There are pressures on the coastal zone for land use and development for a variety of purposes including a mix of recreational, residential, industrial and commercial uses. Policies provides a balanced approach to these often competing needs and desires, in a way that takes into account the values of the coastal zone.
Planning for Coastal Management
Planning is a fundamental component of coastal management that provides better decision making, defines the issues, allows for interested parties to voice their opinions about future direction for an area, and delivers an action plan and the allocation of financial resource.
Types of plans
Plans are developed at a range of scales from regional, to local, to site, varying in the level of detail and the nature of the issues they address. Each of these planned ‘layers’ contributes to the planning for sustainable management.