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Reserve Act hearings

Find out about hearings for proposals on local or regional parks or reserves.

What are Reserve Act hearings?

We hold hearings under the Reserve Act for a number of different proposals on a local or regional park or reserve.

These include:

  • reserve management plans
  • parks management plans
  • land acquisitions or disposals
  • lease or licences to occupy
  • land exchanges.

What happens before a Reserve Act hearing

Depending on the proposal, we may first:

  • ask for informal feedback on the proposal
  • find out what the community think
  • prepare the draft proposal 
  • ask for formal feedback.

We will make it clear if we want informal or formal feedback.

A hearing is held only for the formal feedback.

Have your say on a park or reserve proposal

  • We will hold a public consultation on proposals for local or regional parks and reserves.
  • Not all proposals need a formal hearing.
  • If a hearing is needed, a panel will be set up to provide people with an opportunity to state their case.
  • The hearings panel will be made up of elected members and independent commissioners.

Once the consultation has closed

  • We will review all feedback and make a summary report available on this website. We will also provide the report to the hearing panel.
  • The hearing panel will then hear from anyone who wants to speak in person. The hearing will be held at a council venue and the public can attend.
  • The hearing panel will then make a recommendation to the decision-making body (Governing Body, committee or local board).

Find out more about how to have your say by visiting Topics you can have your say

What happens during a Reserve Act hearing

At the start of the hearing

The chairperson will introduce the panel and council staff and explain how the hearing will proceed.

You will be called to speak in the order that appears on the hearing schedule. You can have legal representation and call witnesses if you wish.

Members of the hearing panel can ask questions about your submission or evidence.

For submissions made after the closing date

If you make a submission after the consultation closing date, the panel may ask you to explain why they should accept your late submission.

If the panel accepts your reasons, you will be able to speak in support of your submission.

What happens next

Once all the submitters have spoken, the chairperson may ask council officers if they have any closing comments.

Once everyone has spoken, the panel will deliberate in private.

The panel will then make a recommendation to the governing body, committee, or local board.

We will send a copy of the decision to you and everyone else who made a submission.