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This page contains a summary of the Oakura Structure Plan and a link to the full version of the document.
Updated: 9/07/2013 4:12 p.m.

This Structure Plan is a broad physical plan identifying areas for growth, protection, infrastructure and other community requirements over the next 20 years.  The Structure Plan was adopted by Council in February 2009.


The area included in this Structure Plan extends from Bland Bay along the east coast to Mimiwhangata, including a number of small residential settlement areas.

The Oakura Structure Plan has been identified as a high priority planning area recognising recent growth pressures at this particular settlement and the potential conflicts of this growth on the natural character and other values identified in the area.

It identifies outcomes for living, working, playing and protecting the area. The key elements are:

Live in Oakura

  • providing for clustered residential settlement
  • promoting development that provides for protection of vegetation, landscape values and water quality of rivers and waterways
  • managing stormwater and flooding through the catchment
  • promoting the special lifestyle of the coastal settlement area. 

Work in Oakura

  • promoting eco-tourism and coastal recreation activities
  • encouraging economic rural activities in surrounding Countryside and Coastal Countryside
  • recognise needs for local hapu to provide for their economic well-being
  • providing for economic growth with appropriate servicing
  • recognising the importance of the natural character and quality of the coastal marine area for tourism and eco-tourism.

Play in Oakura

  • recognising the importance of access to the marine area for recreation
  • recognising the importance of water quality of the coastal marine area and rivers for recreation activities in the area
  • providing a network of walkways, recreation access points and linkages through the area
  • recognising the vulnerability of the beach to coastal processes and erosion impacts through recreation use.

Protecting Oakura

  • protection of the vegetation and bush areas 
  • managing land use and infrastructure to enhance coastal water quality
  • protecting significant outlooks and coastal margins viewed from the sea and other key public vantage points (including the road)
  • recognising and protecting the special character values of Oakura
  • recognising and providing for the special relationship of tangata whenua to the area. 

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Follow the link below to view the full version of the document.

Oakura Structure Plan [2.6mb] 




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