Coastal Environment

The Coastal Environment is defined to include the inland extent of the coastal environment: estuaries and low lying coastal areas including mapped coastal hazard areas, the tidal reach, the top of escarpments and the landform that is a product of coastal processes. Also visually prominent headlands are included in the definition of the coastal environment.


► The current planning controls do not reflect the diversity within the current Significant Coastal Landscape (SCL).
► The current District Plan does not contain any rules relating to the use and development of land subject to coastal erosion.
► Elements of the Cape Wanbrow landscape have been identified as requiring protection. How development in and around Cape Wanbrow is best managed to reflect the natural and historic features of the harbour area and its importance.
► Updating and integrating recently identified geopreservation sites within the coastal areas.
► Development pressures including the expansion of built development within the coastal environs. Changing land use can result in landscape change.
► Exotic tree planting, and forestry pressures can adversely affect the natural character of the coast.
► Provision of utilities and associated infrastructure, is this appropriate and at what scale within the coastal environs.
► Additional ‘signficant coastal’ and ‘outstanding natural landscapes’ have been identified for possible inclusion in the District Plan.


► Updating and extending the significant coastal overlay to reflect the conclusions reached in commissioned landscape reports.
► Incorporation of Outstanding Natural Features within the coastal landscape overlay (Moeraki and Katiki).
► Protection of the visual and natural values of the Cape Wanbrow headland by limiting urban expansion in some areas and allowing for further residential development within some parts of the Cape.
► Management of utilities and related infrastructure within the coastal landscape. This may include additional controls around the design and scale of buildings and earthworks.
► Protection of natural features/coastal processes to assist with mitigation of natural hazards. This may include rules that encourage conservation activities. New rules for encouraging natural defences such as wetlands and vegetated dunes.
► The incorporation of additional rules around esplanade reserves and strips to maintain and enhance access to coastlines and other identified waterbodies. 
► Develop a rule framework to incorporate the coastal landscape through the subdivision process, such as limiting subdivision to larger lots where the areas involved include the coastal landscapes in rural areas.
► Change the activity status dependant on the classification of the coastal area eg. non-complying activity in higher value areas such as an ONL or ONF.
► Making provision for Takata Whenua input in the assessment of land use or development proposals.
► Providing for limited new activities within the significant coastal landscape, ONF’s and ONL’s in appropriate circumstances.