The objectives contained in Part 3 of the Plan provide an overall framework for resource management in Westland. Policies are specific to a particular aspect of a resource issue or may apply to just one geographic area.
Policies indicate the direction for future management and are linked to stated environmental outcomes. The anticipated environmental outcomes provide a basis for the monitoring system of the Plan.
The structure of each section of this part of the Plan takes the following form:
Policies derive from objectives and indicate in a broad sense the areas for, or type of, action that the Council intends to take in order to achieve the objectives.
Methods describe the specific actions, techniques, programmes and procedures to give effect to the policies and objectives. In most cases they cover a package of methods, both District Plan rules and non-statutory methods such as provision of information and services.
The policies and methods are explained as being necessary in terms of promoting sustainable management of resources in Westland and fulfilling the Council's functions and responsibilities under the Act.
Anticipated Environmental Outcomes
The environmental outcomes that the Council intends to achieve through implementation of the policies and their parent objectives are stated. Outcomes are based on community expectations relating to the environment, natural and physical resources, and reflect the Vision Statement. They should also form a measurable basis for monitoring the effectiveness of the District Plan in achieving the overall goal of sustainable management.