Plan review for reserves
The Thames-coromandel District Council is reviewing its Reserve Management Plans.
Council says reserves are much-loved features of the district and provide opportunities for recreation, as well as a general sense of open space where people can enjoy the simple things such as a picnic with family and friends.
It acknowledged many of the reserve management plans were over 10 years old and it believes the communities’ needs and expectations of reserves have changed over this time.
Consultation closes at 4pm Friday January 18 for the draft General Policies Document and the RMP for the Coromandel-colville Ward.
RMPS are a legal requirement under the Reserves Act 1977 and the council was required to prepare RMPS for all reserves, except local purpose reserves.
Some of the things the council was looking at include:
■ Adding policy prohibiting scattering of ashes and burial of placenta on reserves without written approval from Council. Scattering of ashes from cremation and burial of placenta are deeply significant experiences for family and friends. However, it can be a concern for people using or working on a reserve to realise they may have inadvertently disturbed such remains.
■ Redrafting the policy on gifting of land and commemorative features to enable placement of public art in reserves where this is consistent with the reserve values, it is not cost prohibitive to install or maintain and it aligns with the arts strategy.
■ Ensuring policy in the General Policies Reserve Management Plan, including on freedom camping, dogs, natural hazards and the use of drones, is consistent with other council policy, plans and bylaws.
■You can read the full draft plan and provide your feedback on the General Policies at www.tcdc.govt.nz/rmp
■ The council will be holding a series of public sessions for direct feedback. Keep an eye out on its Facebook page and website or sign up to its events newsletter www.tcdc.govt.nz/subscribe