RM18-0434 (BOPRC) and RC26572 (TCC): Mauao Trust and Tauranga City Council (Parks and Recreation Department)
Mauao Trust and Tauranga City Council (Parks & Recreation Department) have applied to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga City Council for various resource consents that are required to reinstate part of the base track of Mauao, which failed in a storm in April 2017. A new section of track is proposed in order to avoid the slip-prone section of existing track and reestablish universal access to the base track. The new section of track will be 360 m long, and will include a 60 m section of formed track on the beach terrace, a 190 m rock revetment on the beach next to the toe of the slope (Te Kawa Point) and a 110 m long boardwalk traversing the slope above the boulder field, located partially along the alignment of the existing beach access track.
Consents applied for:
Bay of Plenty Regional Council application number RM18-0434:
1. Structures, occupation and use in coastal marine area: erect on, occupy and use the seabed, associated with the section of rock revetment that is located below mean high water spring (MHWS);
2. Disturbance of, deposition on, dredging of or removal of sand, shingle and shell: disturb the foreshore and seabed and deposit material, associated with erecting the section of rock revetment that is located below MHWS;
3. Discharge to Coastal Marine Area: discharge stormwater from the new track areas to the Coastal Marine Area, because the discharge will occur in an area identified as Wahi Tapu;
4. Reclamation in Coastal Marine Area: install a section of revetment below MHWS;
5. Activity in Port Zone: erect, occupy and use the section of rock revetment that is located within the Port Zone, being the section below MHWS;
6. Earthworks: earthworks activities within 20 m of MHWS and on slopes over 35o;
7. Land and soil disturbance by vegetation clearance: vegetation clearance within 20 m of MHWS, including the removal of five mature trees and smaller tree, shrub and grass species.
Tauranga City Council application number RC26572:
Under the Tauranga City Plan, the site is in the Conservation Zone, is a Significant Maori Area, an Outstanding Natural Feature and Landscape, Significant Archaeological Area and Special Ecological area. Within the Conservation Zone the new track is a permitted activity, but resource consent is required for the following:
1. Earthworks that alter the existing ground level within Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes by more than 1 metre: this applies to the installation of the revetment and the fill activities on the beach terrace;
2. Activities within or adjoining any Special Ecological Area: this applies to all indigenous vegetation clearance to be undertaken within the Special Ecological Area, including, but not limited to, the removal of three Pohutukawa trees;
3. The establishment of the new track/boardwalk, as well as all indigenous vegetation clearance proposed within the Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes area;
4. Establishment of the new track/boardwalk within the Significant Maori Area;
5. Installation of the new track and associated earthworks in the Significant Archaeological Area.
Submissions have closed.