The Marlborough District Council notified the proposed
Marlborough Environment Plan (MEP) on 9 June 2016. Now is your
opportunity to have your say by lodging a submission.
The MEP combines the Regional Policy Statement and most of the
Marlborough Sounds and Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plans
into one single planning document for the region. Some of the rules
in the MEP have legal effect now and must be complied with.
Provisions relating to marine farming do not yet form part of the
new plan and are still under review.
The MEP sets out what people can do on their land and how it may
be developed. It also guides how individuals and businesses may use
resources such as fresh water and coastal space. Therefore if you
have property, business, recreational or other community interests
in Marlborough, the MEP may directly affect you.
You have an opportunity to be involved in the process by lodging
a submission on the MEP. The closing date for submissions is 5pm,
Thursday 1 September 2016.
Planning documents are usually only reviewed every ten years so
the opportunity doesn't come along often to have your say on
matters such as:
the zoning of your property;
how your property can be developed;
how your neighbour's property can be developed; and
how your property or activity can be protected into the
This process provides you with an opportunity to consider how
your interests might be affected by the MEP and lodge a submission
to ensure that your interests are protected. This can be done by
either seeking changes to the MEP or supporting the notified
provisions of the MEP so that those provisions stay in the MEP and
are not changed as a result of someone else's submission.
The key to preparing your submission is to first understand how
the MEP affects you. Then in your submission, clearly set out what
parts of the MEP your submission relates to, the decision you would
like the Council to make on the MEP, the reasons for this and
whether you would like to attend the hearing to speak to your
If you would like to attend the hearing, your submission
provides the scope for what you can present. Therefore it is
important to ensure that your submission addresses those matters
that you want to cover at the hearing.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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