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District Plan Review

Under the Resource Management Act, a District Plan has to be reviewed every ten years. Review of the District Plan allows communities the opportunity to confirm what we are doing well as Napier grows and what we could do better. The District Plan review is currently underway.

What is a District Plan, and how does it affect me?

The District Plan affects the way you and your neighbours can use and develop your properties. It identifies a range of activities, where they should occur, and regulates activities and development through objectives, policies and rules. The rules in the plan set out what activities you can do as of right (permitted activities) and what activities we need to look at more carefully through a resource consent application. 

Some of the provisions may affect you if you are wanting to build, subdivide or change the use of your land. The rules are intended to support and deliver the vision of our community adopted strategies.

Some common ways the District Plan can affect property owners are:

  • How close to the boundary you can build or extend your house, garage or other buildings
  • Whether or not you can subdivide your property
  • The activities that can occur in an industrial zone
  • What we want our buildings in the city centre to look like and how high they should be
  • Whether there are any ‘special values’ relating to your property (e.g. heritage buildings, landscapes)
  • Whether you can operate a business from your home
  • Rules relating to festivals and events

What is a District Plan review?

Under the Resource Management Act, a District Plan has to be reviewed every ten years.  Review of the District Plan allows communities the opportunity to confirm what we are doing well as Napier grows and what we could do better. The District Plan review is currently underway.

Key outcomes

Before commencing work on the review it is important to decide on what we are trying to achieve for our City. Napier City Council developed defined outcomes. These are outlined in the Napier - Our Home, Our Future video (below) and the key outcomes document.

The District Plan review process

 DPR Process Graphic

 

Pre-engagement (complete)

We undertook pre-engagement on the District Plan direction and key outcomes with the following groups:

  • Members of the public
  • Māori
  • Key external stakeholders

Over 200 feedback forms were received from the general public. We received strong support for each of the six key ‘ideas’

  Outcome Agree     Neutral  Disagree
  Growth in the hills 66% 26% 8%
  Premier Regional Park for Ahuriri Estuary 74% 18% 8%
  City living for a vibrant CBD 67% 24% 8%
  Leveraging our heritage 67% 27% 6%
  Great urban areas 76% 15% 6%
  Regional approach to industry 73% 20% 6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to have received many insightful comments and ideas on how we can work together towards quality outcomes for our city.  Key themes from the feedback have been provided to Councillors, and all comments will be considered as we develop action plans for each of the key ideas.

 

Draft District Plan (underway)

Preparing a draft plan is not a requirement under the Resource Management Act, however Council has made the decision to release a draft plan to ensure members of the public have an opportunity to provide informal feedback on the new direction being set under the District Plan, before the formal submission process begins.  A draft plan is due for release in 2020.

 

Proposed Plan (late 2020 - early 2021)

A proposed District Plan is a legal requirement under the Resource Management Act.  Council is required to formally notify the proposed District Plan, including outlining any changes that have been made and the supporting reasons for these changes.

The public has the opportunity to lodge formal submissions on the proposed plan which are then considered and addressed by Council. A proposed plan is due to be released late 2020 - early 2021.

 

Have your say

You can let us know your views any time during the review process. Or you can request to be added to our newsletter database by emailing us.

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