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First District Plan Review In 20 Years Hits Milestone

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Friday 2 November 2018

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council adopted the draft of the new district plan during its council meeting on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

The current District Plan was last publicly notified in June 1997 and adopted by Council in 2003.  The Resource Management Act requires the plan to be reviewed within ten years of becoming operable. 

The current District plan is over two decades old, reflecting the aspirations of a future Central Hawke’s Bay 20 years ago.  The reviewed District Plan now reflects the surge of positivity and growth the District is experiencing and the aspirations of the Central Hawke’s Bay Community identified through Project THRIVE of a future Central Hawke’s Bay.

Central Hawkes Bay District Mayor Alex Walker says that the Council has confidence in how the review of the District Plan has been aligned to the priorities identified during Project Thrive.

“At the start of our term, we made it clear that reviewing our District Plan was an urgent priority for Council to be doing their job properly for this community.  Project Thrive highlighted to us that we needed to create a framework that balanced protecting our environment and identity, with the visions for growth and opportunity”, say Mayor Alex Walker. 

“Two years ago, we set a deadline, resourced it well and now Councillors and I are proud to have delivered on what we said we would do”.

District Plan Manager Helen O'Shaughnessy says that the team is thrilled to have completed the bulk of the technical work.

“With twenty years to catch up on, this has been a substantial body of work and we’re not finished yet. We’re balancing taking the time to get this right with the urgency of the need to review the plan.  The next phase is for us to finalise a few remaining areas of the draft plan before we go out for consultation”.

“To do this, we’re designing a schedule that allows us to connect with our rural community, iwi and business community, as well as the wider district over the next twelve months. We want this to be our plan, in every sense of the word”.

If the community have any questions about the District Plan Review or want further information, please contact the District Plan Review Team on 06 857 8060 or email

To learn more about Project Thrive, head to our website

Authorised by Chief Executive: Monique Davidson

7 August 2020

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