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Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan

Councils have plans that dictate what you can and can’t do on your farm. When these plans are being developed or changed, councils seek community feedback. This is your chance to have an impact on what the final plan will look like.


The Marlborough District Council has reviewed the Marlborough Regional Policy Statement, the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan and the Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plan to create a single resource management document for the district. The Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan sets out what people can do on their land and how it may be developed.

Why should you get involved?

There are several key areas within the proposed plan that could affect sheep and beef farmers - this is your chance to have your say on these matters. They relate to:

  1. Acknowledging the unique resources of every farm
  2. Livestock accessing waterways
  3. Woodlot forestry planting
  4. Cultivation
  5. Fertiliser application

Stages involved

The planning process is well underway. Submissions closed on 1 September 2016 and the public hearings are scheduled for late 2017. A decision is expected 2018.

If you didn’t make a submission, your official opportunity to have a say has now passed.

If you did submit – and you indicated you wished to speak to your submission – then make sure to take the opportunity to share your thoughts at the public hearings.

What's next?

Explore the timeline above to find out more about what's happening.

Have questions?

Contact Julia Beijeman , our Environment Policy Manager – South Island, by clicking the 'Send us a message' button below.