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District Plan Review

About Central Hawke's Bay's draft District Plan


Our draft District Plan consultation has now closed

What is a District Plan and why do we need a new one?

A district plan is the ‘rule book’ that directs how we will use, develop and subdivide our land over the next 10 years. Required by law, it describes policies, rules and standards to ensure we balance economic and residential growth with protecting Central Hawke’s Bay’s natural environment for future generations.

Our current plan is nearly 20 years old - and it’s time for Central Hawke’s Bay to have a plan that reflects who we are today and our aspirations for the future.  In November 2016, Central Hawke’s Bay embarked on a bold and ambitious new journey as a Council and Community to create a new vision for Central Hawke’s Bay – Together we Thrive! The District Plan review is a key tool to bring the outcomes of Project Thrive alive for our community. 


What does the draft District Plan cover?

Our draft District Plan covers many areas, including providing for sustainable growth, coastal and rural settlements, recognising our cultural values and heritage areas, protecting our unique landscape and protecting our land resources.

Some of the proposed changes in the draft District Plan are significant, while others are just common sense. You can download and read an overview of the draft District Plan  or the full draft District Plan here. You will find the Urban maps here and the rural maps here

Related Pages and Supporting Documents can be found in the Related Documents above.


District Plan Informal Hearings - February 2020

We are now at the point of beginning the Informal Hearings on our draft District Plan. After having conducted public meetings throughout the district last year and receiving many informative submissions we are now looking forward to engaging with submitters at our informal hearings.

The Informal Hearings will give the District Plan Committee and Council staff the opportunity to discuss with submitters any points they have made in submissions.  Being able to clarify and discuss the key submission points will add value and depth to our decision making processes.

The Informal Hearings will take place over eight days in February.  The attached schedule, showing the submitters and the topics they have submitted on, provides a good indication of the wide and diverse issues that the Central Hawkes Bay community has commented on and also the level of interest in the review within the community.

To view the schedule, please click here.

The Informal Hearings are open to the public and we welcome anyone who is interested to attend any of the sessions and listen to submitters presenting their submissions. The Informal Hearings are being held on Ruataniwha Street in the District Councils Chambers.

The Committee hearing the submissions will comprise of an Independent Chair – Mick Lester, the Mayor Alex Walker, Councillor Tim Aitken, Roger Maaka, and Ian Sharp.

After the Informal Hearings the Committee members will make recommendations on all the submissions we have received during March and April. These recommendations will then be presented to the full Council for ratification before any amendments are made to the draft District Plan which will then be released as a Proposed District Plan.

When the Proposed District Plan is released there will be a further opportunity for public consultation on the contents of the Plan.  We will keep the Central Hawkes Bay community and other submitters well informed of the dates for consultation on the Proposed Plan.  

Thank you again for your interest in the draft District Plan review and your attendance at our meetings. We look forward to hearing from you again.


I've got questions about the draft District Plan and / or the process, who can I talk to?

If you have questions about the draft District Plan or the review process please email


Frequently Asked Questions
Providing Sustainable Growth
Coastal Settlements and Rural Townships
Recognising Our Cultural Values and Heritage Areas
Protecting Our Unique Landscapes
Protecting Our Land Resources

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