Golden Bay Landscapes Draft Proposed Plan Change

This page has information about the first step in the formal plan change process under the Resource Management Act (RMA). Follow the link at the bottom of this page for background information on the Golden Bay and Northwest Coast landscape project.

A draft proposed plan change was released for public feedback in July 2016 which:

  • identified six outstanding natural landscapes (ONLs) and ten outstanding natural features (ONFs) in the Golden Bay and Northwest Coast areas for protection;
  • amended landscape objectives and policies for the Tasman District; and
  • contained rules in relation to subdivision, land use, buildings and structures, earthworks and tracks, and vegetation removal in outstanding natural landscapes and features.

In brief, the intent of the draft proposed plan change provisions is to:

  • Enable the maintenance of existing activities within ONFs and ONLs
  • Encourage land use and development activities which enhance or regenerate landscape characteristics of ONFs and ONLs
  • Discourage subdivision, use and development activities which could degrade or damage ONFs and ONLs 
  • For ONFs and ONLs in the coastal environment - restrict subdivision, use and development activities where adverse effects cannot be avoided 

The ONLs identified for protection are:

  • Abel Tasman
  • Parapara-Kahurangi Ranges
  • Northern Northwest Coast
  • Southern Northwest Coast
  • Golden Bay/Mohua Marine
  • Northwest Coast Marine

The ONFs identified for protection are:

  • Aorere River, Gorge and Tributaries
  • Big River Estuary
  • Farewell Spit
  • The Grove
  • Hanson Winter
  • Paynes Ford
  • Tarakohe Cliffs
  • Te Waikoropupu Springs
  • Wainui Bay Inlet
  • Whanganui Inlet

This mapping application allows you to see the ONFs and ONLs recommended for protection. You can search by property address, or zoom in to your area of interest.

Draft Proposed Plan Change documents

The draft plan change and associated documents are below: