Last call for coastal plan input
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 10:00 a.m.
Public submissions on the Proposed Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Environment Plan close at 4pm this Friday 22 August.
The Proposed Plan includes new rules for mangrove removal, aquaculture and sewage discharge from boats. It also contains new policies for managing tsunami risk and identifies four new Harbour Development Zones in the Tauranga Harbour.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Strategy General Manager Fiona McTavish said that approximately 20 submissions have been received so far.
“Anyone that’s involved in protecting or using natural areas in the coastal environment should take a look at the Plan. We expect to receive many more submissions before the end of the week, especially on the coastal hazards, biodiversity, mangrove and landscape mapping sections of the plan,” she said.
The Proposed Plan & submission information is available at www.boprc.govt.nz/coastalplan or from Regional Council offices, public libraries, district and city council offices in the region.
Regional Council prepares the Regional Coastal Environment Plan as part of its role in giving effect to the Resource Management Act 1991 and the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010.
The Regional Coastal Environment Plan assists and guides Regional Council in its work to care for land, air and water in the Bay of Plenty region.
Key changes in the Proposed Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Environment Plan include:
- New policies and rules for mangrove management, geothermal resources and aquaculture
- Updated assessments, maps and guidance for protecting native coastal plants, animals and natural landscapes.
- A revised section on Iwi Resource Management that identifies significant environmental and resource management issues for Māori, based on current Iwi and Hapū Management plans.
- New policies regarding management of tsunami hazard risk.
- New rules regarding the discharge of sewage from vessels
- Identification of regionally significant surf-breaks and historic heritage sites in the coastal marine area.
- Updated and new policies and rules to support commercial and recreational use and development of Tauranga, Whakatāne and Ōpōtiki Harbour Development Zones and four new Harbour Development Zones at Bowentown, Tanners Point, Opureora and Ōmokoroa Beach.
- A new integrated management section, which encourages a whole of catchment approach to managing activities that have effects on the coastal marine area. It includes policies on natural heritage, water quality, iwi resource management, historic heritage, coastal hazards and recreation, public access and open space.