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.
The Government is working through a process to reform the primary legislation that manages resources in Aotearoa New Zealand, the Resource Management Act (RMA) 1991. Alongside a series of, National Policy Statements, the RMA has been replaced by two new Acts, the Natural and Built Environment Act 2023 and the Spatial Planning Act 2023.
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.
Housing demand has increased significantly across New Zealand, including in Napier, and we need to provide a range of housing types to meet the needs of our communities. Enabling high density development in close proximity to the City Centre and to Taradale Town Centre provides an opportunity for vibrant, urban terraced and apartment living opportunities in Napier.
Napier’s Structure Plan contributes to the long-term spatial planning for our city development. It provides a big-picture approach to growth and approach to planning we have for the future. The Spatial Picture demonstrates the potential constraints, opportunities and expansion zones.
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.
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.
This special zone applies to the southernmost area of land adjacent to Te Whanganui-a-Orotū (Ahuriri Estuary). The land was uplifted in the 1931 earthquake, and then subsequently reclaimed through successive years of drainage. This site is known as Lagoon Farm and is farmed by Napier City Council. It is bounded to the west by the Taipo stream, Prebensen Drive to the south and to the east by the Expressway.
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