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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:
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 was notified on 28 May 2021. The submission period was open until 6 August 2021. Now that we have received submissions and further submissions, we are moving on to the next stages in the District Plan process.
123 submissions were received, approximating 2500 individual submission points across all areas of the Plan.
All submissions have been summarised by Council officers and the Council has published the ‘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 was publicly notified on Monday 11 October 2021. The reports, along with the original submissions, can be viewed on our website.
The period for receiving Further Submissions closed at 5pm on Tuesday 9 November 2021. All Further Submissions received will be summarised and published to our website.
Council are now preparing for the hearings that will be held from March 2022. Information on the Proposed District Plan Hearings can be found here.
To help explain the provisions of the Proposed District Plan, five key themes have been developed. Click here to read about the key themes.
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.
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