||Open Space & Land Use
When carrying out open space planning, either district or city wide or within a single urban area, PAOS advocates establishing a comprehensive understanding of the open space pattern (all non-built areas). This includes publicly owned land such as council reserves, road or utility reserves, conservation areas, school grounds or private lands such as golf courses, where these play an important role in open space provision.
Understanding the resource
As part of this assessment, PAOS establishes a community’s natural, recreational and heritage resource base including identifying important landscape features, ecological areas, recreational opportunity and historical sites. Assessing these elements within the existing legal and planning framework including the district plan and other strategies, community needs and values, and trends, PAOS identifies the current standard and level of provision.
Building on current strengths
PAOS then establishes key directions for protecting and enhancing existing natural resources, improving sustainability, developing recreational opportunity and creating local identity for the future betterment of a district's open space infrastructure over time. PAOS also views liaising with key stakeholders and the community as equally important strategies in helping achieve positive outcomes.
PAOS applies the concept of integrated land management* when promoting recreational access and natural resource protection along river and stream corridors, coastal edges, harbours, lakes and mountain ranges. PAOS also promotes, as part of this concept, developing recreational access and ecological protection within wider land use such as farming, forestry and wind farming, especially in periurban or rural areas.
*the layering of multiple land use including conservation with complementary recreational activities.