Open Space & Recreation Zones

This topic looks at new zones for open space that recognise nature and the community value of recreational activities occurring within different areas. These areas can be conservation land, larger reserves or parks for active sports located with towns and settlements.

Key Issues:

  • Existing open space and recreation land are currently zoned residential or rural. Presently, these zones do not suitably provide for activities and facilities usually occurring on open space and recreation land
  • Draft new National Planning Standards (at the time of writing) prescribe the use of ‘Open Space and Recreation Zones’, and these need to be reflected in new District Plans regarding
    open space and recreation land
  • General support for Open Space and Recreation Zones was evident in comments from the community via Issues and Options papers in 2017/18
  • Open space and recreation land should be managed through zoning fit for purpose, to provide for the activities and facilities that usually occur there.

What We’re Thinking:

Three Open Space and Recreation Zones are proposed:

  • Natural Open Space Zone: this will seek to ensure the zone’s Natural Environment is retained, providing for compatible activities, buildings and structures. Large areas of the zone will lie in the Puketeraki Range in the west of the District, and in the Coastal Environment in the east of the District based around Tūhaitara Coastal Park, with many smaller areas of the zone in-between
  • Open Space Zone: this will primarily provide for a range of passive and active recreation activities along with limited associated facilities and structures. The zone will include parks, playgrounds and informal recreation spaces in a variety of sizes, locations, settings, and communities. It will also include existing cemeteries, which function as memorial gardens and have a park-like setting
  • Sport and Active Recreation Zone: this will primarily provide for a range of indoor and outdoor sport and active recreation activities and associated facilities, in specified locations.
    This includes sports fields, artificial and/or hard playing surfaces, aquatic centres, sports stadiums, and multi-sport facilities

It is proposed that the zones generally include public land only.

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