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Regional Coastal Plan (online version)

The Regional Coastal Plan was made operative in 2014.

Eplan update: This page sets out the operative Coastal Regional Plan in HTML format. As part of the April 2019 National Planning Standards, we will be migrating the current HTML plan (below) into a new eplan, which will also be re-formatted in accordance with the National Planning Standards. We expect to go-live with the new regional eplan on-line in 2019/20. Further updates on the eplan project will be provided as we progress.

The plan is available for viewing online through the table of contents below.

 

Table of contents

  Waikato Regional Coastal Plan
  Chairman's Foreword
  List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction
  1.1 Introduction
  1.2 Purpose
  1.3 Planning Framework
  1.4 Organisations with Responsibilities in the CMA
  1.5 Management Directions
2 Tangata Whenua Perspective
  2.1 Tangata Whenua Relationship with Natural and Physical Resources
  2.2 Treaty of Waitangi and Matters of Significance to Maaori
  2.3 Establish a Partnership
    2.3.1 Policy - Tangata Whenua Values
    2.3.2 Policy - Participation
  2.4 Tangata Whenua Relationship with the Coast
    2.4.1 Policy - Kaitiakitanga
    2.4.2 Policy - Protection of Sites
  2.5 Treaty of Waitangi
    2.5.1 Policy - Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
    2.5.2 Policy - Treaty Claims
3 Natural Character, Habitat and Coastal Processes
  3.1 Preservation of Natural Character
    3.1.1 Policy - Protection of Representative Features
    3.1.2 Policy - Protection of Other Natural Features
    3.1.3 Policy - Remote and Isolated Areas
    3.1.4 Policy - Inappropriate Use and Development
    3.1.4 A Policy - Use of and Occupation of Coastal Space
    3.1.4 B Policy - Use of and Occupation of Space for Marinas
    3.1.5 Policy - Restoration
    3.1.6 Policy - Consistent Management
  3.2 Significant Vegetation and Habitat
    3.2.1 Policy - Protection of Significant Vegetation and Habitat
    3.2.2 Policy - Protection of Habitats of Commercially, Traditionally or Culturally Important Species
    3.2.3 Policy - Habitat Margins and Corridors
    3.2.4 Policy - Exotic Plant Control
  3.3 Amenity and Heritage Values
    3.3.1 Policy - Amenity Values
    3.3.2 Policy - Protection of Heritage Values
  3.4 Protection of Coastal Processes
    3.4.1 Policy - Precautionary Approach
    3.4.2 Policy - Recognising Coastal Processes
    3.4.3 Policy - Biodiversity
4 Water Quality
  4.1 High Water Quality Maintained
    4.1.1 Policy - Maintaining or Enhancing Water Quality Characteristics
    4.1.2 Policy - Take and Use of Water
    4.1.3 Policy - Point Source Discharges
    4.1.4 Policy - Non-Point Source Discharges
    4.1.5 Policy - Damming or Diverting Water
5 Structures
  5.1 Development, Maintenance and Removal of Structures
    5.1.1 Policy - Existing Structures
    5.1.2 Policy - Structures Associated with Network Utility Operations
    5.1.3 Policy - Appropriate Structures
    5.1.4 Policy - Notification of Structures and Works
    5.1.5 Policy - Location, construction and maintenance of mooring structures
    5.1.6 Policy - Existing Lawfully Established Mooring Structures
    5.1.7 Policy - Anchorages and Fairways
    5.1.8 Policy - Maximum Mooring Numbers
6 Marine Farming
    Development of Marine Farming
    6.1.1 Policy - Marine Farm Structures
    6.1.1 .A Policy - Diversification of Aquaculture in the Region
    6.1.1 .B Policy – Limits on Fed Aquaculture
    6.1.1 .C Policy - Extensions to Marine Farms
    6.1.1 .D Policy – Establishment and Management of the Coromandel Marine Farming Zone
    6.1.2 Policy - Recreation and Navigation
    6.1.3 Policy - Integrated Management
    6.1.4 Policy - Efficient Use and Development of Coastal Space
6 A Marinas
    Environmental Results Anticipated
  6 A.1.1 Policy - Marina Structures
  6 A.1.2 Policy - Recreation and Navigation
  6 A.1.3 Policy - Integrated Management
  6 A.1.4 Policy - Efficient Use and Development of Coastal Space
7 Foreshore and/or Seabed Disturbances
  7.1 General Disturbances
    7.1.1 Policy - Low Impact Activities
    7.1.2 Policy - Control of Vehicles
    7.1.3 Policy - Military Training
  7.2 Dredging and the Removal of Material from the Foreshore or Seabed
    7.2.1 Policy - Maintenance Dredging
    7.2.2 Policy - Removal of Sand, Shingle and Shell
  7.3 Deposition or Disposal of Material on the Foreshore or Seabed
    7.3.1 Policy - Disposal of Sand, Shingle and Shell
    7.3.2 Policy - Disposal Material
  7.4 Reclamation of the Foreshore or Seabed
    7.4.1 Policy - Inappropriate Reclamation, Declamation and Drainage
    7.4.2 Policy - Reclamation/Declamation Materials and Structural Stability
    7.4.3 Policy - Esplanade Reserves
8 Natural Hazards
  8.1 Avoidance or Mitigation of Natural Hazard Risk
    8.1.1 Policy - Identification and Management of Hazard Areas
    8.1.2 Policy - Precautionary Approach
    8.1.3 Policy - Natural Features
    8.1.4 Policy - Coastal Erosion Structures
9 Public Access
  9.1 Maintenance and Enhancement of Public Access
    9.1.1 Policy - Restrictions on Access
    9.1.2 Policy - Support for Reserves
    9.1.3 Policy - Pressures on Public Access
10 Air Quality and Noise
  10.1 Air Quality
    10.1.1 Policy - Discharges to Air
  10.2 Noise
    10.2.1 Policy - Noise
11 Surface Water Activities
  11.1 Use of Surface of Water
    11.1.1 Policy - Conflicting Surface Water Activities
    11.1.2 Policy - Protecting Shorelines, Habitat and Wildlife Values
12 Decision-Making
  12.1 Consistent Decisions
    12.1.1 Policy - Key Principles
    12.1.2 Policy - Management of Activities
    12.1.3 Policy - Review of Consent Conditions
13 Cross-Boundary and Inter-Agency Management
  13.1 Integrated Management Across Boundaries
    13.1.1 Policy - Consultation with Other Agencies
    13.1.2 Policy - Coastal Environment Inter-Relationships
14 Financial Contributions
  14.1 Use of Financial Contributions
    14.1.1 Policy - When a Financial Contribution May be Required
    14.1.2 Policy - How a Financial Contribution will be Used
    14.1.3 Policy - Applying a Financial Contribution
    14.1.4 Policy - Calculation of the Amount
15 Monitoring and Review
  15.1 Monitoring the State of the CMA
  15.2 Monitoring the Use of Resources in the CMA
  15.3 Coastal Permit Monitoring
  15.4 Monitoring of Processes
16 Implementation Methods
  16.1 Rules
    16.1.1 General
    16.1.2 Non-Complying Activities
  16.2 Habitat and Coastal Processes
    16.2.1 Removal of Vegetation (Permitted Activity)
    16.2.2 Removal or Eradication of Exotic Plant Species (Controlled Activity)
    16.2.3 Removal or Eradication of Indigenous Plant Species (Discretionary Activity)
    16.2.4 Introduction of Indigenous Plant Species (Permitted Activity)
    16.2.5 Introduction of Exotic Plant Species Where Already Present (Discretionary Activity)
    16.2.6 Introduction of Exotic Plant Species (Discretionary Activity)
    16.2.7 Introduction of Exotic Plant Species (Prohibited Activity)
    16.2.8 Introduction of Plant Pests (Prohibited Activity)
    16.2.9 Livestock in Sensitive Areas (Prohibited Activity)
    16.2.10 Marina Basins (Discretionary Activity)
  16.3 Water Quality
      General Advisory Notes:
    16.3.1 Taking and Use of Water by Ships (Permitted Activity)
    16.3.2 Taking and Use of Coastal Water (Permitted Activity)
    16.3.3 Taking and Use of Coastal Water (Controlled Activity)
    16.3.4 Minor Discharges of Water (Permitted Activity)
    16.3.5 Stormwater Discharges (Permitted Activity)
    16.3.6 Stormwater Discharges (Controlled Activity)
    16.3.7 Discharges from Ports, Marinas and Boat Maintenance Areas (Discretionary Activity)
    16.3.8 Sewage Discharges (Discretionary Activity)
    16.3.9 Sewage Discharges (Discretionary Activity)
    16.3.10 Sewage Discharges (Prohibited Activity)
    16.3.11 Sewage Discharges (Prohibited Activity)
    16.3.12 Discharges of Hazardous Substances (Discretionary Activity)
    16.3.13 Discharges to the CMA (Discretionary Activity)
    16.3.14 Damming or Diversion of Water (Discretionary Activity)
    16.3.15 Discharge of Dye Tracers (Controlled Activity)
  16.4 Structures
      General Advisory Notes:
    16.4.1 Temporary Structures (Permitted Activity)
    16.4.1A Monitoring or Sampling Structures (Permitted Activity)
    16.4.2 Maimai (Permitted Activity)
    16.4.3 Whitebait Stands (Permitted Activity)
    16.4.4 Tide Fences (Permitted Activity)
    16.4.5 Navigational Aids (Permitted Activity)
    16.4.6 Swing Moorings within Zoned Mooring Areas (Controlled Activity)
    16.4.7 Moorings within a Harbour/Estuary outside of Zoned Mooring Areas (Prohibited Activity)
    16.4.8 Permanent Swing Moorings outside of Zoned Mooring Areas (Discretionary Activity)
    16.4.9 Transfer of Swing Mooring Permits in Whangamata (Prohibited Activity)
    16.4.9A Marina Structures within Tairua Marina Zone l (Restricted Discretionary Activity)
    16.4.9B Marina Structures Within Tairua Marina Zone II (Discretionary Activity)
    16.4.10 Structures Associated with Network Utility Operations (Permitted Activity)
    16.4.11 Structures Associated with Network Utility Operations (Controlled Activity)
    16.4.12 Structures Which Impound or Effectively Contain the CMA (Discretionary Activity)
    16.4.13 Structures Which Impound or Effectively Contain the CMA (Prohibited Activity)
    16.4.14 Structures More or Less Parallel to Mean High Water Springs (Discretionary Activity)
    16.4.15 Structures More or Less Parallel to Mean High Water Springs (Prohibited Activity)
    16.4.16 Structures Oblique or Perpendicular to Mean High Water Springs (Discretionary Activity)
    16.4.17 Structures Oblique or Perpendicular to Mean High Water Springs (Prohibited Activity)
    16.4.18 Structures Used in the Petroleum and Chemical Industry (Discretionary Activity)
    16.4.19 Structures Used in the Petroleum and Chemical Industry (Prohibited Activity)
    16.4.20 Maintenance and Repair of Structures (Permitted Activity)
    16.4.21 Maintenance and Repair of Structures (Controlled Activity)
    16.4.22 Minor Extensions and/or Alterations to Structures (Controlled Activity)
    16.4.23 Removal or Demolition of Structures (Permitted Activity)
    16.4.24 Structures (Discretionary Activity)
    16.4.25 oles and Pontoons within a Marina Basin (Permitted Activity)
    16.4.26 Use of and Occupation of Space by Structures (Discretionary Activity)
  16.5 Marine Farming
    16.5.1 Fish Aggregation Devices and Spat Catching Buoys and Lines (Discretionary Activity)
    16.5.2 Structures for Shellfish Research Purposes (Discretionary Activity)
    16.5.3 Current1 Marine Farm Structures (Discretionary Activity)
    16.5.4 Conventional Longline Marine Farming and Associated Structures in Wilson Bay Zone Areas A and B (Controlled Activity)
    16.5.4A Other Marine Farm Structures in Wilson Bay Zone Areas A and B (Discretionary Activity)
    16.5.4B Marine Farming in Wilson Bay Zone Area C (Discretionary Activity)
    16.5.4C Discharge of Feed, Medicines and Therapeutic Compounds Associated with Marine Farming in Area C of Wilson Bay Zone (Discretionary Activity)
    16.5.5 Conventional Inter-tidal Oyster Farm Structures (Discretionary Activity)
    16.5.5A Extensions of Marine Farms (Discretionary Activity)
    16.5.5B Marine Farming Structures (Discretionary Activity)
    16.5.5C Discharge of Feed, Medicines and Therapeutic Compounds Associated with Marine Farming outside the Wilson Bay Zone (Discretionary Activity)
    16.5.5D Marine Farm Structures within Coromandel Marine Farming Zone (Discretionary Activity)
    16.5.5E Discharge of Feed, Medicines and Therapeutic Compounds Associated with Marine Farming within Coromandel Marine Farming Zone (Restricted Discretionary Activity)
    16.5.6 Marine Farming Structures (Prohibited Activity)
    16.5.6A Discharge of Feed, Medicines and Therapeutic Compounds Associated with Marine Farming (Prohibited Activity)
    16.5.7 Marine Farm Structures (Prohibited Activity)
    16.5.8 Staging of the Consents within the Coromandel Marine Farming Zone
  16.6 Disturbances
    16.6.1 Recreational Activities (Permitted Activity)
    16.6.2 Vehicle Use (Permitted Activity)
    16.6.3 Vehicle Use (Discretionary Activity)
    16.6.4 Military Training (Permitted Activity)
    16.6.5 Military Training in Military Operation Areas (Permitted Activity)
    16.6.6 Military Training (Prohibited Activity)
    16.6.7 Removal of Sediment from Waterways (Permitted Activity)
    16.6.8 Removal of Sediment from Waterways (Discretionary Activity)
    16.6.9 Maintenance Dredging (Controlled Activity)
    16.6.9A Construction Dredging within Tairua Marina Zone l (Restricted Discretionary Activity)
    16.6.9B Construction Dredging within Tairua Marina Zone ll (Discretionary Activity)
    16.6.10 Minor Disturbances/Deposits (Permitted Activity)
    16.6.11 Minor Disturbances/Deposits (Controlled Activity)
    16.6.12 Disturbances/Deposits to the Foreshore or Seabed (Discretionary Activity)
    16.6.13 Disturbances/Deposits to the Foreshore or Seabed (Discretionary Activity)
    16.6.14 Disturbances/Deposits to the Foreshore or Seabed (Prohibited Activity)
    16.6.15 Beach Nourishment (Controlled Activity)
    16.6.16 Refer Rule 16.6.13(ii)
    16.6.17 Refer Rule 16.6.14(ii)
    16.6.18 Deposition of Material Containing Hazardous Substances (Prohibited Activity)
    16.6.19 Reclamations (Discretionary Activity)
    16.6.20 Reclamation or Drainage (Discretionary Activity)
    16.6.21 Reclamations (Prohibited Activity)
    16.6.22 Materials Used For Reclamations/Declamations (Prohibited Activity)
    16.6.23  Maintenance of Existing Drainage Canal Outlets, Floodgate Outlets and Stopbanks (Permitted Activity)
    16.6.24 Declamations (Discretionary Activity)
  16.7  Natural Hazards
    16.7.1 Short-Term Structures for Hazard Management (Controlled Activity)
  16.8 Public Access
    16.8.1 Exclusive Occupation (Discretionary Activity)
    16.8.2 Exclusive Occupation (Prohibited Activity)
17  Other Methods
  17.1 Tangata Whenua
    17.1.1 Establishing a Working Relationship
    17.1.2 Transfer/Delegation of Functions
    17.1.3 Identification of Areas/Characteristics of Special Value
    17.1.4 Consultation on Consent Applications
    17.1.5 Marae-Based Meetings
    17.1.6 Consultation with Tangata Whenua and Promotion of Kaitiakitanga
    17.1.7 Identification of Iwi Authorities
    17.1.8 Treaty Claims
  17.2 Natural Character, Habitat and Coastal Processes
    17.2.1 Consultation with Territorial Authorities
    17.2.2 Reserve Areas
    17.2.3 Consultation with the Ministry of Fisheries
    17.2.4 Native Coastal Plant Species
    17.2.5 Identification of Unrecorded Historic and Archaeological Sites
    17.2.6 Environment Waikato: Works and Services
    17.2.7 Protection and Restoration of Natural Character in the CMA
    17.2.8 Tangata Whenua Values
    17.2.9 Consultation with Department of Conservation
    17.2.10 Community Values of Significance
    17.2.11 Protection of Riparian Vegetation and Transition Zones
    17.2.12 Pest Management Strategies
    17.2.13 Management of Coastal Processes
    17.2.14 Buffer Zone Along Coastal Margin
    17.2.15 Livestock Grazing
    17.2.16 Consultation with New Zealand Historic Places Trust
    17.2.17 Information on Marine Habitats/Vegetation Enhancement
    17.2.18 Information on Coastal Processes
    17.2.19 Information on Exotic Species in the Coastal Environment
    17.2.20 Heritage Resources
    17.2.21 Information from Applicants
    17.2.22 Heritage Criteria
    17.2.23 Complexity and Inter-Relatedness of CMA
    17.2.24 Gathering Further Information on Vegetation, Habitats, Coastal Processes and Community Values
    17.2.25 Information Recorded
    17.2.26 Identification of Key Protection Areas
  17.3 Water Quality
    17.3.1 Consultation with Territorial Authorities
    17.3.2 Management of Ballast Water
    17.3.3 Oil Spill Plans
    17.3.4 Gathering Further Information
    17.3.5 Review of Existing Discharge Permits
    17.3.6 Stormwater Liaison
    17.3.7 Consultation with Boating Interests
    17.3.8 Marine Farming
    17.3.9 Regional and District Plans
    17.3.10 Regional and District Plans
    17.3.11 Land-Based Waste Treatment
    17.3.12 Water Quality Promotions
    17.3.13 Disseminating Research on Water Quality
    17.3.14 Notification
    17.3.15 Managing Discharges within a Marina
  17.4 Structures
    17.4.1 Consultative Approach to Historic Structures
    17.4.2 Establishing a Database
    17.4.3 Surveying the Coast
    17.4.4 Removal of Structures
    17.4.5 Notification of Structures and Works
  17.5 Marine Farming
    17.5.1 Support for Good Management Practices
    17.5.2 Coastal Tendering Regime
    17.5.2 A Allocation of Space within the Coromandel Marine Farming Zone
    17.5.3 Staged Development of Marine Farms
    17.5.4 Information Gathering - Marine Farming
    17.5.5 Integrated Management Between Agencies
    17.5.6 Marine Farming Forum
    17.5.7 Hearing Commissioners
    17.5.8 Lighting Management
    17.5.9 Inshore Passage at Wilson Bay
  17.6 Foreshore and/or Seabed Disturbances
    17.6.1 Recreation Events above Mean High Water Springs
    17.6.2 Consultation with the Ministry of Fisheries
    17.6.3 Damage to Margin Habitats from Livestock and Horses
    17.6.4 Beach Wardens
    17.6.5 Dune Management
    17.6.6 Cross-Boundary Effects
    17.6.7 Information Requirements
  17.7 Natural Hazards
    17.7.1 Consultation with Other Agencies
    17.7.2 Guidance on Assessment Methodology
    17.7.3 Development of Hazard Management Strategies
    17.7.4 Appropriate Management Options
    17.7.5 Consultation with Territorial Authorities
    17.7.6 Natural Hazards Awareness
    17.7.7 Identification of Vulnerable Areas
    17.7.8 Adoption of Precautionary Approach
    17.7.9 Protection of Natural Features
  17.8 Public Access
    17.8.1 Provision of Service Facilities
    17.8.2 Consultation with Territorial Authorities
    17.8.3 Consultation with Department of Conservation and Local Communities
    17.8.4 Protection of Iwi Values
    17.8.5 Promotion of Walkways
    17.8.6 Consultation with Territorial Authorities and Local Communities
    17.8.7 Esplanade Reserves
    17.8.8 Strategic Approach to Public Access
  17.9 Air Quality and Noise
    17.9.1 Management of Air Quality
    17.9.2 Integrated Management of Noise Emissions
    17.9.3 Determination of Excessive and Reasonable Noise Levels
    17.9.4 Management of Noise
  17.10 Surface Water Activities
    17.10.1 Support for Launch Wardens
    17.10.2 Consultation with Local Communities
    17.10.3 Development of Harbour Plans
  17.11  Cross-Boundary Management
    17.11.1 Plan Integration
    17.11.2 Joint Hearings
    17.11.3 Cross-Boundary Consultation
    17.11.4 Discussion and Sharing of Information
    17.11.5 Consideration of the CMA
    17.11.6 Information on the Plan
    17.11.7 Effects of Activities above Mean High Water Springs on the CMA
  APPENDIX I: Information Requirements
    General
    Natural Character, Habitat And Coastal Processes
    Water Quality
    Structures
    Moorings
    Marine Farming
    Disturbances
    Public Access
    Noise And Air Quality
    Surface Water Activities
  APPENDIX IA: Baseline Survey and Monitoring Requirements for Aquaculture Activities
  1 Fundamental Aspects of baseline surveys and monitoring programmes
    1.1 Baseline Survey
    1.2 Monitoring Programme
    1.3 General considerations for designing a baseline survey or monitoring programme
    1.4 Qualification and experience
    1.5 Sampling site locations
    1.6 Requirements to be assessed in a baseline survey or monitoring programme
    1.7 Methodological considerations
    1.8 Reporting and assessment of results
  APPENDIX II: Decision-Making Criteria and Considerations
    General
    Tangata Whenua
    Habitat And Coastal Processes
    Water Quality
    Structures
    Marine Farming
    Disturbances
    Air Quality And Noise
    Public Access
  Appendix III: Maps
    General Map 1: Location of Regional Coastal Boundary
    General Map 2: Coastal Features
    General Map 3: Coastal Landscape Assessment
    General Map 4: Rohe Potae
    General Map 5: Monitoring Sub-Areas
    General Map 6: Overview of ASCV
    Schedule 1: Zoned Mooring Areas and Maximum Numbers of Moorings within these Zones
    Schedule 2: Prohibited Mooring Zones
    Schedule 3: ZMA Co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum)
    Schedule 4: Cross-River CMA Boundaries
    Schedule 5: Current Marine Farms in the Waikato Region
    Schedule 6: Marine Farming Zones
    Marine Farming Map 10: Marine Farms in Coromandel Harbour Area
    Map 1
    Map 2
    Map 3
    Map 4
    Map 5
    Map 6
    Map 7
    Map 8
    Map 8A
    Map 9
    Map 10
    Map 11
    Map 12
    Map 13
    Map 14
    Map 15
    Map 16
    Map 17
    Map 18
    Map 19
    Map 20
    Map 21
    Map 22
    Map 23
    Map 24
    Map 25
    Map key
    Whitianga Marina Map 1
    Whangamata Marina Zone - Map 2
  APPENDIX IV: Areas of Significant Conservation Value
  APPENDIX V: Additional Matters
    Advice on Consents Process
    Existing Uses
    Occupation of Space
    Conditions on Consents
    Rents and Royalties
    Coastal Tendering
    Building Act
    Bylaws
    Transfer and/or Delegation of Functions, Powers, Duties
    Fisheries Management
    Maritime Transport Act
    Marine Pollution
  APPENDIX VI: Glossary
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