We have reviewed the way moorings are managed with the community and came to the conclusion we could do better. We are introducing a new method of managing moorings in the district by providing for moorings in 11 Mooring Areas, with a requirement that mooring owners within the mooring areas hold a Moorings Licence issued by the Harbourmaster. Mooring Areas are proposed for Mapua, Motueka,Tapu Bay, Stephens Bay, Kaiteriteri, Otuwhero Inlet, Torrent Bay, Boundary Bay, Milnthorpe, and Mangarākau. People can still apply for moorings outside of these areas.
We are also making changes to the way coastal structures and moorings are generally managed, for example, the repair of structures.
In 2019, we started the discussion with our Tasman Bay/Te Tai o Aorere and Golden Bay/Mohua communities on long-term adaptive planning for sea level rise and coastal hazards. This project is separate to this current plan change, it will take several years to complete and the community conversation will be ongoing.
To make these changes we have amended the provisions in the regional coastal plan and created a new Bylaw to enable the Harbourmaster to issue and manage the new Mooring licences.
The first step towards making these changes is to make the proposed changes available for the community to consider and to ask for submissions on the proposed changes. Following the call for submissions, there is a call for further submissions (for the Plan Change only) and then the two proposals will be set down for a public hearing and heard at the same time.
You will need to fill out a separate Submission Form for each document as each requires slightly different information.
Submissions should include your name, address, telephone number and email address and should state if you wish to speak to the Council in support of your submission.
You should note that your submission will be copied and made available to the public after the submission period closes. The Council will contact all submitters (who wish to be heard) to advise the confirmed time, date, and method of the hearing. Hearings for both Plan Change 72 and the Mooring Area Bylaw will be held at the same time.
Submissions may be :
If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact Tania Bray (firstname.lastname@example.org or on 03 5438400).
There are 11 new mooring areas proposed for the district. As long as you have a Mooring Licence issued by the Harbourmaster, you can moor your boat in the Mooring Area as a permitted activity.
The Mooring Licence will contain conditions about the size of boat, type and location, etc.
There are restrictions on who can apply within the Abel Tasman National Park Mooring Areas and at Kaiteriteri.
Moorings already within the areas (with resource consent) can stay there and at some point in time will change over to the new system.
For more information, check out the Draft Bylaw and Section 25.1.1 of the Proposed Plan Change.
The rules have been changed to allow all mooring types to be applied for outside of the Mooring Areas as a ‘discretionary activity’.
The current rules make it harder to apply for mooring types other than swing moorings, which are not always the best option.
There are new policies encouraging the efficient use of space for moorings - including the use of public moorings, efficient mooring systems and the removal of unwanted moorings. These policies are in addition to the existing policies guiding where moorings might be located.
For more information, check out Section 188.8.131.52A of the Proposed Plan Change.
If you are interested in the existing policies around moorings, you can find this information in Chapters 20 and 21 of the Proposed Plan Change.
Currently there are no rules around removal of coastal structures that are no longer wanted or needed, including illegal structures.
The coast is littered with such structures and it does not make sense to require a resource consent when the environmental effects are often minimal and the outcome usually beneficial.
New rules are proposed to make it a permitted activity for the owners, Crown or the Council to remove coastal structures if certain conditions are met.
For more information check out new rules 184.108.40.206A and 220.127.116.11 of the Proposed Plan Change.
There are new policies encouraging the removal of structures when they are no longer wanted or needed.
These policies support the new rules enabling the removal of such structures.
For more information, check out sections 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52 in the Proposed Plan Change for the policies or sections 184.108.40.206A and 220.127.116.11 of the Proposed Plan Change for the new rules.
There is strong direction to reduce the amount of public space taken up with structures and to get the best value out of the space that is used. For this reason, new policies and the Bylaw encourage the establishment of public moorings that everyone can use. Moorings are considered safer than casual anchoring, and public moorings provide a safe option for occasional boaties.
Kaiteriteri Mooring Area 1 (which includes the current seasonal moorings area) is to be slightly enlarged and limited to public moorings.
For more information, check out policies 18.104.22.168A(b) and 22.214.171.124 in the Proposed Plan Change and sections 5.1.2 and 126.96.36.199 in the Draft Bylaw.
Currently it is assumed that if you build a coastal structure like a boathouse or wharf that you should be able to maintain and repair it as part of the resource consent.
However, it becomes problematic when the structure grows or is significantly changed from what was originally applied for.
New rules make it clear that structures can be maintained and repaired, but there are limits on what can be done before a new resource consent is required.
For more information, check out condition 188.8.131.52(d) in the Proposed Plan Change.
When the rules were first written, a number of long-time coastal structures were made permitted activities with no resource consent needed. Over time, the Council has become uncertain who owns a structure or may never have known who owned it.
The Council is required by Government to keep a record of ownership for every structure in the coastal area and the Council regularly gets asked who is the legal owner when these structures come up for sale.
To meet the requirements of Government and to provide greater certainty to owners and the community, the existing rule has been change to require owners to provide Council with a name and contact details.
For more information, check out condition 184.108.40.206(e) in the Proposed Plan Change.
The Tasman coast is well loved and used for commercial and recreational reasons.
It is very easy for unwanted maritime pests to get transported here from other places and then spread through the district. If some marine pests were to take hold here, they could cause a huge amount of environmental and economic harm.
A new condition is being added to the coastal structures rules to require structure owners to keep their structures free of pests.
For more information, check out condition 220.127.116.11(f) and matter 18.104.22.168(8B) of the Proposed Plan Change.
The Plan includes a list of structures which have been around for a long time and are thought to have a low impact on the environment, as permitted activities.
This means they can remain there so long as they are needed, without a resource consent. A number of existing structures within the Abel Tasman National Park have been added to the list.
All of the structures help provide public access or use of the park.
For more information, check out Schedule 25A(iii) in the Proposed Plan Change.
Download Proposed Plan Change 72:
Detailed maps of the proposed mooring areas (also located at end of the Plan Change text document).
As part of the proposed changes, a new Bylaw has been drafted.
The Bylaw contains the details about how moorings in Mooring Areas will be allocated and managed.
This is a Bylaw under the Maritime Transport Act 1994 and will work alongside the main Navigation and Safety Bylaw.
The following is proposed:
Anyone, however there are some limits:
For allocation details see the Draft Bylaw.
Most conditions are around the type of boat, location, maintenance and duration of the licence.
See Section 3.3 of the Draft Bylaw for a list of the type of conditions the harbourmaster may place on a Moorings Licence.
The current way of managing moorings is expensive and not working well.
Currently a person applies for a particular location and they are either granted a resource consent or declined. Over time, mooring owners may change boats, needing more or less room.
The process of applying for a mooring or changing the details on it can be expensive and off putting. This leads to inefficiently used space. The changes are intended to make the management of moorings cheaper, more efficient and flexible.
Mooring owners are a community and often have ideas about how they would like their mooring area managed or may have ideas about doing something slightly different. The Bylaw enables such discussions to take place with the harbourmaster.
The Bylaw contains an option for a mooring owner to ask for the conditions to be changed on the Mooring Licence or to ask a Review Panel to reconsider any conditions of concern.
Mooring Licences can be transferred and may be cancelled. This is to prevent people being left with Mooring licences they don’t need, want or can't use.
Section 4.1 of the Draft Bylaw covers the review of conditions; Section 4.2 a request to change the conditions; 4.3 renewal of the Mooring Licence; Section 4.4 Mooring Area Groups; Section 4.5 right to reconsideration; Section 4.6 transfer of licences; and Section 4.7 the circumstances in which a Mooring Licence may be cancelled.
In some areas, demand for moorings is likely to be greater than the area available. To help manage this demand, a formal waitlist will be introduced for each Mooring Area.
See Section 5.2 of the Draft Bylaw for details.
An important part of this review is to reduce the cost to the community in establishing and using moorings.
The setting of fees and review of fees will occur through the Annual Plan process and will be included in the Schedule of Fees and Charges in the Annual Plan.
The upfront costs in applying for a Mooring Licence will be significantly lower than an application for a resource consent which currently requires a $900 deposit and may end up costing several thousands depending on location.
The ongoing annual monitoring fees are likely to be similar between the two.
Periodically the Council reviews the amount charged for fees and the community has the opportunity to be involved in this process.