Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan appeal period


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Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan appeal period

The Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan (PMEP) decisions were released last Friday, 21 February. This followed the MEP Hearings Panel handing over their decision to Council at Omaka Marae the day before. The release of the decision marks the culmination of over two years’ work by the hearings panel, submitters and Council staff.

The plan brings together the region's three major management plans, the Marlborough Regional Policy Statement, the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan and the Wairau-Awatere Resource Management Plan, into a single document and sets out the rules around appropriate activities in Marlborough's urban, rural and coastal environments.

Whilst the decisions by topic and zoning maps have been available on the Council’s website since last Friday, a tracked changes version of the PMEP showing all the decisions of the Hearings Panel is still being prepared, and is expected to be uploaded to the website later this week.

The decision document is subject to an appeal process. Any person who made a submission and/or further submission may appeal the Council’s decision to the Environment Court, by Friday 3 April 2020.

The appeal period has subsequently been amended by the Environment Court. Further details can be found on our Appeals page:

Go to Appeals page

“Submitters could request an extension from the Environment Court if they feel they need more time to prepare an appeal,” says Manager, Environmental Policy Pere Hawes.

“The Council would not oppose any such request.”

Copies of the decision can be viewed at

  • Marlborough District Council offices - Blenheim and Picton
  • Libraries - Blenheim and Picton

The decision and supporting documents are available on memory stick. Please request a copy either by email: or phone Louise Walker 03 520 7400.

Notice of the decision has been served on all persons who made a submission and/or further submission.


The information in this media statement was correct at time of publication. Changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information.