NPDC Draft Digital Plan goes digital

01 February 2018

From this Monday (5 FEBRUARY), the public will have a chance to explore the proposals in New Plymouth District Council’s Draft District Plan – and it’s fully digital and easy to use.

NPDC is leading e-planning in New Zealand and has drafted its new District Plan directly into an e-plan. 

Focusing on the user, any person will be able to use the online interactive tool. In a few clicks they can find information on their property anytime, anywhere – rather than looking through documents for the information they need – making the plan more accessible.

District Plans guide how NPDC manages a variety of activities in our community. 

Before the formal consultation process for NPDC’s new draft plan begins in June, the public is being asked to test how it’s being made available.  

“We also want to test the content of the draft plan with the public,” says NPDC Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts.

“This is your opportunity to start to know your zone, know where we are growing, know where to do business and to get to know our coastal story.”

The draft plan focuses on four key areas of change:
Keeping our central city and local business centres thriving.
Providing enough housing for about 1,000 more people per year. The housing will be of various types for different needs as our community ages.
Providing enough land in the right locations for industry.
Managing our coastline activities so that natural values aren’t affected and risks (such as from storm surges) are minimised.

“It’s about planning for the future,” says Mr Hodgetts. “We want to know what people think of these proposals, but we also want feedback on how people think the e-plan works.”

The Digital District Plan will be online at

Landowners will be well-informed of any major changes in zoning that relate to their property and will have an opportunity to tell us what they think before the formal consultation process begins in June.

None of the rules or zonings in the draft plan apply at this stage as NPDC is still at the early stage of the process but NPDC wants your feedback on the proposals.

The Digital District Plan is part of NPDC’s commitment to becoming a digital council, making it easier for the public to do business with us.