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. 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, and 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 are currently adjourned while the Hearings Panel deliberate on all submissions and the evidence provided. It is anticipated that the decision and an updated 'decisions' version of the Proposed District Plan will be publicly notified later this year.
The District Plan Review Timeline
Summary of the Proposed Plan
How to use the Proposed District Plan
A District Plan affects everyone who lives in Central Hawke’s Bay now and into the future. Our Operative District Plan is nearly 20 years old and it’s time to update it so it reflects who we are today and our aspirations for the future.
The Proposed District Plan addresses the following five key messages:
Step 1: Check the Planning Maps
Check the planning maps to see which zone or zones apply to your property (e.g. GRUZ – General Rural Zone)
Then check the maps to see if there are any other overlays or features on your property. For example, your property could be in a Flood Hazard Area, or it could contain a heritage item.
Step 2: Find the Zone Rules
Look in Part 3 of the Proposed District Plan and find the zone chapter(s) that apply to your property.
Find the rule(s) in the zone chapter(s) that apply to the activity that you want to do.
Step 3: Find the District-wide rules
Look in Part 2 of the Proposed District Plan to find the District-wide chapter. Locate the rules in that chapter that would apply to your activity. More than one rule could apply, like TRAN – Transport rules, HH – Historical Heritage rules, NH – Natural Hazard rules, NFL – Natural Features and Landscapes rules, or NOISE – Noise rules.
Step 4: Check the Standards
See if your activity complies, or doesn’t comply, with the standards attached to each rule you’ve found (e.g. GRUZ-S5 is the standard for Setback from Neighbours, TRAN-S1 is the standard for Vehicle Parking).
Step 5: Assess
If your proposed activity complies with the relevant rules and standards then it is permitted.
If your proposed activity does not comply, you’ll need to apply for a Resource Consent (unless it is a prohibited activity). Look at the rules table in each of the zone chapters and in the District-wide chapter to see whether your application will be classed as Controlled, Restricted Discretionary, Discretionary, Non-Complying, or Prohibited.
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 about 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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