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Every Council is required to have a District Plan. It is a ‘rule book’ that directs how we will use, develop and subdivide land in our district. It includes Council's environmental objectives and policies and sets out the rules to help us achieve those goals. It specifies what can and can’t be done without a Resource Consent, and the standards that must be followed. District Plans ensure that our current needs, including economic and residential growth, are balanced with protecting the natural environment for our residents today and for future generations.

District Plan maps show future land use designations and the district’s zoning:

  • Residential
  • Rural
  • Commercial/ Retail
  • Retail
  • Industrial / service
  • Open Space
  • River Corridor
  • Conservation
  • Airport

Everyone is affected by the District Plan because it helps shape how we live, work and play in Central Hawke’s Bay. Its policies are designed to ensure the environment, and the things people love about living here are protected.

No-one can use land in a way that disregards the District Plan – even visitors need to follow rules relating to things like hazard management and noise.

 

Our district, values and people are quite different from the time our current District Plan was prepared nearly 20 years ago. As good practice, a District Plan should be reviewed every 10 years.

A District Plan plays a big part in how we manage growth in the district, addressing a range of issues including character, amenity, heritage and landscape, open spaces, urban growth, subdivision and coastal management.

You may be interested in big picture aspects of the District Plan like outstanding landscapes, or just what you can and can’t do on your property – subdividing, building a new garage or deck, or starting a home business.

A Proposed District Plan is one that is not finished yet, so anyone can give feedback on it by making a formal submission. This is your chance to let the Council know what you think of the policies and rules they’re proposing.

The Proposed District Plan has been developed from a Draft District Plan, prepared with the oversight of a sub-committee (Mayor Alex Walker, Deputy Mayor Ian Sharp, Councillors David Tennent and Tim Aitken, and Tamatea O Taiwhenua representatives Dr. Roger Maaka and Brian Gregory) with advice from subject matter experts. Following comprehensive public consultation on the draft plan, Council has now prepared the Proposed District Plan for formal public consultation. For comprehensive information on the process and the next steps read our May 2021 Proposed District Plan brochure.

To help explain the provisions of the Proposed District Plan, five key themes have been developed. Click here to read about the key themes.

Yes, there are several ways that you can contact us for more information or to have your questions answered. You can call in at one of our drop-in sessions being held in June, July and August (click here to see the calendar); go here for places, dates and times; you can book a time to meet a planner or talk to one on the phone by ringing Council on 06 857 8060; or you can email us.

Fill in the submission form found here (it’s also available at the Council office in Waipawa, Waipawa Library and Pop up Service Centre in Waipukurau) or use it as a guide to write your submission. On the same page, we have provided tips on how to write a good submission.

Here’s how you can lodge your submission:

Online: Click here

Email: districtplan@chbdc.govt.nz

Post: Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, PO BOX 127, Waipawa 4240

Drop off: Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Offices, 28 – 32 Ruataniwha Street, Waipawa

You have to make a submission in order to participate in the hearings. If you make a submission on the Proposed District Plan, you can indicate in your submission whether you’d like to participate in a hearing or not.

  • Once the Proposed District Plan has been notified the Council must use both the Operative and the Proposed District Plans. The ‘weight’ given to each Plan depends on what stage the Proposed District Plan is at, and the kinds of submissions people make. So, for a while, every situation could be different and the plan ‘weight’ will change as the process moves along. Please contact the Planning Department if you need help. For a detailed explanation of how both plans will be used, here is the legal advice we’ve received. 
  • The subdivision rules and performance standards in the Operative District Plan will continue to be operative until submissions have been received and/or until the District Plan Hearings Panel has made decisions on the Proposed District Plan. If we don’t receive any submissions that oppose a rule in the Proposed District Plan, that rule may become operative before the hearings panel has made any decisions 
  • The new minimum lot size in the Proposed District Plan won’t come into effect until:
    • Submissions and further submissions have been received, and none of the submissions oppose the minimum lot size rules, or
    • The District Plan Hearings Panel makes a decision on the minimum lot size rules and performance standards.
  • If you want your subdivision application to be considered under the Operative Plan, you should submit your application before the Proposed District Plan’s submission/further submission period closes.

Council created a sub-committee made Mayor Alex Walker, Deputy Mayor Ian Sharp, Councillors David Tennent and Tim Aitken, and two members of Tamatea O Taiwhenua, Dr. Roger Maaka and Brian Gregory. Together they considered and discussed the individual sections of the Operative District Plan, and they took advice from a range of subject matter experts before recommending changes that formed the Draft District Plan.

We have worked closely with tangata whenua while preparing the plan, including partaking in hui, field trips and presentations, and having Taiwhenua o Tamatea representation on the plan sub-committee. The plan includes specific chapters addressing cultural values, sites of cultural significance, and papakāinga and kaumatua housing.

Your property may be shown on the planning maps as being in a significant natural area. This means you have a special area on all or part of your land that has high biodiversity value. Provisions in the Proposed District Plan will ensure these areas are protected for future generations, and include some controls on vegetation clearance. Have a look at the plan review documents to read the technical reports that led to these provisions.

Check the Operative and Proposed District Plan to see how your activity is classified:

  • Permitted - allowed if you follow the standards outlining how the activity must be done
  • Controlled - requires resource consent but will be approved if meets standards
  • Restricted discretionary - requires resource consent and Council has discretion over certain matters when deciding whether to grant a resource consent
  • Discretionary - requires resource consent and effects will be assessed and resource consent granted or declined on a case by case basis
  • Non-complying - resource consent granted only under exceptional circumstances
  • Prohibited - not allowed at all, even with a resource consent

Once you have approval you need to ensure your activity is undertaken within the plan’s rules and standards.

Once our Proposed District Plan is notified, some of the rules will come into effect immediately.

The rules in the Proposed District Plan that have immediate legal effect are in Part 2 of the Proposed District Plan, in these chapters (as per section 86B(3) of the RMA):

  • Ecosystems and Indigenous Biodiversity
  • Historic Heritage
  • Notable Trees
  • Sites and Areas of Significance to Māori

Most of the rules in the Proposed District Plan do not have immediate legal effect.

Rules in chapters not listed in the question above will only have legal effect once decisions on the Proposed District Plan are made, or possibly earlier if none of the submissions oppose them.

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).

Once the Proposed District Plan is notified, objectives and policies may be relevant when resource consents are assessed under the Operative District Plan. They won’t have very much weight at first, but will be given more weight as the proposed plan process goes on.

If the Operative District Plan requires a Resource Consent, a relevant Proposed District Plan rule (that does not have legal effect yet) would not change the activity status of the consent application. Once consent is granted, it will be valid even after any new Proposed District Plan rules take legal effect (i.e. you won’t have to get another Resource Consent).

If a Resource Consent is not required under the Operative District Plan, while we’re operating under the two plans the activity will be permitted - even if the Proposed District Plan requires a consent.

Activities not allowed as of right on your land may require a resource consent (authorisation) from Council to proceed.

 

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The Proposed District Plan was notified on 28 May 2021. The submission period was open until 6 August 2021. Now that we have received submissions, we are moving on to the next stages in the District Plan process.

122 submissions were received, totaling 2500 individual submission points across all areas of the Plan.

All submissions are now being summarised by Council officers and the Council will soon publish ‘Summary of Submissions’ reports. These reports will summarise all of the changes to the Proposed District Plan that submitters have asked for. 

The Summary of Submissions will be publicly notified on Monday 11 October 2021. The reports, along with the original submissions, can be viewed on our website from Monday 11 October.

The ‘Summary of Submissions’ is a report summarising all of the changes to the Proposed District Plan that submitters have asked for in their original submissions (these are sometimes referred to as ‘decisions requested’).

The reports summarise everyone’s submissions so you can get an overview of what people think about the Proposed District Plan. It’s particularly useful to those people who are eligible to, and want to, make further submissions.

You can view the Summary of Submissions on Monday 11 October 2021.

 

The Council will publicly notify the summary of submissions on Monday 11 October 2021. Some people and organisations (those with an interest in the Proposed Plan that is greater than that of the public in general; or those who represent a relevant aspect of the public interest) will then be able to make ‘further submissions’.

The further submission period will be open from on Monday 11 October 2021. Further submissions must be received by Council by 5pm on Friday 29 October.

To help people view the submissions received, and decide if they wish to make a further submission to support or oppose that submission, Council will prepare a Summary of Submissions in several formats:

-  Summary of Submissions – By Provision
(to see summarised submissions made on each Proposed Plan chapter)

-  Summary of Submissions – By Submitter
(to see summarised submission points made by each individual submitter)

-  Summary of Submissions – Excel Spreadsheet
(enables you to undertake your own analysis of all summarised submissions in Excel format, filterable by submitter and provision).

A further submission is a submission that supports or opposes someone else’s submission. It can take a position on the entire submission or just a part of a submission, such as a particular change someone has asked for.

Further submissions are made after the original submission period has closed, when everyone has had a chance to review each other’s submissions (which are summarised in the Summary of Submissions).

A further submission cannot raise a new issue – it can only support or oppose others’ submission points. A further submission cannot take a ‘neutral’ position or make a general comment on a submission point.

You can make a further submission if:

  • You have an interest in the Proposed District Plan that is greater than that of the public in general; or
  • You represent a relevant aspect of the public interest.

You need to make sure that you specify the submission point that your further submission relates to. This information will be available in the Summary of Submissions.

The Council will publicly notify the Summary of Submissions on Monday 11 October 2021.

The further submission period will be open from on Monday 11 October 2021. Further submissions must be received by the Council by 5pm on Friday 29 October.

A full list of submitter contact addresses/emails is available on the Submissions page from Monday 11 October.

Please note: Further submissions are public information so everything that’s in it will be publicly available. You can ask for some of your details, like your phone number or email address, to be kept confidential.

How to make a further submission:

  1. You can make a further submission online, or fill in a further submission form (it’s also available at Council service centres) from Monday 11 October 2021.
  2. Lodge your further submission by:
  • Email: districtplan@chbdc.govt.nz
  • Post: Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, PO BOX 127, Waipawa 4240
  • Drop off: Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Offices, 28 – 32 Ruataniwha Street, Waipawa.

    3. Once your further submission is lodged with Council, you must also send a copy to the person(s) who made the original submission on which you            are commenting on, within 5 working days of lodging your submission with Council.

A full list of submitter contact addresses/emails will be available on the Submissions page from Monday 11 October 2021.

Please note: Further submissions are public information so everything that’s in it will be publicly available. You can ask for some of your details, like your phone number or email address, to be kept confidential.

 

 

You can make a further submission if:

  • You have an interest in the Proposed Plan that is greater than that of the public in general. For example, if a submission has been made to rezone land that you own.
  • You represent a relevant aspect of the public interest, such as an advocacy group or other collective.

If you fit the above criteria, you can make a further submission on the matter that affects you or your group, whether or not you have made an original submission.

If you have made an original submission this will still stand, so it may not be necessary to make a further submission that reiterates your original submission.

If you have any questions about making a further submission, please call the Council’s Planning team on 06 857 80 60.

You can make a further submission online, or you can fill in a further submission form which will be available from Monday 11 October via our website and Council Offices.

When writing your further submission you will need to clearly identify the relevant parts of original submissions that you are submitting on. This includes;

  • Identifying the submission/submission point number that you are making a further submission on.
  • Stating if you oppose/support the submission point.
  • The reasons for your support/opposition, and
  • The decision you would like Council to make in relation to the submission (for example, whether they should reject or accept the point made by the original submitter).

Remember that a further submission cannot raise new issues. It can only comment on issues raised by other submitters already.

Here’s how you can lodge your further submission:

  • Email: districtplan@chbdc.govt.nz
  • Post: Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, PO BOX 127, Waipawa 4240
  • Drop off: Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Offices, 28 – 32 Ruataniwha Street, Waipawa
  • Please note: Further submissions are public information so everything that’s in it will be publicly available. You can ask for some of your details, like your phone number or email address, to be kept confidential.

The further submission period will be open from on Monday 11 October 2021. Further submissions must be received by the Council by 5pm on Friday 29 October.

Once your further submission is lodged with Council, you must also send a copy to the person(s) who made the original submission on which you are commenting on, within 5 working days of lodging your submission with Council.

A full list of submitter contact addresses/emails will be available on the Submissions page from Monday 11 October 2021.

All submissions are now being summarised by Council officers and the Council will soon publish ‘Summary of Submissions’ reports. These reports will summarise all of the changes to the Proposed District Plan that submitters have asked for.

The Council will publicly notify the summary of submissions on Monday 11 October 2021.

The further submission period will be open from on Monday 11 October 2021. Further submissions must be received by the Council by 5pm on Friday 29 October.

Eligible submitters include people and organisations with an interest in the Proposed District Plan that is greater than that of the public in general; or those who represent a relevant aspect of the public interest.

After further submissions are received, Council officers will consider the points made in all original and further submissions and publish a report (known as a Section 42a report) with recommended changes to the Proposed District Plan in light of those submissions points.

A hearing will be held in 2022 where submitters will be able to present their views to a hearing panel, who will decide on what the final version of the District Plan should look like. Submitters will be contacted with details of the hearing, including arrangements for appearing and the makeup of the hearing panel, in advance of the hearing.

Depending on whether any parts of this decision are appealed, we expect to have an operational District Plan by mid-2023 at the earliest.

The following rules have had no submissions in opposition and are required to be treated as operative under s 86F Resource Management Act 1991.  This means the Operative District Plan rule no longer applies. 

Operative PDP Rule

Subject

ODP Rule no longer operative

Renewable Energy – R2

Works or activities associated with the on-going operation, maintenance or upgrading of existing, lawfully established Renewable Electricity Generation Activities (All Zones)

 N/A

SIGN-R1

Traffic signs or signs denoting the name of a road or the street number of the premises (All Zones)

11.4.2(a)

SIGN-R3

Temporary signs for community, educational and recreational events and during building construction (All zones)

11.4.2(b)

SIGN-R4

Signs advertising that a property is for sale (All zones)

11.4.2(d)

SIGN-R5

Signs painted, or attached directly, onto vehicles or trailers (All zones)

11.4.7(c)

GIZ-R5

Tyre Storage

N/A

GIZ-R12

Commercial boarding and/or breeding of cats, dogs and other domestic pets

7.6.3(c)

GIZ-R13

Relocatable building depots

12.3.1(b) within the Business Zone 2 only

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