UNITARY PLAN ‘BACKGROUNDER’ re PARKS & RESERVES (Open Space.)
Depending on the zoning of a park or reserve, various uses may be permitted as of right, or may be allowed as a restricted discretionary activity.
Any such permitted or restricted discretionary activity/use means that the public will be given no notice of what is to happen and allowed no input. You will only know when the “activity” (e.g. a building or a market) begins.
Depending on the zoning, some or all of the following activities could impact on a reserve through the ‘secret’ processes described above:
The above means that Council officers will have a free hand, organised groups will be able to lobby for things they want in the park for themselves, but the public will have no say, and most times, no prior knowledge.
We’ll just have to pay and put up with it. This is NOT RIGHT, it is NOT DEMOCRATIC, and it is NOT the way things have been done previously. You may wish to make a submission about this.
Submissions must be sent to:
The Unitary Plan Submission Team,
Freepost Authority 237170
Private Bag 92300
And be received by them no later than 28th February 2014.
Tony Holman. Chair, LSBPS (Inc.)
The Draft Auckland Unitary Plan will affect all residents and visitors to Little Shoal Bay. The draft plan contains many proposed changes to the existing district plans and we think it’s important that you contribute to the feedback process, either on the shapeauckland website or by downloading the Auckland Unitary Plan feedback form for you to complete and send (by freepost) to Auckland Council.
Some of the activities listed in the Public Open Space zones in Little Shoal Bay and Le Roys Bush are unacceptable e.g. buildings as a “Permitted” activity. Others may be acceptable, but the community needs to have an input through a notified application process, to ensure the specific use, size, design and location are appropriate in the context of Little Shoal Bay reserve & Le Roys Bush. The “Permitted” and “Restricted Discretionary” status of these activities in the Draft Unitary Plan does not allow public input.
“Permitted” (P) or “Restricted Discretionary” (RD) status for the following activities in zones 1 Conservation, 2 Informal Recreation, and 3 Sport & Active Recreation in the Bay & Le Roys Bush:
Every Council is required to have a Management Plan for each reserve under its control. (Reserves Act, 1977).
The aim is to ensure that the development, management, use and enjoyment of the reserve is based on sound resource management through the involvement of the public expressing their needs.
Management Plans set out the objectives and policies for the park, identified and resolved after a full public process of discussions, submissions and hearings.
Once adopted, the Plan may be changed, but only after another full, open and consultative public process.
The LSB Management Plan was adopted and became operative in December, 1997. A hard copy of the plan can be viewed at the Birkenhead or Northcote Public Library or you can download a PDF document here: Management Plan: Little Shoal Bay and Le Roys Bush Reserves
Contents of the Plan:
This is the really important section setting out the:
These pages (pages 32 – 46) are the most important.
The maps on pages 57, 59 and 61 are also very important and link to the policies and legal matters including the Resource Management Act and Reserves Act.
See page 49 for the outline of the Management Plan Process and page 48 for the Plan Change Procedure if changes to the established are to be undertaken, whether by Council or the Local Board.
These procedures are required to be undertaken by the Reserves Act 1977.
LSBPS acts as a guardian of the Bay, to ensure that the natural environment is protected and enhanced, and that no inappropriate development takes place on this precious oasis of green open space. In the years since our organisation was set up, there have many attempts to encroach on what is seen as ‘empty’ and therefore ‘available’ open space.We on the other hand, see the open space as precious for families, children and individuals to enjoy in this ever more crowded urban environment and we will do our best on your behalf to see that it remains so.
Would you like to see a shade cloth installed over the play area in Little Shoal bay? Fill in a letter of support for us to present to the Kaipatiki Local Board on Wednesday 15th March 2017.
Friends of Leroys Bush
For more information about Leroys Bush reserve, the work of the Friends of Leroys Bush and to find out when you can volunteer on planting days, follow this link to their website: