Draft Management Plans for the Town Belt Reserves and Dolamore Park

Consultation on this has now closed

Draft reserve management plans for the Dolamore Park Scenic Reserve and the Town Belt have been prepared. Make sure your voice is heard.

You have until Friday 24 February 2017 to make your submission. 

You may use the submission form [DOCX, 100 KB] or simply write what you would like to see change in the draft plan and why. Please indicate if you wish to attend a hearing to speak in support of your submission.

Draft Gore District Reserve Management Plan Volume 3: Town Belt Reserves [PDF, 5.9 MB]

Draft Gore District Reserve Management Plan Volume 4: Dolamore Park Scenic Reserve [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Why have a management plan?

Council parks and reserves are generally administered under the Reserves Act 1977.  The Act requires that the Council prepare reserve management plans to provide for and ensure the proper use and protection of the reserves consistent with the principles of the Act.

A management plan provides the community with certainty about the management of each reserve administered by Council. It also helps ensure that management decisions are appropriate.

What’s the process for preparing a plan?

There is a set process for preparing a reserve management plan.  That process is:

  1. Determine what reserves are to be included in the management plan
  2. Ask the public for suggestions as to how they would like the reserves to be managed and developed
  3. Ensure the reserves to be included in the plan are classified (e.g. for recreation, historic, scenic or local purposes)
  4. Prepare the draft reserve management plan
  5. Call for formal submissions on the draft management plan
  6. Convene a hearing to consider submissions made
  7. Make decisions to amend the draft management plan
  8. Adopt the management plan.

The process typically takes around six months depending on the number of submissions received and the complexity of the issues. The draft plans are now available for formal submissions (step 5). If you make a submission, you will have an opportunity to speak at a hearing to discuss your submission.

What land will be included in the management plan?

The Council has prepared separate management plans to address the specific needs of the Town Belt and Dolamore Park Scenic Reserve.

The Council has recently adopted the Gore District Reserve Management Plan: Volume I General Policies which provides general policies that will apply to all reserves (including the Town Belt and Dolamore Park).

The new management plans will provide policies specific to the Town Belt and Dolamore Park Scenic Reserve where the general policies do not give adequate certainty. Each plan will provide a brief summary of the attributes of each reserve and identify objectives to guide the development, use and management. The plans will update and replace the current Dolamore Park Management Plan (2001) and the Gore Town Belt Management Plan (2006).

When will consultation occur?

If you have a submission concerning the draft reserve management plans, you’re welcome to send it in now.

Your submission must be received by Council no later than 24 February, 2017.

Where can I view the draft plans?

You can find the draft plans at Council offices and libraries if you want to view a hard copy.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz