Previously, provision for aquaculture was removed from the Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan prior to notification of the substantive portion of the plan with the intention of further reviewing the content. This review has now been completed and the variation process to the Plan underway.
On 2 December 2020, the Marlborough District Council publicly notified Variation 1: Marine Farming and Variation 1A: Finfish Farming. The closing date for public submissions was 26 February 2021.
An initial further submission phase commenced at the end of May but was later stopped due to irregularities and omissions found in the summary content.
A new public notice was issued on 30 June 2021. The period for making a further submissions closed on 28 July 2021.
How to contact the Variations Team:
Phone: 03 520 7400 – ask for Louise Walker
Details of the hearing on Variation 1: Marine Farming and Variation 1A: Finfish Farming to the Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan
The proposed aquaculture variations (Variations 1 and 1A) to the PMEP include the use of authorisations to allocate space in AMAs.
The guidance documents provide the reasoning behind the variations, how they relate to other national aquaculture issues, and how they fit with the Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan.
Public notification of Variation 1 and Variation 1A occurred on 2 December 2020.
The Section 32 Reports considered and assessed the form, content and appropriateness of each variation.
Information regarding submissions on Variations 1 and 1A.
The Variation 1 document provides a suite of provisions for aquaculture activities being proposed. Variation 1A provides additional provisions specifically for finfish farming.