DOC undertook a partial review of the Otago CMS to allow for new cycle tracks and trails to be considered and reviewing of relevant CMS mountain biking policies throughout 2020.
We invited those interested in cycle trails and mountain biking to put forward trail proposals for public conservation land in Otago. We then invited submissions to review these and related CMS policies.
Our invite for submissions closed on 21 December 2020. You can view all the submissions below or download a summary.
- Summary of submission for the Otago CMS (XLSX, 125K)
- Summary of submission for the Otago CMS (PDF, 1,227K)
Read the submissions
DOC received nearly 1750 submissions on the partial review. All submissions can be accessed via our Cerberus FTP site using the links below.
Submission have been allocated a number or a number and a letter, then listed in groups of 50 within one of 30 PDF files. Files are grouped by number in one of the following four links.
Read submissions numbered:
This links to our Cerberus download site. Get help on downloading files.
Find your submission
Find which file your submission is on by using our index sheet. This is an excel sheet listing submissions by the submitter name.
To find your submission, take the following steps to first find out the number of your submission:
- open our Index sheet (XLS, 528K)
- select the find function under 'Editing', or hold the ctrl or ⌘ key and F
- type in your full name you submitted with and click 'Find next'
- see your submission number or number and letter in the first column
Once you have found your allocated number, open the folder that includes your submission number with your file in it from the list above. You can then open or download the appropriate PDF.
View the draft Otago CMS partial review
The draft Otago CMS partial review only shows those parts of Volume I and Volume II with proposed changes. The revised text and policies are shown in tracked changes, with:
- underlining for new text, which contains new text, and
- strikethrough for deleted text, which shows some
Hard copies of the draft Otago CMS can be inspected during working hours between 9 am and 4.30 pm at:
- DOC offices in Queenstown, Arthurs Point, Alexandra, Dunedin and Invercargill – you will need to call ahead
- DOC visitor centres in Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.
What to look for in the draft Otago CMS partial review
The draft partial review reflects the outcome of the assessment of new cycle trail proposals and affected parcels of public conservation lands and waters into three categories:
- revised Part Two Tables including the parcels of public conservation lands and waters ‘supported’ by DOC for considering cycle tracks and trails
- discussion box for the ‘unsure/seek public feedback’ parcels of public conservation lands and waters. DOC is seeking feedback from the public about these parcels of public conservation lands and waters before making a recommendation
- a separate table reflecting the parcels of public conservation lands and waters not supported by DOC for considering for cycle tracks and trails.
It is important to note parcels of public conservation lands and waters included in the Part Two tables does not mean the cycle trail will automatically be approved. Before a cycle trail can be allowed or developed an authorisation from DOC to construct and maintain the cycle trail is required.
The District office will access cycle trail proposals on matters detailed in the revised policies detailed in Part Three (3.2 Vehicles) in the partial review, including assessment of adverse effects and consult with relevant parties.
Essentially there is a two-stage approach to being able to consider cycle tracks and trails:
- the first step is inclusion of the relevant parcel of public conservation lands and waters in the Otago CMS, by way of partial review
- the second step is the consideration of the proposed cycle trail and assessment of effects and consultation.
Also included in this partial review is the inclusion of any parcels of public conservation lands and waters currently not listed in the inventory of the Otago CMS which came to DOC after 2016 and are affected by proposed cycle tracks and trails. They have been added to the inventory.
The interactive map viewer shows:
- the proposed cycle tracks and trails and affected parcels public conservation land and waters, and
- whether they are ‘supported’, ‘not supported’ or ‘unsure/seeking public feedback':
It is important to note the notified draft Otago CMS and the mapping only consider proposals on public conservation land and waters. Proposals outside public conservation land and waters, may require landowner permission. Some of the proposals considered are aspirational ideas, currently unfunded and undeveloped.
The process so far
The draft Otago CMS partial review has been developed in consultation with our Treaty partners, Ngāi Tahu and the Otago Conservation Board.
DOC invited those interested in cycle tracks and trails and mountain biking to put forward trail proposals for public conservation lands and waters in Otago. The opportunity to send in a proposal closed 29 May 2020.
DOC received 115 proposals from 22 proponents. The District offices added parcels with existing cycle tracks and trails that came to DOC via tenure review or were missed when the CMS was reviewed in 2016. In total close to 350 parcels of public conservation lands and waters are affected.
All new cycle trail proposals and affected parcels of public conservation lands and waters are assessed against the following high-level criteria:
- consistent with the purpose for which the land and waters are held
- consistent with the desired outcome and policies for the CMS Place where the trial is proposed to be located
- considering the extent to which adverse (including cumulative) effects of the activity on natural, historic, and cultural values and other recreational users can be avoided.
What happens next
We are reviewing all written submissions. We will also hold hearings all those submitters who asked to be heard.
Once the hearings are completed, DOC will revise the draft Otago CMS based on all the submissions and hearing feedback we received.
In some cases, changes may not be possible due to legislative or other constraints. Each submission will receive a response when the revised draft Otago CMS is sent to the Otago Conservation Board for its consideration.
Further changes may be made to the draft Otago CMS before it is sent to the New Zealand Conservation Authority for approval.
Once approved the reviewed parts will replace the current parts of the Otago CMS.
Check this website for updates on the process.
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