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District Plan Review

In 2008, Council began reviewing its District Plan, as required for every plan provision every 10 years under the Resource Management Act.  On 29 November 2012, the Proposed District Plan (PDP) was publicly notified.

In response to public concern about aspects of the Plan, Council commissioned an Independent Review of the PDP in October 2013. 

The Review recommended the PDP continue with a modified process.

In July 2014, Council adopted Option 4 of the Review. 

Details of the Independent Review process and reports are available here.

Based on the recommendations of the review, at the meeting on 24 July 2014, Council resolved to amend the list of rules with immediate legal effect, and withdraw from the PDP the maps and provisions relating to Coastal Hazard Management Areas, provisions relating to hazardous facilities, and references to priority areas for restoration.

Extension of timeframes

Council resolved on 27 November 2014 to extend the timeframe for giving its decision on the provisions and the matters raised in submissions to 29 November 2017. Extending the timeframes will enable more robust analysis of the submissions, commissioning of additional technical reports as required, and a thorough consultative process with submitters prior to the start of hearings.

Withdrawal of maps and provisions

The withdrawal of objectives, policies, rules and map layers was adopted by the Regulatory Management Committee on 2 October and publicly notified on 30 October 2014 for:

  • Coastal Management Hazard Areas;
  • Hazardous substances and facilities; and
  • Priority areas for restoration.

Further details including amended chapters and map layers can be found here.

Rules with immediate legal effect

Once the PDP becomes operative, it will replace the current District Plan, with the exception of provisions relating to coastal hazards for which parts of the operative District Plan will remain in force.  However, some rules in the PDP do have immediate legal effect. 

Rules that have immediate legal effect are those protecting:

  • Historic heritage
  • Areas of significant habitats of indigenous fauna, and
  • Areas of significant indigenous vegetation. 

The Independent Review found that the list of rules that have immediate legal effect in Chapter 1, Introduction and Interpretation included a number that technically did not meet the requirements. 

The list of rules that have immediate effect have now been amended and are available here.

Contact details 

If you have any questions or comments about the District Plan Review, please call the Manager, Research, Policy and Planning on 04 296 4700 or email