Proposed District Plan

Proposed District Plan

Proposed District Plan

New Plymouth District is changing. To keep up with these changes, we’re updating the District Plan. The Proposed District Plan makes it easy to know where you can build, where you can do business and the important features in our district that we need to look after for future generations. 

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Our  Proposed District Plan was notified on 23 September 2019, with the submission period open until 22 November 2019. The submission period is now closed.

We had a great response to our call for submissions on the Proposed District Plan, with over 589 submissions received containing just under 7000 submission points. 

Please note: At this stage, we will not be making any recommendations or decisions on the submissions received as there are several further steps we are required to complete first. 

Getting to the decision stage of a proposed district plan process generally takes at least two years. 

What's next?

Summary of Submissions

Our staff are now working through the submissions to summarise all the submission points received. This part of the process is likely to be completed in the first half of 2020.   

Once we have completed summarising the submissions, we will produce a Summary of Submissions report. This will be publicly notified. 

Please note: We will contact all submitters to let them know when the Summary of Submissions report is available to view.

Process timeline 2020 

Further Submissions

Once we’ve notified the Summary of Submissions report, we will call for Further Submissions. 

Please note: This is not a call for new submission points, but an opportunity to support, oppose or comment on someone else’s submission.  We will let the public know who can make a further submission and how to do this when we reach this stage.  

When we have received all further submissions, our planning team will begin considering all the submissions received in detail.  They will then produce a series of Officer Reports with recommendations regarding the submission points made.     

Please note: This process will take at least six months and may involve meetings with submitters to further understand their points. 


Later in the process, we will hold the Proposed District Plan Hearings. At these hearings independent commissioners will consider all submissions and Officer Report recommendations. 

Again, this process will take several months. We will let submitters know when we reach this stage and how they can speak to their submission at a hearing.  

In the meantime, we are always available to answer any questions you may have. You can call us on 06-759-6060 or email at

Need help?

Are there any rules that apply now? 

Most of the rules in the Proposed Plan will not come into effect for a few years, until after the statutory process is complete and the plan is adopted by Council.

However, some rules came into effect when the Proposed Plan was notified. These are generally those rules relating to the things we look after, like significant historic sites, native bush and notable trees, and special waterbodies. 

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It is important you check the Proposed Plan before undertaking any changes to your property. You can contact us if you are unsure.