The following operative plan change has been made to the Wairau Awatere Resource Management Plan and has been incorporated into the Plan.
Allocation of Authorisations -In 2005 legislation was introduced which substantively changed the way in which aquaculture is managed in New Zealand. All new marine farms are now required to be located in specifically created aquaculture management areas (AMA) or zones, with the right to apply for resource consent to undertake marine farming (authorisation) within the AMA allocated by various means set out in the Resource Management Act 1991.
Plan Change 53 introduces the new chapter structure which will contain the revised aquaculture provisions in the future. The plan change also introduce new policy and objectives regarding how authorisations, or the right to apply for resource consent for marine farming within a newly created AMA, will be allocated.
The plan change specifically introduces new rules which deal with the allocation of authorisations when the AMA has arisen from a private plan change. These rules will not have effect until the plan change is made operative.
The plan change is the first of a number of plan changes proposed to amend the aquaculture provisions in the Plans, in accordance with the new legislation. For the avoidance of doubt this plan change do not create new areas for aquaculture, nor does it change the criteria in the Plan by which existing marine farms are managed. Plan Change 53 consists of the following:
A new section (9.1.2) which discusses aquaculture management under the new legislation
A new section, objectives, policies and methods of implementation for the allocation of authorisations in AMAs (9.26-9.28)
A new zone chapter (39A) for aquaculture management areas, which introduces new rules regarding the allocation of authorisations in operative AMAs which arise from a private plan change. These rules will not have effect until Plan Change 53 becomes operative.
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