Open Space Strategy 2015-2025

This page provides a brief overview of the Open Space Strategy 2015-2025, and links to the full document.

The Tasman District includes a wonderful array of natural and recreation settings, with three national parks, a long and varied coastline, a suite of inland waterways and a well-developed network of urban and peri-urban parks and reserves. Recreation linkages between these settings are expanding and our understanding and management of our natural resources is improving. Provision and management of open space areas plays a vital role in the quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors.

Population growth and tourism in Tasman lead to more people wanting access to open space areas. The development and protection of the open space network and improvements to the quality of open space is therefore increasingly important.

Open spaces, for the purposes of this Strategy, include all of the parks, reserves, cycleways, walkways, cemeteries, beaches, rivers, lakes and other areas in Tasman that our residents and visitors use for recreation, as well as natural areas that we value for environmental reasons. This Strategy does not consider developed roads and streets, and civic areas in town centres. Further, only the non-competitive uses of sports fields are considered. These settings are considered in other planning processes implemented by Council.

Intent of the Strategy

The intent of this Strategy is to help maximise the benefit the environment, residents and visitors gain from Council’s investment in the District’s open spaces by responding to changes in demand resulting from population growth and age profiles, as well as seeking to better link existing areas of open space for improved ecological values and recreation access. The Strategy also aims to make the most of Council’s relationships with other providers and managers of open spaces (such as the Department of Conservation and Ministry of Education), and the many volunteer agencies which work to protect and enhance our natural resources and improve access to recreation settings.

Various issues need consideration, such as:

  • Is the open space located in the right place and does it have the right level of public access?
  • Is it being used appropriately?
  • Are its natural and cultural heritage qualities being adequately protected?
  • Are the correct facilities provided?
  • How will Council manage the provision of open space as demand changes and grows?

These are the key questions that this Strategy seeks to understand.

A Note on Open Space Management

The Tasman District Council (Council) is a unitary authority, which means that it carries out the functions and duties of both a territorial and regional authority. Many regional authorities in other parts of New Zealand administer large regional parks, often in rural settings, while territorial authorities provide the local and sports parks.

In Tasman, the Council is responsible for both types of open space (at the local and regional levels), while the Department of Conservation (DOC) manages areas which are generally of national significance for natural and recreational values. However, there are a range of other agencies which administer land that support open space values in the District, and DOC is also interested in identifying and protecting a representative range of natural habitats at the regional level.

This Strategy seeks to help coordinate these interests, and to clarify Council’s regional and local roles.

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