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Operative District Plan

The Central Hawke's Bay District Plan (also called the Operative District Plan) is the first plan developed for our district. The Operative District Plan contains objectives, policies and rules for managing adverse effects on the environment and primarily addresses land use and subdivision activities.

The Operative District Plan has helped Council carry out some of its main functions, including:

  • manage the natural and physical resources of the district in an integrated manner
  • avoid or mitigate the risk of natural hazards
  • avoid or mitigate the environmental effects resulting from noise or from the storage, use, disposal or transportation of hazardous substances
  • manage the effects of activities on the surface of rivers and lakes in the district and to manage subdivision.

Operative Plan Text 

Operative Plan Maps

District Plan 2003 Maps Nos. 1-12

District Plan 2003 Maps Nos. 13-24

District Plan 2003 Maps Nos. 25-36

District Plan 2003 Maps Nos. 37-48


Click here to view the eplan for our Operative District Plan

A District Plan review is underway

Central Hawke's Bay has changed and we are preparing a District Plan that reflects who we are today and our aspirations for the future. 

We started our District Plan review in 2018. We received a lot of feedback from the community and stakeholders on a Draft District Plan. That feedback helped us develop this Proposed District Plan for everyone to consider. It was publicly notified in May 2021, with submissions closing on 6 August, and Council received 130 submissions. 

Council is now preparing a Summary of Submissions, which will include details of changes sought to the Plan in the submissions. 

Further submissions will then be called for, limited to supporting or opposing an original submission, and to people who represent a relevant aspect of the public interest or have an interest greater than the interest of the general public. 

Making a further submission at this point will give the submitter the right to participate in a hearing on that issue if they choose to do so. 

Once prepared, the summary, the full submissions and the Further Submission form will be available on Council's website and at Council's offices in Waipukurau and Waipawa.  

Further submissions must be lodged with Council and the person who made the original submission within 10 working days of the publication of the Summary of Submissions. 


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