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District Plan

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.

Council started reviewing the Central Hawkes Bay District Plan in 2018. That led to the development of the Draft District Plan and then, after community input, the Proposed District Plan. That Proposed District Plan was publicly notified in 2021 and Council received 123 submissions and 29 further submissions. 

Throughout 2022 we heard from submitters over seven different Hearing Streams based on topic groups. All information regarding the hearings can be found via the 'Hearings Portal' button below. The Hearings are currently adjourned while the Hearings Panel deliberate on all submissions and the evidence provided. It is anticipated that the decision and an updated version of the Proposed District Plan will be publicly notified later this year. 

Click here to view our Proposed District Plan Eplan


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