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Submissions on the Proposed District Plan are open from 28 May 2021 to 6 August 2021 at 5pm.

Anyone can make a formal submission on the Proposed District Plan once it is publicly notified. Making a submission enables individuals and groups to have a say on how District Plans are developed. Submissions also help the Plan Review Hearing Panel understand how the community want to manage effects on the environment in our district.

You can make a submission by either:

Here’s how you can lodge your submission:


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: 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.

Read these documents before you make a submission

Read the Proposed District Plan and the planning officer’s Section 32 report here so you can see what provisions have been proposed, and the justification for them.

Want to talk?

Come and talk to one of our Planners in person or over Zoom. You can ask specific questions or seek clarification on the Proposed District Plan.
Council Planners and consultants will be happy to answer specific questions, or give you general clarification about the plan. They can also help you understand how to go about making a formal submission.
Book a time to meet a Planner, over the phone,or on Zoom by ringing Council on 06 857 8060 or emailing

Click here to view a calendar of drop in sessions with staff and planners.

Writing a submission

  • Pick the part(s) of the proposed plan you want to submit on. Be as specific as you can and refer to policy or rule numbers, pages, paragraphs, or points.
  • Clearly state whether you support, oppose or are neutral about the part(s) of the proposed plan you are submitting on.
  • Clearly identify what effect the part(s) of the proposed plan will have on you and/or the environment, and what you think the outcome should be. 
  • Don’t include matters that are not within the proposed plan. The hearing panel can only consider things that relate to the proposed plan. For example, if you want to discuss rubbish collection please refer to submissions on the Long Term Plan.
  • State whether you want to speak, or do not want to speak, at a hearing in support of your submission. Appearing at a hearing is not compulsory, it is an opportunity to present your submission and answer any questions.

Tips for an effective submission

  • Make it clear and easy to read, with one point per paragraph or sentence.
  • Use facts and clearly explain how what’s proposed could affect you or the environment directly.
  • Use examples to explain how the plan objectives, policies, or rules will support / restrict you.
  • Use local knowledge to describe any effects that may not have been identified in the proposal.
  • Provide suggestions to make things better, and say why your suggestions should be considered.
  • Clearly state the decision you wish Council to reach.
  • If you are going to speak at the hearing remember you can only speak about issues raised in your written submission.

View all submissions

Submissions are public information. All the submissions we receive on the Proposed District Plan will be able to be read here.

Summary of submissions

Planning Officers will summarise everyone’s submissions so you can get an overview of what people think about the Proposed District Plan. Once complete, this summary will be found here.

Further submissions

After submissions have been received and summarised, we’ll announce the when the further submissions period is open.

A further submission is a submission that supports or opposes someone else’s submission, however only certain people can make a further submission. Further submitters can be; 

  • Any person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest; or
  • Any person that has an interested in the proposed plan greater than the interest the general public has



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