The Regional Coastal Plan sets out how Environment Southland will carry out its resource management responsibilities in the Coastal Marine Area (CMA).
The values of Southland's coast are described and issues of management identified. Fundamental principles in the management of the CMA are set out and then sections of the plan deal with specific matters, including estuaries, coastal water, air, occupation, the seabed and foreshore, structures in the coast, coastal processes and protection works, cruise ships and other ships in internal waters, recreational activities, marine farming, surface water activities, financial contributions and bonds to be made.
The Regional Coastal Plan for Southland became fully operative on the 16 March 2013.
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Coastal Plan review
The operative Coastal Plan needs updating. It was originally notified in 1997 and is out-of-step with current legislation and policy, as well as suffering from a number of drafting issues common to first generation regional plans.
The review of the Coastal Plan is being undertaken in three stages.
Stage one - setting the scene
Staged One is completed. It consisted of the development of the Strategic Direction for the Review of the Regional Coastal Plan for Southland (February 2019), and an assessment of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Regional Coastal Plan for Southland (June 2019).
Stage two - pre-notification policy development
Stage two began in June 2019. Fourteen discussion papers have been prepared for consideration by Council and Te Ao Marama Inc on the following coastal topics:
- Occupation and public access
- Air quality
- Historic heritage
- Resource use
- Surface water activities
- Natural character, features and landscapes
- Water quality
- Ecosystems and biodiversity
- Tangata Whenua
- Marine aquaculture
- Coastal hazards
- Miscellaneous provisions
These discussion papers will provide information and analysis to assist Council and Te Ao Mārama Inc, in consultation with organisations with statutory responsibilities for the coastal environment, to set resource management goals and policy for the coastal marine area. From this, provisions for a new Coastal Plan will be drafted and considered by Council and Te Ao Mārama Inc.
Stage three - formal consultation process
Stage three of the review of the Coastal Plan is the formal consultation process under Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act. The steps in this process are:
- Further submissions;
Stage three will progress once provision drafting has been completed.
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National Environmental Standards for Marine Aquaculture
The National Environmental Standards for Marine Aquaculture come into effect on 1 December 2020. The regulations apply to replacement consents for existing marine farms and prevail over the relevant rules in the Regional Coastal Plan for Southland. Please refer to the Ministry for Primary Industries website for further information: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/fishing-aquaculture/aquaculture/national-environmental-standards-for-marine-aquaculture/