Brook Reserve Consultation

Brook Valley is a popular access point for much of Nelson’s back country and home to some of our richest biodiversity.

It is also the location of the Brook Reserve, and we’re consulting on two separate but linked processes that affect this reserve. These are changing the specific local purpose of the reserve and incorporating land subject to a road stopping process that runs through the reserve into the reserve.

Council has previously consulted on and adopted in principle the Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan (draft RMP) (3.4MB PDF). As a result of the draft RMP process, further statutory processes have been undertaken under the Reserves Act 1977 and the Local Government Act 1974 (LGA 74) in order to achieve integrated and appropriate management, consistent with the vision and intended uses, of the area.

Council has previously completed statutory processes under the Reserves Act 1977 to change the classification of reserve land from Recreation Reserve to Local Purpose (Recreation) Reserve and declare fee simple land to be Local Purpose (Recreation) Reserve.

Council has also notified and heard objections on its proposal to stop the legal road that runs through the reserve under schedule 10 of the LGA 74, with the intention that the land be amalgamated into the reserve. The matter was referred to the Environment Court which confirmed the stopping of the road, subject to Council resolving to declare the land reserve under the Reserves Act 1977 so as to amalgamate it into the adjoining reserve.

Public notification of the intention to change the Local Purpose (Recreation) Reserve to Local Purpose (Outdoor leisure, Camping, Conservation and Education) Reserve.

The vision for the reserve, consulted on and adopted in principle by Council is:

“The Brook Recreation Reserve serves as a centre for environmental education and conservation and as a destination for camping and outdoor recreation, including appropriately-scaled and complementary commercial recreational and tourism development.”

Taking into account this vision and the intended uses set out in the draft RMP, Council now proposes to change the specific local purpose of the reserve (shown in green on the plan below) from “recreation” to “outdoor leisure, camping, conservation and education”   It will remain a Local Purpose Reserve.  Only the specific local purpose is proposed to change. 

It is considered that this change in specific local purpose will better provide for the appropriate management of the reserve in keeping with its intended uses.

Make a submission/objection.

Submissions or objections must be received no later than 5pm 12 October 2018.

Public Notification of the intention to declare the land Local Purpose (Outdoor leisure, Camping, Conservation and Education) Reserve.

In order to complete the road stopping process, Council now needs to resolve to declare the land (shown in purple on the plan below) to be a reserve to be held for a specified purpose under the Reserves Act 1977, so that it can be amalgamated into the adjoining reserve. Council proposes to declare the land as Local Purpose (Outdoor leisure, Camping, Conservation and Education) Reserve.

Make a submission/objection.

Submissions or objections close 5pm 12 October 2018

Hearings

Council will be holding a combined hearing on 1 November 2018 on the two processes if you wish to speak to your submission or objection.

Brook Valley Reserves Land Classification 29AUG2018