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Coromandel/Firth of Thames integrated coastal planning project

Report: TR06/12
Author: Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner Ltd

Abstract

Environment Waikato has commissioned a study to explore with other resource management agencies in the east coast of the Waikato region (Coromandel/Firth of Thames) a framework for integrated planning for the use, development and protection of the coastal environment. The study explores what has been termed a local coastal planning (LCP) model. This model is characterised by resource management agencies making joint management plans, which cover multiple jurisdictions, which encompass both the land and sea of the coastal environment, and are at a scale, which is locally relevant for particular areas of the coast.

The Coromandel/Firth of Thames is an extensive geographic area. There is approximately 880km of coastline, including approximately 200km of islands. This area is characterised by unique settlements, diverse natural and physical resources, important values and a wide range of pressures on the coastal environment.

The integrated coastal planning (ICP) scoping study is not a detailed assessment of site-specific issues, rather it is an exploration of a model for integrated planning and management of the coastal environment as well as an initial analysis of the key issues within the area and identification of potential information gaps.

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Table of Contents

1 Executive summary 1
2 Introduction 5
2.1 Study purpose 7
2.2 Study area 7
2.3 Format of report 8
3 Coastal management 9
3.1 Statutory coastal management 9
3.2 Strategic coastal planning 11
3.3 Integrated coastal management 17
3.4 Local coastal planning model 18
4 Lessons learned 20
4.1 Summary of lessons for ICP project 26
5 A strategic planning framework for integrated coastal planning 28
6 Coromandel/Firth of Thames 29
6.1 Overview 29
6.2 Population growth and demand 30
6.3 Resource use and development 31
6.4 Infrastructure 33
6.5 Natural character/landscape 34
6.6 Natural heritage/biodiversity 35
6.7 Community well-being/sense of place/heritage 36
6.8 Recreation/access 37
6.9 Cultural values 40
6.10 Environmental quality 41
6.11 Coastal hazards 43
7 Sub-catchments 43
7.1 Overview 45
7.2 The plains and southern firth 46
7.3 Firth of Thames and western Coromandel 48
7.4 Northern tip of the peninsula 50
7.5 North-eastern coast 55
8 Cluster policy areas 58
9 Local coastal planning areas 60
9.1 Local coastal plans 60
9.2 LCP area identification 60
9.3 Prioritisation of LCP areas 62
10 Recommended way forward 65
10.1 Preferred strategy approach 65
10.2 Suggested governance approach 66
10.3 Addressing information gaps 67
11 Work plan 70
11.1 Work plan: Stage one (total three months) 72
11.2 Work plan: Stage two (total 24-36 months) 72
12 Acknowledgements 73
Appendix 1 - Project linkages  
Appendix 2 - ICP position statements  
Appendix 3 - LCP area descriptions  
Appendix 4 - Example of LCP area concept map  
Appendix 5 - Bibliography