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 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.
- Marine Aquaculture in Southland
- Coastal hazards
- Ecosystems in the Southland CMA
- 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.