Council approves proposed District Plan for Kāpiti
Friday 23 November 2012
Council’s Regulatory Management Committee approved the proposed Kāpiti Coast District Plan for release and consultation at its meeting yesterday.
The proposed plan, which applies to subdivision, land use and development, is a combination of the provisions that are working well in the current plan along with new and amended ones. It will be publicly notified on 29 November.
This means the public can then make submissions on any aspect of the proposed plan until 1 March 2013. Once these have been evaluated, hearings and appeals held, and any necessary changes made to the proposed provisions, the new District Plan will come into effect.
The only new rules that will come into effect immediately are those relating to historic heritage and protection of areas of significant biodiversity (as required by the Resource Management Act 1991). Submissions can still be made on these issues and related provisions in the proposed District Plan could be amended as a result.
“We believe it’s a robust plan that will meet the needs of Kāpiti now and into the future,” Chair of the Regulatory Management Committee, Diane Ammundsen says.
“As the blueprint that shapes our District, it’s really important that people get involved and tell us what they think. We hope to hear from as many people as possible so we can use their feedback to finalise provisions in the plan.”
The proposed District Plan will be posted online at www.kapiticoast.govt.nz on 29 November (copies can also be obtained from district libraries and service centres from this date). Frequently asked questions, a timeline of the review process, news, reports and publications are already available on this page.
Submission forms can be downloaded at the same link from November 29, then printed off and filled in or completed online.
Four public information sessions on the proposed District Plan will be held between 8-15 December (times and venues to be confirmed).