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Operative District Plan

The Central Hawke's Bay District Plan (also called the Operative District Plan) is a first generation plan developed for our district under the Resource Management Act (1991). 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.

Click Here To View The Eplan For Our Operative District Plan

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



Central Hawke's Bay District 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 and 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, Council received 123 submissions and 29 further submissions. 

Throughout 2022 we heard from submitters over seven different Hearing Streams based on topic groups (all information regarding the hearings can be found via the ‘Hearings Portal’). 

The Hearings have now been completed and the Hearings Panel has made its recommendations on the Proposed District Plan and all matters raised in submissions.  These have been accepted by the Council as its decisions.

On 25 May 2023 the Council publicly notified the updated 'decisions' version of the Proposed District Plan. The Hearings Panel Reports can be viewed here. An updated ‘decisions’ version of the Proposed District Plan can be viewed here.


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