A Reserve Management Plan is a document that guides the management and development of reserves, parks, and open spaces within a local authority’s jurisdiction. This plan is prepared in accordance with the Reserves Act 1977, which sets out the legal requirements for the management of reserves.
Reserves, parks, and open spaces provide a range of benefits to communities, such as providing recreational opportunities, preserving natural environments, and contributing to the aesthetic appeal of a town or city. Reserve Management Plans ensure that these areas are managed in a sustainable and responsible way, taking into account the needs and interests of the local community.
The preparation of a Reserve Management Plan involves a collaborative process between the local authority, the community, and stakeholders such as iwi (Māori tribes), sports clubs, and environmental groups. The plan outlines the vision and objectives for each reserve, park or open space, and sets out specific actions and management practices to achieve these goals.
The plan may include details such as the types of activities that are permitted or prohibited in the reserve, the development of new facilities or infrastructure, and the protection and restoration of natural habitats. It may also consider issues such as public access, safety, and the management of pests and weeds.
Reserve Management Plans are reviewed periodically to ensure that they remain relevant and up-to-date. This may involve consultation with the community and stakeholders to identify changes in needs and priorities, as well as new opportunities and challenges.