Plan Change 5 2022
The further submissions period has closed and a hearing report is being prepared.
Council will determine the date, location, and other relevant hearing details. Prior to the hearing, all submitters will be notified of the date and provided with relevant information.
Please contact Environment Southland by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 76 88 45 if you have any questions.
Availability of Summary of Decisions Requested and further submissions
Council prepared a Summary of Decisions Requested on Plan Change 5 which was publicly notified on 25 October 2022.
The following documents relating to the Summary of Decisions Requested and further submissions can be accessed here.
- Public Notice of the Summary of Decisions Requested
- Summary of Decisions Requested
- Submitter Address for Service List and Original Submissions
|During the further submissions period a submitter asked a question concerning clarification to a submission point raised by Real Journeys Limited.|
|Question: Where can Appendix 4 - Coastal Landscape Assessment be found?|
|Answer: Coastal Landscape Assessment is contained within the Regional Coastal Plan for Southland. Go to Appendix 4, pages 75-76 for Fiords
(Landscape unit #19) and for Milford (Landscape unit #20).
Plan change 5 2022 - initial public notification
Plan Change 5 was publicly notified on 18 July 2022.
The initial submission period commenced on 18 July 2022 and closed on Monday 29 August 2022.
The following documents relating to the Plan Change can be assessed here.
- Public Notice
- Plan Change 5 (track changes and clean versions)
- Report - Wilderness and Remoteness Values of Fiordland Waters
- Report - Fiordland Coastal Waters Context
- Report - Section 32 Evaluation
A factsheet containing frequently asked questions on Plan Change 5 can be accessed here.
Plan Change 5 centres around Section 16 - Surface water activities on the internal waters of Fiordland from Yates Point to Puysegur Point of the Regional Coastal Plan for Southland.
Environment Southland is seeking to tackle pressures on the area by putting in place rules to control increases in commercial activities and to strengthen other measures aimed at protecting the area and the wildlife. Measures include halting the granting of new or additional consents in the area.
The increasing pressure these activities were placing on Fiordland were raised with Environment Southland via their partners. In response, the Council commissioned a report into the impact that increase was having on the area. The conclusion of that report showed that, if unchecked, the continuous increase in commercial activity could have a negative impact on the natural and wilderness values of Fiordland.
Some impacts identified relate to seeing other boats, more boats present in the more remote fiords and staying for longer, increased use of aircraft for access to boats, crowding on moorings and anchorages, and a potential loss of boatie etiquette on the water.
A summary of the proposed changes is included in the table below:
Purpose and impact
Add Policy 16.2.2
Avoid adverse effects on nationally and regionally significant values
Use of the phrase “avoid” sets a high bar of protection for these values.
Specifically directs that new consents will not be granted where any adverse effects on those values.
Enabling ongoing discussion of this matter through the remainder of the Regional Coastal Plan review.
Add Policy 16.2.3
Avoid or mitigate adverse effects on marine mammals
Provides additional protection for marine mammals including significant habitat areas for the endangered bottlenose dolphin.
Delete Policy 16.2.4
Removes “no limits on the SWA in Milford Sound/Piopiotahi” as the new policies conflict with this.
Amend Policy 16.2.6
Insertion of “including the use of dual place names”
Clarifies an existing policy which calls for “fiords correctly referred to”.
Amend Policy 16.2.8 to 16.2.7
“Manage adverse effects of commercial SWA in Fiordland”
Specifically provides protection for remote and wilderness values whilst maintaining recreational activities.
Add Policy 16.2.8
“Impacts on wilderness and remoteness values”
Direction for consent applicants and processing officers of the specific matters that require recognition when considering impacts of activities on wilderness and remoteness values.
Amend Policy 16.2.11
Additional consideration of adverse effects on the National Park
Must “have regard to the Fiordland National Park Management Plan”.
Add Policy 16.2.15
Consent term direction
To provide guidance for staff and applicants to ensure consent terms reflect specific nature of the proposed activity and its effects.
Increased strengthening of the consent requirements
Inserts a non-complying activity status for more remote areas and aims to ensure no further intensification of SWA.
During the submissions period Environment Southland received a request for further information concerning vessels, trips and passenger numbers in Fiordland.
Response: Please see copy of list of current resource consents by following this link. Also, see copy of Commercial Surface Water Activity Vessels Operating in Fiordland (2019) by following this link.