Identifying areas of outstanding natural features and landscapes at a regional scale
Canterbury is one of the largest and most diverse regions of New Zealand holding a variety of landscapes. Environment Canterbury commissioned a report that aimed to identify areas of outstanding natural features and landscapes (ONF/Ls) at a regional scale throughout Canterbury.
As part of the study, Boffa Miskell undertook a review of the Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Significant Landscapes originally identified in th e Canterbury Regional Landscape Study (1993) in order to inform Environment Canterbury’s review of their Regional Policy Statement.
It is a comprehensive, technical, peer-reviewed update of the previous study, which was one of the first regional landscape analyses completed in re sponse to the 1991 Resource Management Act. A number of maps illustrate geomorphological and landscape character information in a way that is easy to read and understand.
The focus of the study is on large-scale landscape patterns that are able to be distinguished at a regional level, rather than site specific ana lysis.
This updated study builds upon the methods used in 1993 and refl ects current best practice in landscape assessment. It is intended to provide a basis for informing further detailed landscape studies in the region. Where the stu dy team identified discrepancies between the ONL areas identified in the 1993 study and the values identified in 2010, recommendations were made on possible changes to these boundaries.
The study was used by ECAN to inform the landscape chapter of the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement which Boffa Miskell also provided planning services for.
The study and RPS chapter withstood the scrutiny of the RPS hearing process and findings were adopted in 2012.
|Project team||Yvonne Pflüger|
Di Lucas, Graham Densem and Andrew Craig
|Awards||Landscape Planning and Environmental Studies NZILA Distinction Award, 2013 NZILA Resene Pride of Place Landscape Architecture Awards|