Developing a methodology for assessing the natural character of rivers
Marlborough District Council (MDC) engaged Boffa Miskell to assess selected rivers and their margins in the Marlborough Region under Section 6(a) of the Resource Management Act 1991.This study forms part of MDC’s review of the natural character aspects of the Regional Policy Statement, the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan and the Wairau Awatere Resource Management Plan. Section 6 under the RMA concerns ‘Matters of National Importance’ and Section 6(a) states: >em<‘the preservation of the natural character of the coastal environment (including the coastal marine area), wetlands, and lakes and rivers and their margins, and the protection of them from inappropriate subdivision, use, and development’.>/em<
Separate to this study, Boffa Miskell led a team of experts from the Department of Conservation, Landcare Research and Lucas Associates to define and map the Coastal Environment and to undertake a natural character study of that coastal environment.
Unlike coastal environments, there is no statutory requirement for territorial authorities to determine the natural character of a region’s or district’s rivers.
However, MDC was involved in a study in 2009 co-funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST), headed by Ken Hughey of Lincoln University. The FRST study is a nationwide research programme analysing different aspects of river values.
Boffa Miskell led the river study research which represents one of only a few river studies that have been completed for a District/ Region nationwide and will form part of the Council’s review process of their council documents.
Landscape Planning; assistance with the development of planning mechanisms.
|Client||Marlborough District Council|
|Project team||James Bentley|
|Worked with||Marlborough District Council, Lincoln University|
|Project date||2009 and 2014|