Proposed District Plan engagement
Submissions were accepted between 18 July 2022 and 12 September 2022. Our team has read and summarised all submissions.
Submissions were accepted between 21 November 2022 and 2 December 2022. Our team has read and summarised all further submissions.
Hearings for the Proposed District Plan started January 2023. This process gives submitters will have an opportunity to voice their submission to a hearings panel.
These hearings have been split into streams and have certain topics. We have published the expected dates for the hearings.
The hearings will be conducted by the panel of resource management commissioners.
If you have made a submission and wish to be heard, the Council will contact you to arrange a time to speak during the relevant hearing stream/s.
It is recommended that submitters review the relevant minutes and become familiar with the due dates associated with their hearing stream/s.
Getting the new District Plan approved
There are two separate processes for the Proposed District Plan to become operative.
- Some parts of the plan must go through a streamlined process known as the Intensification Streamlined Planning Process (ISPP). These are the parts of the plan which are related to housing intensification relating to the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and other matters) Amendment Act 2021. This covers roughly 60 percent of the plan.
- The rest of the plan will go through the normal process, as set out in the first schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991.
The two processes will happen at the same time.
The key difference between the two processes is that the ISPP does not allow appeals of decisions.
As a result, the timeframes between the two processes are different. The ISPP takes approximately one year until they are legally operative. The traditional process can take between five to ten years for all provisions to become legally operative, due to appeals being resolved.