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Tena Koutou - Welcome
The District Plan has been notified on 22 September 2022 and the Public Notice can be viewed below:
Our Proposed District Plan - He Po. He Ao. Ka Awatea.
The name for the Plan is 'Proposed District Plan - He Po. He Ao. Ka Awatea', which means 'a new day' or 'a new beginning'.
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Proposed District Plan - Key information
Proposed District Plan - What, Why and How?
What is the District Plan?
What is the District Plan Review?
From the diagram below, you can see Council has stepped its way through reviewing the current or 'Operative District Plan, gathering information and feedback from the public and stakeholders through the release of discussion documents and a Draft District Plan. All this work has accumulated in the release of the Proposed District Plan, which will now be worked through a formal consultation process under the RMA.
How was the Proposed Plan made?
What are the immediate implications of the Proposed District Plan?
Certain rules in the Proposed District Plan have immediate legal effect. This means these rules apply now and may result in resource consent being required for some activities that were not otherwise required under the Operative District Plan. In considering a resource consent under the Proposed District Plan, Council must determine how much weight to give its provisions, with more or less weight given depending on how far the rules are though the plan making process. Rules that have immediate legal effect are indicated in the Proposed District Plan by a gravel symbol. A full list of the rules that have immediate legal effect can also be found here.
If there are no rules that have immediate legal effect that are relevant to your activity and if resource consent is required under the Operative District Plan, Council must still have regard to any relevant provision of a Proposed District Plan when considering a resource consent application. Again, this means a weighting exercise must be conducted.
What is the Status of the Operative District Plan?
Although the Proposed District Plan will eventually replace the Operative District Plan, the provisions of the Operative District Plan will remain operative until the time for making submissions or lodging appeals on the rules of the Proposed District Plan has expired and, in relation to the rule,
- no submissions in opposition have been made or appeals have been lodged; or
- all submissions in opposition and appeals have been determined; or
- all submissions in opposition have been withdrawn and all appeals withdrawn or dismissed.
How does the District Plan affect me?
There are a variety of ways the District Plan can affect you. If you own land, the District Plan controls what type of activities you can do on that land, what you can build, how high and certain aspects of the design. Amongst other things, it also controls whether you can subdivide that land and how much noise you can make. District Plans also control what is happening next door and in your neighbourhood. The District Plan Review provides you an opportunity to have your say and potentially influence how the new District Plan addresses those matters in the future.
Why we want your submissions
How to make a Submission?
You can make a submission on the PDP through the electronic submission system in the e-plan. Click here to access the e-plan and then press the submission button on the front page. For more guidelines, check out the ePlan How to Guidelines. Other means to make a submission are detailed here.
How your submission will be considered?
After the closing of the submission period, a summary of all submissions will be published, to give others the opportunity to consider your suggestions and an opportunity to make any further submissions on your suggestions. All the submissions will then be addressed in a Council report to a hearing's panel on the PDP. The hearing's panel will consider all submissions, advice from Council staff and other experts before making decisions on each submission point.
Click on the headings below to read a summary of each chapter of the Proposed Plan. The approach to the issues addressed in the chapter, the reasons for any changes, and what this means in practice is explained.
Energy Infrastructure and Transport
Hazards and Risks
Historical and Cultural Values
Natural Environment Values
General District wide matters
Last updated: 23 Sep 2022