A plan defining the type of activities that can occur in the Brook Recreation Reserve was adopted in principle yesterday by Nelson City Council.
The Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan will be used as a center for environmental education and conservation, and as a destination for camping and outdoor recreation, including commercial recreation and tourism development.
The vision for the site was revised following consultation with the community, which generated 45 written submissions and 8 verbal submissions to a hearing panel.
Mayor Rachel Reese says the management plan carefully balances the wishes of various stakeholders with the needs of the wider community for use of the land.
“We appreciate all those who have taken the time to give input into this plan that helps us manage this special recreation asset for the city. We now have a clear path forward and can offer some certainty not only to residential campers but to the wider community.”
As recommended by the hearing panel, Council agreed to change the reserve’s status from Recreation Reserve to Local Purpose Reserve (Recreation) to ensure people’s requests through consultation could be achieved. This includes allowing residential camping for an extended period, and also allowing for activities which might be based within the reserve but which support activities on another site, such as the suggestion of a Cawthron Forestry Project, and proposed activities carried out by NMIT, Department of Conservation and the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary.
Gazetting the land for Local Purpose Reserve (Recreation) will require further consultation with the community, as well as stopping the road through the reserve and into the area leased to the Sanctuary, and transferring it to reserve status.
Residential camping is allowed under the Plan within an area of the reserve yet to be designated as a relocatable home park for up to 25 sites, which will be reviewed every three years.
A comprehensive development plan will be created, which is a spatial plan setting out how the different activities fit together within the area of the reserve. Once the process to change the reserve’s status is complete, the Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan will take effect.
Retrieved from; http://nelson.govt.nz/council/consultations/open-consultations/brook-recreation-reserve-management-plan – 29-10-2015