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.
- 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
- Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan
- Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plan
The operative planning documents are accessible via PDF and Flipbooks, 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.
See the Statutory Acknowledgements as a flipbook (with links to maps)
Download 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.
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.
Fees for hard copies or CDs of Environmental Plan documents.
E-Plan enables electronic access to Council's operative planning documents.
How to get printed or electronic copies of the plan.
The purpose of the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan is to promote the sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the Marlborough Sounds area.
This section contains national policy statement documents relating to Marlborough.
These documents may have relevance to establishing existing use rights in terms of district planning activities.
The Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan sets out what people can do on their land and how it may be developed.
The Marlborough Regional Policy Statement provides an overview of Marlborough's significant resource management issues.
This page contains information relating to Review of Resource Management Documents.
The purpose of the Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plan is to promote the sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the Wairau/Awatere area including the coastal environment.