On 10 December 2015 Council endorsed moving the Proposed Kāpiti District Plan (PDP) to formal hearings in 2016. The hearings have been held under a panel consisting of five members, comprised of three independent commissioners and two Council* commissioners who conducted the hearings in accordance with procedures set out in the Resource Management Act 1991. *Commissioner Ammundsen stepped down from her Councillor role at the last local election in November 2016.
Full hearings began in April 2016 and the Hearings Panel convened a one-day meeting on 17 February 2016 to advise submitters or their representatives about the proposed hearing process.
During the course of the hearings, the Panel Chair has issued minutes at various times to inform submitters about the conduct of the hearings. Also during the course of the hearings, parties to any hearing were able to 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 2016. The Chair of the Hearings 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 Subsequently, the objection to Mr Aburn hearing and considering submissions in respect of the airport zone was withdrawn in a memorandum found here.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 continued as Chair of the Hearings Panel, to hear and consider submissions on the entire Proposed Kapiti Coast District Plan.
In addition to the Hearings Panel minutes, two newsletters were released, the 'PDP Update', which provided laypeople summaries of progress at the hearings. Copies can be found here.
An application for declarations was filed in the Environment Court by Coastal Ratepayers United (case number ENV-2016-WLG-000028).
The application (here) sought 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:
The hearings schedule is available here.
In accordance with RMA requirements, the hearings recognised 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|