Open space is an important resource that contributes to our quality of life. It contributes to a range of health, social, environmental and economic benefits within your district or region. Open space becomes increasingly vital to ensure healthy and connected communities as urban areas grow vertically and horizontally.
Challenges and opportunities affecting open space management may include: changing demand and patterns of recreation, growing or declining population, increasingly diverse communities, urban intensification, sustainability (carbon neutrality), affordability, climate change, health and safety, changing operating models for land management, suitability of available land, and co-ownership with mana whenua.
Through actively managing your open space you can better plan for the changing needs of your community. Good open space management will enhance and protect your open space for future generations to enjoy, while underpinning the liveability and economic prosperity of your region.