5.1 Each of the sections of the District Plan are set out in a
standard manner. The sections start with an introduction, follow
with the resource management strategy including issues, objectives,
policies and methods, an explanation, and finish with the
anticipated environmental outcomes for that section.
5.2 The District Plan should be
considered as a whole and there may be instances where the
objectives and policies stated for one zone are applicable to
another. This can occur where the effects of activities cross Zone
boundaries, or where an activity occurs on the boundary of a
5.3 Section 75 and the Second
Schedule of the Act state what a District Plan is to contain, thus
providing a District Plan template. All of the matters stated in
Section 75 must be in a District Plan. The following discusses
those components of the District Plan.
5.3.1 Section Introduction
or Zone Introduction
The Section Introduction or Zone Introduction introduces
the topic upon which the objectives, policies, and methods of that
section are based. The Zone Introduction details the character of
the Zone and the zone components. The Section or Zone Introduction
provides a 'snapshot' of the section topic.
5.3.2 Resource Management
The Resource Management Strategy is the strategy adopted
to manage a particular topic. The strategy comprises the issues,
objectives, policies, and methods including rules, that guide
effective resource management decisions. The components of the
Resource Management Strategy are discussed below.
5.3.3 Resource management
The resource management issues identified in the Plan
focus on environmental management areas of concern. Resource
management issues are derived from legislative responsibility and
from issues raised throughout the District Plan consultation
process. Resource management issues provide the basis for
intervention in environmental management. They also provide the
foundation for the objectives and policies of the District
Objectives are the desired outcomes, or goals, that are to
be achieved from the implementation of policies and methods of the
District Plan. The objectives of the Plan are derived from the
resource management issues.
Policies are the driving force to attain the objectives of
the Plan. A policy is what is required to achieve the Plan's
objectives. Policies are effects based and provide guidance for the
community and resource consent applicants.
The policies of the Plan are implemented by the Methods.
There are many methods able to be employed by Council, these range
from least interventionist to more regulatory methods. The methods
of the District Plan include Rules and Other methods.
Section 76 of the Act enables Council to have rules in the
District Plan that prohibit, regulate, or allow activities. Rules
give legislative effect to the objectives and policies of the Plan.
Rules are enforceable and require compliance. The Rules of the
District Plan provide for permitted, controlled, discretionary, and
non-complying activities (See 2.2).
They also state whether an activity requires a resource
5.3.8 Assessment criteria
Assessment criteria are stated for each Zone. They are
used to assess the effects of proposed controlled, discretionary,
and non-complying activities on the environment. The lists are not
exhaustive and the Council must also have regard to the matters
stated in Section 104 and 105 of the Act. Assessment criteria are a
guide to Council Officers, Councillors, and consent applicants as
to the practical matters to be considered in assessing an
application for a resource consent. The assessment criteria are
used when formulating conditions which may be imposed on resource
consents for controlled activities in respect of those matters over
which Council has reserved control. Subdivision is a controlled or
discretionary activity in each zone and a resource consent is
Zone Standards are stated for each zone in the plan. They
are standards for all activities. Where any activity does not
comply with the Zone Standards it will require a resource consent
and will be assessed according to the assessment criteria stated in
the relevant zone.
Other methods, methods other than rules, are stated for
each section of the Plan. Other methods include education,
collection of information, community initiatives, further research,
and the use of methods derived from other legislation, such as the
use of Reserve Management Plans. The other methods stated in the
Plan are a combination of those methods that can be instituted by
Council or the community.
Each section of the Plan Section 3 to Section 19
has an explanation. The explanation discusses the reasons for
adopting objectives, policies, and the methods of the
5.3.12 Anticipated environmental
The anticipated environmental outcomes stated in each
section are the environmental results that the community can expect
from the implementation of the objectives, policies, and methods of
the District Plan. Each of these outcomes should be measurable and
able to be monitored.
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