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Articles - Environmental Planning
Written by Shane Orchard, ECO   
Friday, 22 June 2012

Development proposals over the years have met with strong resistance from the local community for whom the existing values of the spit are real and tangible.

"Ngunguru Sandspit is an example of a site which has generated intense interest in the ability of the RMA to protect existing values from inappropriate development. The values present include cultural, spiritual, historical, ecological and landscape values, many of which are intertwined. Development proposals over the years have met with strong resistance from the local community for whom the existing values of the spit are real and tangible. Ngunguru Sandspit is also a dynamic and erosion prone natural feature at considerable risk from coastal hazards. In a recent decision the Department of Conservation bought Ngunguru Sandspit thus ending a long history of discussion on whether any residential development should be permitted at the site. Sites like Ngunguru have proven useful test cases to consider whether the contemporary policy setting is, or would be effective in producing desirable patterns of development. Although in this case the decision was not left to the Courts, work completed at Ngunguru and elsewhere has illustrated how key issues might be argued. It was notable that several submitters referred to work completed at Ngunguru in submissions to the Board of Inquiry during development of the NZCPS 201042." (page 31)

Source: Implications of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010 for New Zealand communities [PDF, 3.8MB]

                  
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