On 28 April 2023, the Aquaculture Hearing Panel provided its decisions and recommendations on Variation 1: Marine Farming and 1A: Finfish Farming to Council.
Council delegated authority to the Hearing Panel to make decisions on submissions. A withdrawal of a variation does not fall within that delegation and therefore the Hearing Panel have made recommendations to the Council for the part withdrawal of Variation 1 (discrete matters) and the withdrawal of Variation 1A.
Council has considered the reasoning of the Hearing Panel to withdraw parts of Variation 1 and all of Variation 1A and on 18 May 2023, in a sitting of Full Council, approved the recommendations. The recommendations of the Hearing Panel are adopted as the decisions of the Marlborough District Council. As of 19 May 2023, the Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan is amended in accordance with these decisions.
On 19 May 2023, the decisions on the variations were publicly notified.
Council is currently in the process of scoping an
alternative to Variation 1A to include finfish farming provisions in the
Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan in consultation with Marlborough’s
tangata whenua iwi. Any replacement will be notified as a variation and the
people will have the ability to submit on any future variation. If you are
interested in this process, please email
Aquaculture Hearing Panel Decisions and Recommendations
When the variation was notified it included a proposed set of provisions. The decision on the variation uses the notified version of the provisions as a base and shows the Hearing Panel’s decision to these as tracked changes.
Where an error or omission has been identified in mapping/provisions that does not reflect the Hearing Panel’s decision, these errors have been amended. Errata for Volumes 1 to 3 will be incorporated into a tracked changes version of the PMEP and the associated comment in the right hand column will identify the change as 'errata'. Where the error or omission is to Volume 4, the change will be incorporated (without identification) into the map or overlay, as has occurred with all Panel decisions on this volume. As errata are issued they will be incorporated into a document which will be made available on the Aquaculture Variations hearing portal under the tab labelled: ‘Errata - Error or omissions identified after the decision release’.