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Pipes or pipis? Marinas or marsh birds?

Friday, 20 June 2014 10:00 a.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council says you can have a say on how the region’s coastal areas should be cared for, by making a submission on the Proposed Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Environment Plan by Friday 22 August 2014.

Regional Council Strategy General Manager Fiona McTavish, said that it’s important for people to take a look at the plan and let Council know what they think, especially if they’re interested in protecting or using areas in the coastal environment.

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.

Areas with significant natural and wildlife values have been re-classified and re-mapped. Under the Proposed Plan the most sensitive of these areas will be protected from activities like mining and petroleum extraction, vehicle use, land reclamation and digging new drains.

“The Regional Coastal Plan informs city and district council plans and guides Regional Council’s work and resource consent decisions. It puts controls in place for activities in the coastal marine area, like building sea walls or boat ramps, dredging, and removing mangroves,” she said.

The Proposed Plan outlines how infrastructure and other activities can be provided for in the coastal environment, whilst ensuring water quality and areas with special natural, cultural, recreational or historic values are protected, along the region’s coastline and up to 12 nautical miles out to sea. 

“The last plan was completed in 2003.  Since then, community demands have changed, new information has been gathered and new legislation and coastal policy have been adopted. The Proposed Plan reflects those changes,” said Mrs McTavish.

“We’ve consulted widely and worked hard to provide a plan that is appropriately balanced between protection and use of the coastal environment. The public notification phase is a final opportunity for people to tell us if there are parts of the plan they particularly agree or disagree with, and let us know if they think further changes are needed,” she said.

A Coastal State of the Environment Report has also been prepared.  It provides a summary of current management activities, threats and environmental monitoring information relating to the Bay of Plenty coastal environment.  The report is available at www.boprc.govt.nz/coastalreport.

From Tuesday 24 June, the plan & submission information will be available at www.boprc.govt.nz/coastalplan or from Regional Council offices, public libraries, district and city council offices in the region.

For further media information please contact Katrina Knill, Communications Advisor, ph 0800 884 880.

Additional information

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.

 

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