The District Plan is a large and technical document. To help you understand what changes and additions we’re proposing, we have created topic summaries. These outline the key points across a range of chapters and topics. They also highlight the biggest impacts to property owners, property developers and stakeholders. We recommend you read these first before delving into the full plan.
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This District Plan recognises that the attractiveness of our city centre helps make it successful. Council proposes to manage the design of new buildings in the city centre, the Taradale town centre and mixed use zones, to ensure development contributes towards creating great urban areas.
Most of Napier’s residents live in our residential zones, and we spend a lot of our lives at home. The layout and design of neighbourhoods and homes within those neighbourhoods, can impact on our health and wellbeing. It is therefore important that the rules of our residential zones encourage quality development.
Hawke’s Bay Airport is a strategic asset that facilitates access and economic activity in the local and broader regional economies. The HB Airport provides facilities for the transportation of people and freight and is a key asset to the city and region in terms of supporting the local tourism industry and the needs of local and business travellers.
The industrial sector is a key component of the local and regional economy. Council believes the industrial zones and their associated regulation has been working well. However, we’re proposing to tighten some rules to support the need for a regional approach to industry and better management of activities with areas of significant value.
Currently our operative District Plan doesn’t include any outstanding, special character or special amenity landscapes. Council engaged landscape specialists, in consultation with mana whenua, to provide an understanding of locations of our special landscapes. Key landscapes and features were identified and have been recommended for inclusion.
Papakāinga refers to the development of housing on Māori whenua (land). The Māori Purpose Zone is a new zone that recognises and provides for a range of activities that specifically meet Māori cultural needs, including but not limited to, residential and commercial activities. This zone recognises and provides for the relationship of Māori and their culture and traditions.
Napier’s Māori history is complex and fascinating. The history and occupation of the lands and waters in and around Napier have resulted in these places holding significant cultural value to mana whenua. Development can impact on these cultural values, and it is therefore important that important sites and areas are identified and managed appropriately by the District Plan.
Central government has directed all Councils to improve planning processes to better plan for growth and to enable more urban development. The National Policy Statement: Urban Development (2020) sets out requirements that Council needs to meet to ensure sufficient capacity for housing and business growth, and to provide for more intensive development in appropriate locations.
Improved management of stormwater is a key priority for Napier City Council. The Draft District Plan includes a new chapter to help better manage stormwater for new developments without solely relying on network solutions, or unduly constraining opportunities for additional growth to occur.
Most of Napier’s residents live in our residential zones, and we spend a lot of our lives at home. The layout and design of neighbourhoods, and homes within those neighbourhoods, can impact on our health and wellbeing. It is therefore important that the rules of our residential zones encourage quality development.
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