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District Plan Review - Frequently Asked Questions

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What does the District Plan do and why is it important?

A District Plan directs how we use, develop and subdivide our land over the next ten years. Required by law, it describes policies, rules and performance standards to ensure we balance economic and residential growth with protecting Central Hawke’s Bay’s natural environment for future generations.

How has the Maori World View been incorporated into this District Plan Review?

We’ve worked closely with local tangata whenua to develop two new chapters addressing cultural values and sites of cultural significance.

Who does it Affect?

Everyone who lives in Central Hawke’s Bay now, and in the future. We want to enable growth, while protecting what makes Central Hawke’s Bay special for future generations. Project Thrive told us that smart growth and looking after the environment is important to our community. Our draft District Plan reflects this.

Why are we doing it?

Council has a legal responsibility under the Resource Management Act 1991, for a District Plan to be in place. Our current District Plan is nearly 20 years old. As good practice, a District Plan should be reviewed every 10 years.


There is a significant natural area on my property. What does this mean?

Your property may be shown on our planning maps as including an area as being a significant natural area. This means you have a special area on your land of high biodiversity value. Existing and some new special provisions introduced in the draft District Plan, will ensure these areas are protected for future generations and include controls on vegetation clearance. Technical reports on the Council website provide a background to these issues and why Council is addressing these special areas in the draft District Plan.

Have we considered outstanding natural landscapes and features in our District Plan before?

No. As a district, this is the first time that we’ve ever had any assessment of our outstanding natural landscapes and features. To identify these outstanding natural landscapes and features, a landscape architect has carried out a district-wide landscape assessment, as well as an assessment of the natural character of the coastal environment. We have identified one outstanding natural landscape, and 11 outstanding natural features.


How was the draft District Plan created?

Council created a Sub-Committee, comprised of four Councillors – Mayor Alex Walker, Deputy Mayor Ian Sharp, Councillors David Tennent and Tim Aitken, and two members of Tamatea O Taiwhenua, Dr. Roger Maaka and Brian Gregory. Together they have considered and discussed the individual sections of the draft District Plan, taking advice from a range of experts, before recommending changes that form the draft District Plan


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