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:
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The Operative District Plan is nearly 20 years old so it’s time to update it to reflect who we are now and what our community’s aspirations are for the future. We started reviewing the Central Hawke's Bay District Plan in 2018 and got valuable feedback from the community on a Draft District Plan through public meetings and hearings in 2019 and 2020. A new Proposed District Plan was developed and publicly notified on 28 May 2021. Submissions are open from 28 May 2021 until 6 August 2021 at 5.00pm.
Resource consent applications will be considered under both the Operative District Plan and any relevant sections of the Proposed District Plan until the Proposed District Plan becomes fully Operative - when submissions, hearings, and appeals are finished. This is expected to take around two years. During this period, you should check both the Operative and the Proposed District Plans to fully understand the planning rules for the district.
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