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Next steps in Williamson Park events resource consent process

13 September 2018

195 public submissions were received on our proposed 15-year resource consent to allow a total of 20 day-time and seven night-time events, to be held every year at Williamson Park reserve in Whangamata.

Click the diagram for a guide on appearing at a council resource consent hearing. 

Click the diagram above for a guide on appearing at a council resource consent hearing.

A hearing will now be held 24 and 25 October 2018 at the Whangamata Club, 404 Port Road, Whangamata.

A letter was sent to all submitters last week advising them of the hearing dates and the dates for pre-circulation of information as below:

  • 14 September - The Council officer’s report about the resource consent (s42A) will be circulated to all submitters.
  • 26 September - Applicants evidence to be provided to Council and then circulated by 28 September.
  • 5 October - Submitters expert evidence to be provided to Council and then circulated by 12 October.

This information is also be available on our website

Our Council applied for resource consent because Williamson Park is a council-owned reserve and the rules relating to festivals and events in our Proposed District Plan have recently been amended, which means resource consent is now required for any event where 500 or more people gather.

The consent ensures that existing events such as Beach Hop, Brits at the Beach, Matariki festivities, Anzac Day and markets are able to continue and grow. It will also allow for new events to happen at Williamson Park.

You can view the resource consent application through our Consent Tracker tool on our website here. #RMA/2018/203

If consent is granted, there will still be additional layers of compliance required before an event is able to be held.  This includes food and alcohol licensing requirements and the obligations of the hireage contract between the promoter and Council as owner of the reserve.  The Whangamata Community Board has also drafted a policy to help staff when booking events for Williamson Park.  You can view the policy here. 

Williamson Park shade structures

Shade structuresInstallation of four shade structures at Williamson Park is scheduled to begin on Monday, 17 September 2018.

“The Board are keen to make good on their promise to provide shade at Williamson Park, in place of the trees that were removed as part of the planned improvements to the much loved Williamson Park,” says Ken Coulman, Whangamata Community Board Chair. “The Board are very keen to see four shade structures, including two family BBQ areas installed at the park before next summer. Two small shade structures will be situated over existing BBQ tables by the surf club, with two larger family BBQ areas located close to the pond, where they sit beside existing trees and the park contours so that they limit any impacts to views.”