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Key Messages

Central Hawke's Bay is growing and we want to enable our housing and businesses to grow in a smart way

Working with experts, we have forecast projected household growth and how we can prepare for this growth in a sustainable way. We are monitoring the availability of land and know we have some capacity in our urban areas and towns. We've earmarked new areas for residential and industrial growth, for when it is needed.

If you'd like to learn more about how we propose to provide for sustainable growth, head here


Our coastal environment is special and has different land and resource use issues to other parts of the district. By addressing the coastal environment within our draft District Plan, we can protect its natural character areas, manage coastal settlement sizes and protect its high natural character areas and landscapes.

If you'd like to learn more about how we propose to protect and manage our Coastal Environment and Rural Settlements, head here

Our landscapes and natural environment are precious, but we’ve not always provided for them in the District Plan.

Working with experts, we’ve identified new significant natural areas and for the first time outstanding natural landscapes and features.

If you'd like to learn more about how we propose to protect our unique landscapes, head here

Our district has a proud history and it’s vital we recognise areas of significance to our tangata whenua, marae and our community. The district also has a number of important and prominent historic buildings and some notable trees.

If you'd like to learn more about how we propose to work in partnership with Taiwhenua o Tamatea, head here


Our District is made up of areas of naturally productive land that should be protected. We’ve engaged technical experts to identify these areas and are proposing to introduce three new rural zones.

We’ve engaged a technical expert who has worked with us across the district to identify areas of land with high productivity and versatility. This means that this land is naturally fertile and can be used for a range of different productive purposes.

If you'd like to learn more about how we propose to manage and develop our land resources, head here


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