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Our Proposed District Plan: Have your say

The Central Hawke's Bay District Plan contains objectives, policies and rules that help us sustainably manage adverse effects on the environment. It primarily addresses land use and subdivision activities in the district.

Councils are required to prepare a District Plan under the Resource Management Act 1991. The Central Hawke's Bay District Plan (also called the Operative District Plan) is nearly 20 years old and it’s time for a plan that reflects who we are today and our aspirations for the future.

We started reviewing the Central Hawkes Bay District Plan in 2017. A new Proposed District Plan was publicly notified on 28 May 2021. Submissions are open from 28 May 2021 until 6 August 2021 at 5.00pm.

For more information and to read our Proposed District Plan click here.


Facing the facts: consulting on our proposed Long Term Plan 2021-2031

Community consultation on the proposed Long Term Plan for 2021-2031 has now closed. Click the link below to find out more.

Click here if you are wanting to go to the Facing the Facts: Long Term Plan 2021-2031 Consultation page


2021 Three Waters Bylaw Review:

The Central Hawke's Bay District Council in accordance with Section 148(a) of the Local Government Act 2002 intends to review and replace the following bylaws:

  • Part 07: Water Supply
  • Part 21: Stormwater
  • Part 22: Wastewater
  • Part 23: Trade Waste

View the Draft Bylaws and make a submission here. The Council will consider any representation received the draft Water Supply, Stormwater and Wastewater Bylaws by 31 March 2021, and any representation received on the draft Trade Waste bylaw by 12 April 2021.


Previous Consultations 2020

Remission of Rates Policy

You can read more about the Remission of Rates Policy and find out how to apply, here


Revenue and Financing Policy consultation. 

Consultation closed on 23 September 2020 and Council is currently reviewing submissions. If you have indicated that you would like to present at a hearing, a Council Officer will be in touch in due course. 


Previous Consultations 2019

Waste Management and Minimisation Plan Consultation is Closed.

You can read more about the Draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2019 here


Annual Plan 2019-2020 Consultation is Closed.

Delivering on what we said we would do, and a strong focus on affordability and the environment were the key themes for the Annual Plan 2019/20. It continued the focused investment in water infrastructure and included a proposed rates increase of 4.36% for the 2019/20 year - 0.32% above that projected in the 2018 Long Term Plan.

There were four key changes from the Long Term Plan 2018-28.

A proposal to provide a suspensory loan of $250,000 from the Rural Ward Funds to Water Holdings CHB Ltd to enable them to work collaboratively with partners to identify water security options, is one of the key proposals that Council is seeking the community’s feedback on.    The suspensory loan, with strict criteria will not be provided to revisit the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme as it was known.  Working in partnership to address the environmental, social and economic challenges and opportunities that water security creates, is the primary driver of the suspensory loan to support Water Holdings CHB to be part of the solution to address water security for Central Hawke’s Bay.

Project THRIVE highlighted how passionate our community is about protecting our patch of Central Hawke’s Bay paradise.  Council listened, and in response have development an Environmental and Sustainability Strategy, which feedback is sought on from the community as part of the 2019/20 Annual Plan consultation.   Four priorities of managing our impact on waterways, increasing recycling and reducing waste to landfill, conserving water and managing for climate change are identified in the strategy.  Council wants to hear any other great ideas that should be included within the strategy.

Managing the impacts and affordability of new rateable values set in late 2018 for Central Hawke’s Bay, is the third key area that Council seeks feedback on.  Changes to the Revenue and Financing Policy are proposed to improve the fairness from the impact new rating values have on the incidence of rating across the District.

A proposal to establish a regional Disaster Relief Trust between the five Hawke’s bay Local Authorities is the fourth change that Council seeks the community’s feedback on. Led by the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, establishing the Trust will allow for the mechanisms for donations to be received immediately as a Charity to be in place, should a major event occur.  This will also allow for funds to be distributed back to the community as quickly as possible.

This year’s rates are very close to what we proposed in the 2018 Long Term Plan – a success for a District with very limited funding sources and many challenges ahead requiring bold leadership.

Annual Plan 2019-202 Consultation Document

For ease of reading we have split the supporting documents for this consultation into the following four documents:

1.Discussion Document - Water Security Water Holdings CHB Ltd

2.Statement of Proposal - Environment and Sustainability Strategy

3.Statement of Proposal - Revenue and Financing Policy

4.Financial Supporting Information including Fees and Charges

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