Draft moorings and coastal structures rule changes

We're considering changes to the way moorings are managed. Consultation closed 12 July and feedback will be collated and reported to the Council in the near future.

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Consultation closed 12 July.

What are we reviewing?

We are reviewing the way we manage moorings in the District and we are looking for feedback on where we have got to so far.

We are also making changes to the way coastal structures are managed and we are looking for feedback on these more recent changes.

Why are we doing a review?

Moorings play an important role in the enjoyment of our coastline and there are many in Tasman waters. As a nation of boaties, our moorings have a rich history. They are valued as permanent, semi-permanent or temporary safe anchor points.

However, as they have proliferated, the importance of the rules governing them has also grown. Moorings have an impact on the environment and if not placed well can be a hazard to neighbouring boats and users. A poorly–placed or moving mooring “block” could allow boats to collide, impact on other moorings or break infrastructure on the seabed.

Currently only a third of moorings in Tasman District have a resource consent. The rest were generally put in before 1990 without their environmental or neighbourly impact being considered. Without a consent there is no accountability for maintenance and appropriate material and location.

During the process of working through management options for moorings, additional matters regarding how other coastal structures are managed was identified and the opportunity was taken to address these issues as part of the review. These additional matters are discussed in greater detail below.

What's involved?

To make changes to the management, we need to complete two pieces of work: A draft Moorings and Coastal Structures Plan Change and draft Moorings Bylaw.

The proposed moorings review and coastal changes will lead to changes in our planning rules, and the introduction of a new bylaw.

Following feedback we will make any necessary changes and then formally call for submissions on the Proposed Plan Change and Bylaw.

Further information

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact Tania Bray (tania.bray@tasman.govt.nz or on 03 5438400).

Draft Moorings and Coastal Structures Plan Change

Proposed mooring areas

There are 11 new mooring areas proposed for the district. As long as you have a Moorings License issued by the Harbourmaster you can moor your boat in the Mooring Area as a permitted activity.

The Moorings license 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.

Legal moorings already within the areas 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 in the Draft Plan Change.

Other changes

More types of moorings, better use of space
Easy removal of abandoned and unwanted structures
Removal of unwanted or unneeded structures
Increased mooring setbacks from existing seabed utilities
Establishment of public moorings
Consent-free maintenance of wharfs and other structures
Contact details required for owners of permitted structures
Structures required to be kept free of marine pests
Additional public structures on the list of structures not needing consent

Draft Moorings Bylaw

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:

Who can apply for a Mooring Licence?
Mooring Licence conditions
Management and maintenance of moorings
Initial review of moorings management 2014