District Plan Review

Draft District Plan Summary Guide cover image. We are in the process of reviewing our District Plan, our second to be prepared under the Resource Management Act 1991.

The Blueprint key directions were adopted in June 2015 providing significant direction for the District Plan Review.  

The Blueprint is a high level spatial plan that supports and implements the Council’s vision and helps guide Council decision-making to deliver more integrated social, economic and environmental outcomes for the community.

The Council want to make the District Plan more certain and provide more direction for industry and property owners, while protecting key values for the community. It is also important that our District Plan is streamlined and easy to use and is more accessible to the community. 

There are many elements within the draft District Plan, ranging from indigenous biodiversity and water bodies to traffic and transport and the rural production zone. However, the four key areas are:

  • Central city and local centres: we want to keep these areas prosperous and attractive for businesses and the public.
  • Residential growth: we want to provide enough housing to meet the demand for 1,000 more people per year for the next 10 years, and respond to our changing demographic profile.
  • Managing industry: we want to ensure sufficient land supply and protect key industries from reverse sensitivity, providing certainty for investment.
  • Coastal management: we want to make sure that activities do not affect the natural values of the coast, and that risk to activities from coastal hazards, such as storm surges, is managed.

In October 2016, we released a Draft District Plan that proposed a new format with new objectives, policies and zones. It included rule summaries that gave a steer on specific standards that could be applied. Feedback on the draft plan made sure we were on the right track. 

What's Next?

We received an excellent response to the draft plan with 98 written comments covering 300 submission points on a range of issues. We also had a great result on social media with the draft plan reaching over 60,000 people - with many giving feedback on our Facebook page

The next stage is to assess the feedback to confirm and refine the plan.  This, with further technical analysis, will enable us to develop specific methods (zoning and rule responses). We will continue to meet with key stakeholders and discuss zoning and rule responses to finalise the Proposed District Plan. 

Consultation on the Proposed District Plan will be held in late 2017. 

The Proposed District Plan is part of a statutory process and will be publicly notified in accordance with the Resource Management Act 1991. You will be able to make formal submissions, have your views heard at a hearing and appeal any decision to the Environment Court.  

District Plan Review timeline.  

District Plan Review Documents 

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