Esplanade Reserves and Access

This guidance only includes changes to the RMA as a result of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 that are already in force. Part 3 of the Amendment Act will come into effect on 3 March 2015, which is 18 months from the date of Royal Assent (3 September 2013). For more information about the amendments please refer to the Ministry for the Environment’s - Fact Sheets available from the Ministry’s website.


This note provides guidance on the development and implementation of plan provisions on esplanade reserves, esplanade strips and access strips (collectively referred to as esplanade areas).

The note outlines the origins, purpose, and advantages and disadvantages of each type of esplanade area. Guidance also covers the instruments for creating esplanade areas, examples of techniques and methods used to implement them, (including regulatory and non-regulatory methods) and when and how compensation is payable.