District plan review process
Background to the District Plan review process is summarised below.
Proposed District Plan Appeals Version
The period for filing appeals with the Environment Court on the Decisions version of the PDP closed on 25 January 2018. The current version of the plan, the Appeals Version 2018, has been amended following the resolving of appeals on the District Plan since this time.
Details of appeals can be found at Appeals on the PDP.
Proposed District Plan Decisions
On 22 November 2017, the Council publicly notified the Decisions version of the Proposed District Plan (PDP).
This replaced the Proposed District Plan 29 November 2012 Notified version.
View the Decisions version of the PDP at Decisions Version 2017 – PDP.
Proposed District Plan Hearings
Council appointed a five member Hearings Panel to hear the submissions made on the PDP. Hearings commenced on 4 April 2016 with the last hearing held on 5 April 2017. In total there were 41 hearing days and 218 submitters who appeared and presented to the Hearings Panel.
View information on the hearings process and the reports and evidence presented to the Hearings Panel at Proposed District Plan Hearings 2016/17.
On 9 November 2017 Council adopted the Hearings Panel's recommendations on the PDP.
View the Hearings Panel recommendations at Panel Recommendations - Council Agenda 9 November 2017.
Independent Review of PDP
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 can be found at Independent Review on Proposed District Plan.
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 PDP timeframes
Council resolved on 27 November 2014 to extend the timeframe for giving its decision on the provisions and the matters raised in submissions on the PDP to 29 November 2017. Extending the timeframes enabled more robust analysis of the submissions, commissioning of additional technical reports as required, and an additional consultative process with submitters prior to the start of hearings.
Withdrawal of PDP maps and provisions
View details on the withdrawal of PDP map layers and related provisions and the Operative District Plan 1999 coastal hazard provisions that will continue to apply at Proposed District Plan 2012.
Proposed District Plan (PDP) 2012
In 2008, Council began reviewing its District Plan, as required for every plan provision every 10 years under the Resource Management Act. View the range of District Plan Review background reports and information at Proposed District Plan 2012.
On 29 November 2012, the Proposed District Plan (PDP) was publicly notified. View the Notified version of the PDP and supporting information at Proposed District Plan 2012.
A summary of submissions can be found at Submission summaries.
Further background on the PDP can be found in our frequently asked questions.