A change is any change made to an operative plan, while a change made to a proposed plan is a variation. While the majority of the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan is operative but there are a few parts which are not operative as they are still under appeal. There are currently changes proposed to both the operative part of the plan (plan changes) and the proposed part of the plan (variations).

Both plan changes and variations must follow the process set out for each in the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991. Under the Resource Management Act 1991 as soon as a plan change or variation is notified Council is required to have regard to the proposed change or variation. Some of the provisions of the plan change or variation may affect the type of information or consent that is required for a proposal or activity.

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