The draft Wanaka lakefront reserves management plan will be
an ''enabling'' rather than ''restrictive'' document, the
Wanaka Community Board heard yesterday.
Queenstown Lakes District Council general manager operations
Ruth Stokes fielded questions from board members regarding
the plan as they weighed up whether to approve its draft
version for public notification.
Cr Ella Lawton said more time was needed for board members to
consider the plan before putting it out to the public as it
was a ''really important document that we don't know a lot
She queried how the plan would fit into the forthcoming
district plan review and whether it would take precedence
over the current district plan.
Mrs Stokes said the Reserves Act required all management
plans to be continually reviewed and while the draft
lakefront reserves management plan would provide clarity on
whether various activities and facilities could occur on each
reserve, they would still be subject to other regulations
such as the district plan.
''The policies prevailing for each of the reserves are more
enabling rather than restrictive,'' Mrs Stokes said.
''More a principle-based plan that gives you an idea of what
you can expect to see happen on the reserve ... it doesn't
nail it down in stone.''
Cr Calum MacLeod agreed with Cr Lawton that a document that
was ''going to exist for decades'' should not be publicly
notified until more discussion by the board.
''I'd rather make a good decision than a hasty decision,'' he
Mrs Stokes assured him the plan would not be notified as it
Amendments would be made first by board members at a
Cr Lyal Cocks said public input on the draft plan should not
be further delayed.
''If we can give it in principle support for public
notification after the workshop, I'd support that, because
I'm just concerned this is going on and on ... we need to get
on with it.''
Chairwoman Rachel Brown commended the authors of the draft
plan - Parks and Recreation Infrastructure Consultants Ltd -
for including an appendix of public suggestions for the plan
and specifying which policies in the plan responded to each
''That's really robust democracy,'' Ms Brown said.
The community board resolved to adopt the draft plan for
public notification subject to amendments made at a board
workshop, likely to be held on March 25, with final sign-off
by Ms Brown and Mrs Stokes.