Reserves are much-loved features of our district, providing opportunities for recreation, as well as a general sense of open space where we can enjoy the simple things such as a picnic with family and friends. Review of Reserve Management Plans (RMP) Reserve Management Plans are a legal requirement under the Reserves Act 1977 and it is generally recommended that plans are reviewed at least once every 10 years. We adopted a new General Policies in May 2019 that sets out aims, objectives and policies which will apply to all Council reserves in the district. Public consultation for the draft Mercury Bay RMP closed on 7 December 2020, and on 15 February 2021 for the draft Whangamatā RMP. There were 96 submissions received for the Mercury Bay RMP with over 600 submission points. The Whangamatā RMP received 14 submissions. The new Mercury Bay Reserves Management Plan (RMP) was adopted by Council at its 22 June meeting, you can read it below. It's now operative and replaces the 2007 Whitianga, Wharekaho, Mercury Bay South and Mercury Bay North RMPs. Decisions on a final Whangamatā RMP will be made by Council mid-2021 The final RMP to be reviewed is Tairua-Pauanui. This review is underway and we anticipate a final document will be adopted in 2022. Current Reserve Management Plans: This General Policies Reserve Management Plan is the first step to a slightly different approach as it will apply to all relevant reserves across the District. The plans by area will then comprise the individual reserve plans in each community board area. Where there is any inconsistency between this document and the individual reserve management plans, the policies relating to the individual reserve management plans will apply. Coromandel-Colville Reserves: Management Plan (2019) Thames and Thames Coast Reserves: Management Plan (2019) Tairua-Pauanui Reserve Management Plan (2014) Whangamatā Reserve Management Plan (2014, reviewed August 2017) Mercury Bay Reserve Management Plan (2021) What is the purpose of a Reserve Management Plan? The Reserves Act 1977 requires (s 41(3)) that a management plan "provides for and ensures" the following: the principles set out in sections 17 to 23 that apply to a reserve of the relevant classification; compliance with those principles; use, enjoyment, maintenance, protection, and preservation of the reserve(s) as the case may require; development (as appropriate) of the reserve(s) to the extent that the administering body’s resources permit, for the purpose for which each reserve is classified. Management planning is intended to enable the administering body to establish the desired mix of use and protection for each reserve or group of reserves and set in place policy to guide day to day management. Determining community preferences, and establishing the best means to provide for them are essential ingredients for good management planning. A management plan provides the community with certainty about the function and management of each reserve or grouping. A management plan also provides the administering body with efficiency gains in management of the reserve, by allowing exemptions from public notification in certain cases. Learn more about management planning for reserves. Please note that the guidance document that opens from this link has not been updated for a number of years. It does not accurately reflect the 2013 delegations from the Minister of Conservation to local authorities who administer Crown-owned reserve land. However, it still provides useful general guidance for management of reserves. All types of reserves, except local purpose reserves, under the control of or vested in an administering body (the Council) must be covered by an approved management plan, or plans, under s41 of the Reserves Act 1977.