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:
- Accessory buildings (includes satellite dishes)
- A worker’s accommodation building
- Visitor accommodation
- Early childhood centres
- Information facilities
- Offices relating to a permitted activity
- Organised sport and recreation
- Public amenities
- Restaurants and cafes.
- Retail accessory to a permitted activity.
- Parking areas
- Marae complex
- Demolition of buildings
- New buildings and external additions to existing buildings
- Exterior lighting, including floodlighting up to 18m high
- Parks infrastructure (e.g. roads)
- Sport and recreation structures.
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.)