Coastal Plan

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.

Download the Regional Coastal Plan

Coastal Plan review

The Coastal Plan requires review, and in April 2017 councillors approved the start of a project to set the strategic direction for how the coast is managed, which is a critical phase before embarking on a detailed review of the plan. There will be significant opportunity for public input, both in determining the strategic direction and through the formal statutory consultation process, once the plan is redrafted.

Stage one - developing a strategic direction for the review

The first stage of the review of the Regional Coastal Plan for Southland involves the development of four discussion papers on key issues for the Southland Coastal Marine Area (CMA). The papers have been shared with stakeholders that have statutory roles and responsibilities for the Southland coastal environment (the Department of Conservation, Invercargill City Council, Southland District Council, Te Ao Marama Inc, Southland Conservation Board and the Fiordland Marine Guardians), as well as the Otago Regional Council and Venture Southland.

  1. Marine Aquaculture in Southland
  2. Coastal hazards
  3. Ecosystems in the Southland CMA
  4. Use and development in the Southland CMA

These discussion papers were drafted in 2017 and 2018 using the best information available at that time.

Feedback from the stakeholders on all four discussion papers will be used to help develop an overall strategic direction for the Coastal Plan review. Subject to Council approval, a strategic direction will be released for consultation with the general public later in 2018.
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