Policy 8-2: Activity Management Areas

Activities in the CMA must be managed using Activity Management Areas. The Activity Management Areas comprise:
  1. a Port Activity Management Area for the purposes of enabling the efficient and practical operation* of Wanganui Port and associated industries and boating facilities, as shown in Schedule I: Part B, by providing for activities which:
    1. facilitate the operation* of the Wanganui Port and marina, including restricting public access where it is necessary for safety reasons
    2. involve maintenance dredging and associated disposal to maintain a navigational depth
    3. involve the maintenance*, upgrade* or extension of existing structures^.
  2. various Protection Activity Management Areas for the purposes of protecting the ecological and other important characteristics within each specified Area (as shown in Table I.1 of Schedule I: Part B). These Areas are sensitive and must be protected from adverse effects^ of activities other than activities which:
    1. appropriately enable or restrict public access, or
    2. are essential for public safety, or
    3. are intended to restore or conserve a site* or characteristics within a site*, or
    4. have no more than minor adverse environmental effects^ on the characteristics to be protected in each Protection Activity Management Area.
  3. a General Activity Management Area for the purposes of managing activities in all areas other than areas covered by the Port Activity Management Area and Protection Activity Management Areas. The purpose of the General Activity Management Area is to ensure that adverse effects^ are avoided as far as reasonably practicable and, where they cannot be avoided, are remedied or mitigated.

Policy 8-3: Aquaculture Management Areas

Aquaculture activities^ in the CMA require the establishment of an aquaculture management area by way of a notified change^ to Chapter 18 of this Plan.

Policy 8-4: Appropriate use and development

Any use or development in the CMA must:
  1. have a functional necessity to be located in the CMA,
  2. facilitate restoration or rehabilitation of natural features where reasonably practicable, and
  3. avoid, as far as reasonably practicable, any adverse effects^ on the following important values:
    1. any characteristic listed in Table I.1 in Schedule I: Part B for each Protection Activity Management Area
    2. elements and processes that contribute to the natural character and open space characteristics of the CMA
    3. the landscape and seascape elements that contribute to the natural character of the CMA
    4. areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna, and the maintenance of indigenous biological diversity^
    5. the intrinsic values of ecosystems
    6. the natural integrity and functioning of physical processes (including recognition of sea level rise*)
    7. historic heritage^.
When avoidance is not reasonably practicable, the adverse effects^ must be remedied or mitigated.

Policy 8-5: Public access
  1. Activities in the CMA must be established and operated in a manner which readily provides for public access. Public access must be restricted only where necessary for commercial, safety, cultural or conservation purposes, or to ensure a level of security appropriate for activities authorised by a resource consent^.
  2. Public access in the CMA for recreational purposes must be provided in a manner that protects bird habitat areas, estuarine plant communities and dune stability.