District Plan Review

Digitial District PlanWe have completed the review of our District Plan, and on September 23 2019 we notified our Proposed District Plan. This is the second District Plan we have prepared under the Resource Management Act 1991. 


Proposed District Plan

Public notification of the Proposed Plan is followed by a formal consultation period where you will can make submissions, have your views heard at a hearing and appeal any decisions to the Environment Court. Click here find out more about this process. 



Background to the District Plan Review:

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. 

Draft District Plan (paper based)

In October 2016, we released a paper-based version of the 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.

The paper-based Draft District Plan signalled a policy shift in how NPDC would manage aspects such as indigenous biodiversity, water bodies, traffic and transport, and the rural production zone. However, the four key areas of focus were:
  • Central city and local centres: keeping these areas prosperous and attractive for businesses and the public.
  • Residential growth: providing enough housing to meet the demand for 1,000 more people per year for the next 10 years, and responding to our changing demographic profile.
  • Managing industry: ensuring sufficient land supply and protecting key industries from reverse sensitivity, providing certainty for investment.
  • Coastal management: making sure that activities do not affect the natural values of the coast, and that risks from coastal hazards, such as storm surges, are managed
We received an excellent response to the paper-based Draft District 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. This feedback was used to help refine our issues and build a new Draft Digital District Plan.

Draft Digital District Plan

The Draft Digital Plan was released in February 2018. It included specific methods (zoning and rule responses). Developing a digital version of the District Plan signalled a new era in plan-making for our district. Our aim is to make it easier for the public to find planning information, including property specific zones and the planning rules.

The Draft Digital District Plan is not available right now as it is moving from being "draft" to "proposed". We are now moving the Proposed District Plan through the Council approval process. Following Council approval, we will make some final checks before formally notifying the proposed plan for public consultation. Watch this space for more information on notification timeframes.  

District Plan Review Documents

Pre-notification Proposed District Plan Documents

Digital District Plan Documents 

Paper-based Draft District Plan

Background to District Plan review

Draft Digital District Plan

Draft District Plan Viewed on multiple devices

The draft Digital District Plan was released in February 2018.  We had a great turnout to our four open days and three walk-and-talk sessions and received a large amount of feedback. The Draft Digital District Plan feedback period has now closed. We are continuing to work through the feedback and our informal consultation before we move into the formal consultation stage. Our Draft Digital Plan was well received and won some best practice awards - view the news release here. We look forward to continuing to lead best practice in the next phase of developing the Digital District Plan.

As part of the release of the Draft Digital District Plan, we promoted a “Know Your Zone” campaign. This included Know our Coastal Story”,  “Know Where to do Business and “Know Where we are Growing