The council is currently working on Aorere ki uta, Aorere ki tai - Tasman Environment Plan, which covers a range of topics that will directly affect our environment as well as you as a resident or ratepayer of the Tasman region.

The last public engagement round finished at the end of 2022, and we are busy working on all the feedback that you gave us.

To get all the latest news and find out when we want more feedback, sign up for updates using the form towards the bottom of the right-hand sidebar.

Tasman Environment Plan Webinar #4 December 2022

A further discussion document covering topics such as natural hazards, biodiversity, air, open spaces and more about freshwater management will be released for feedback mid-2023. If you want to have your say on these topics, you can subscribe to get updates by filling in the form on this page.

What is Tasman Environment Plan?

Tasman is a special place to live. At Tasman District Council, we're working with communities on a new resource management plan that will help keep it special for generations to come. We're calling this plan Aorere ki uta, Aorere ki tai - Tasman Environment Plan.

The Tasman Environment Plan will replace our existing resource management plans, the Tasman Regional Policy Statement and the Tasman Resource Management Plan.

In late 2020, locals shared their experiences and views on the district’s environmental and development issues and opportunities through this website and 21 community-based events. Thank you to everyone who took part in this first round of engagement. Our policy planners have processed your feedback and have been defining and investigating issues and options, gathering relevant technical information, and working with landowners on mapping that supports the plan. You can read feedback we've received and more about specific projects here.

  • News

    Read the latest from the process to create the Tasman Environment Plan and related planning activity.

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  • Plan Themes

    Learn what the Aorere ki uta, Aorere ki tai - Tasman Environment Plan covers.

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  • Geological Hazards Mapping

    Get more information around Council's slope instability hazards review and associated mapping, a review of active earthquake faults within our district, and district-wide seismic liquefaction hazard mapping.

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  • Reimagining Richmond South

    This project is to shape Richmond South as a place where more people can live, work, and spend time.

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RMA reform and the Tasman Environment Plan

Following a review commissioned in 2019, the Government decided to repeal and replace the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The RMA is New Zealand's principal legislation for environmental management and provides the framework under which our local resource management plans are developed. The RMA will be replaced with three new Acts; the Natural and Built Environments Act, the Strategic Planning Act, and the Climate Change Adaption Act.

The new laws will aim to improve the natural environment, enable more development within environmental limits, provide an effective role for Māori, and improve housing supply and affordability. The changes also seek to reduce and simplify planning processes, time, and costs. Council’s Environmental Policy Team are actively working through what the new legislation will mean for us here in Tasman.

In October the Minister for the Environment informed us that under the new legislation Tasman and Nelson Councils will be required to develop joint plans. This will mean one Regional Spatial Strategy and one Resource Management Plan covering the Nelson Tasman region. NCC and TDC already produce a joint Future Development Strategy which will morph into a Regional Spatial Strategy under the new legislation. The big challenge will be to combine our resource management plans.


Tasman’s environmental issues, the community’s issues, remain the same regardless of the laws that apply. The research and analysis we have completed, which informs our three Tasman Environment Plan Discussion Documents, is aligned to outcomes sought by the new Acts. A new plan, whether Tasman or Tasman/Nelson focused will need to address local issues, focus on positive outcomes for the natural and built environments and identify where we need to better enable or more strictly control certain activities. It is important we spend time and resources on understanding the issues and opportunities that are important to our iwi partners and communities.