Review of Resource Management Documents
The Council has decided to rationalise the current resource management framework by combining the Marlborough Regional Policy Statement (RPS) and the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan and Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plan. In effect, the current Volume One of both plans, which is the policy volume, becomes part of the RPS. However, an RPS cannot contain rules so we intend to prepare a separate volume of regional, regional coastal and district rules. This will implement the direction provided by the RPS. The objectives and policies of the RPS will assist to process and determine resource consent applications required as a result of the rules. In other words, any resource consent application will be assessed in accordance with the management framework established by the RPS.
What we are working towards is one policy document and one book of rules that will ensure that there is clear and concise direction on the critical resource management issues in Marlborough and importantly will also ensure a user friendly planning framework. To make it even easier to use the RPS, the explanations to, and the principal reasons for adopting, provisions have been combined.
The new resource management framework will be structured as follows: