On 10 December 2015 Council endorsed moving the Proposed Kāpiti District Plan (PDP) to formal hearings in 2016. The hearings will be held under a panel consisting of five members, comprising three independent commissioners and two Council commissioners who will conduct the hearings in accordance with procedures set out in the Resource Management Act 1991.
Full hearings will begin in April but the Hearings Panel convened a one-day meeting on 17 February 2016 to advise submitters or their representatives about the proposed hearing process.
The Chapter 1/Whole of Plan Integration hearing closing is set for 3 March 2017. The Council officers' closing statement will be delivered and submitters are welcome to attend, although the hearing closing will not be an opportunity for submitters to speak.
Posted 20 December 2016
Hearings Panel minutes and correspondence
During the course of the hearings, the Panel Chair will issue minutes at various times to inform submitters about the conduct of the hearings. Also during the course of the hearings, parties to any hearing may provide memoranda and correspondence to the panel. Copies of minutes, memoranda and other documents can be found here.
A conflict of interest matter was raised at the Procedural Meeting on 17 February. The Chair of the Hearing Panel for the Proposed Kapiti Coast District Plan, Alistair Aburn, issued a preliminary and a final decision, which can be found here with other minutes of the Hearings Panel. Subsequently, the objection to Mr Aburn hearing and considering submissions in respect of the airport zone was withdrawn in a memorandum found here. Mr Aburn will now Chair the Hearings Panel, and hear and consider submissions on the entire Proposed Kapiti Coast District Plan.
The Hearings Panel will also regularly release a newsletter, the PDP Update, to give laypeople summaries of progress at the hearings. Copies can be found here.
Coastal Ratepayers United Environment Court Declaration Application
An application for declarations has been filed in the Environment Court by Coastal Ratepayers United (case number ENV-2016-WLG-000028).
The application (here ) seeks two declarations relating to the withdrawal of provisions from the Proposed District Plan in 2014.
If you would like further information in relation to Environment Court proceedings you can refer to the Environment Court's website:
Draft hearings schedule
The draft hearings schedule is available here.
In accordance with RMA requirements, the hearings will recognise tikanga Māori where appropriate and information can be found here.
Information (Sn 42A reports and evidence) on each hearing can be found below.
|General/Plan-Wide||4 April - 11 April|
|Chapter 2 Objectives||12 April - 19 April|
(excluding Financial Contributions)
|2 May - 4 May|
(excluding waahi tapu)
|6 May - 10 May|
|Chapter 5 Living Environment||11 May - 27 May|
|Chapter 7 Rural Environment||30 May - 15 June|
|Chapter 7 Rural Rezoning Requests||17 June - 20 June|
|Urban Tree Variation||11 July - 12 July|
|Coastal Overview||13 July|
|Chapter 3 Natural Environment||25 July - 1 August|
14 February 2017