Draft General Policies Reserve Management Plan

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Invercargill City Council administers a diverse portfolio of parks and reserves for a variety of purposes. The Reserves Act 1977 provides for the preservation and management of parks and reserves for the enjoyment of the public.

What is the Purpose of a Reserve Management Plan?

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.

The Reserves Act 1977 requires (s 41(3)) that a management plan "provides for and ensures" the following:

1. the principles set out in sections 17 to 23 that apply to a reserve of the relevant classification;

2. compliance with those principles; use, enjoyment, maintenance, protection, and preservation of the reserve(s) as the case may require;

3. 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.

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.

General Policies Reserve Management Plan

The General Policies Reserve Management Plan sets objectives and policies that apply to all reserves administered by Invercargill City Council. This is to ensure a consistent approach to management decisions and compliance with Reserves Act requirements. It also removes the need for generic policies to be repeated in the management plan for individual reserves or groups of reserves.

Individual reserve management plans are intended to address site-specific or category-specific issues, which may require a particular management approach that differs from the norm. These include sports field reserves, environmental reserves, cemeteries, Queens Park, Anderson Park, Town Belt, Donovan Park and Sandy Point Domain.

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.

This new General Policies Reserve Management Plan will enable a more efficient management plan structure for future reviews combining all general policies into one overarching plan. Council's draft Management Plan can be viewed here.

Have your say

You are invited, under Section 41 of the Reserves Act 1977, to lodge a written submission on this draft Management Plan via the submission form link below.

Submissions close Friday 27 October 2023.

Invercargill City Council administers a diverse portfolio of parks and reserves for a variety of purposes. The Reserves Act 1977 provides for the preservation and management of parks and reserves for the enjoyment of the public.

What is the Purpose of a Reserve Management Plan?

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.

The Reserves Act 1977 requires (s 41(3)) that a management plan "provides for and ensures" the following:

1. the principles set out in sections 17 to 23 that apply to a reserve of the relevant classification;

2. compliance with those principles; use, enjoyment, maintenance, protection, and preservation of the reserve(s) as the case may require;

3. 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.

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.

General Policies Reserve Management Plan

The General Policies Reserve Management Plan sets objectives and policies that apply to all reserves administered by Invercargill City Council. This is to ensure a consistent approach to management decisions and compliance with Reserves Act requirements. It also removes the need for generic policies to be repeated in the management plan for individual reserves or groups of reserves.

Individual reserve management plans are intended to address site-specific or category-specific issues, which may require a particular management approach that differs from the norm. These include sports field reserves, environmental reserves, cemeteries, Queens Park, Anderson Park, Town Belt, Donovan Park and Sandy Point Domain.

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.

This new General Policies Reserve Management Plan will enable a more efficient management plan structure for future reviews combining all general policies into one overarching plan. Council's draft Management Plan can be viewed here.

Have your say

You are invited, under Section 41 of the Reserves Act 1977, to lodge a written submission on this draft Management Plan via the submission form link below.

Submissions close Friday 27 October 2023.

  • You are invited, under Section 41 of the Reserves Act 1977, to lodge a written submission on this draft Management Plan.

    This information will be considered by Councillors in compliance with section 41 of the Reserves Act 1977. 

    Please note that submissions, including names and addresses, will be included in papers which are available to the public.

    You will be contacted to arrange a date, time and location to speak to a panel of elected members if you have indicated that you wish to be heard

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