Any Council Plan Change or Private Plan Change decision, including Rules, has legal effect from the date of notification and the District Plan is deemed amended in accordance with the decisions. Please refer to the Public Notices for the status of any changes or decisions issued.
The online version of the District Plan will not be updated until these plan changes are made operative, therefore the online version of the District Plan should be read in conjunction with the decision on all plan changes.
A plan change is a formal process under the Resource Management Act 1991 to change one or more provisions of the District Plan, including the objectives, policies, rules or zoning of land.
Plan changes can be privately or Council initiated and typically follow a similar process of assessment and public notification before decisions are made.
Private plan change requests are subject to a number of steps under the Resource Management Act 1991. These include:
- Any further information requests
- An assessment to accept, reject, adopt or modify the change (with the applicant's permission)
- The public notification procedure (submissions and further submissions)
- The hearing of submissions
- The formal decision-making.
Depending on the complexity of the change and the issues it addresses, the process can take up to two years. The applicant or any other person party to the plan change can appeal the decision to the Environment Court if they're not satisfied with Council's decision (or independent commissioner(s) appointed by the Council).
Project Advisory Group (PAG) Service
If you are thinking of lodging a private plan change, the Council offers a Project Advisory Group (PAG) service. This is where private plan change proponents can meet with Council staff at an early stage to discuss key details and requirements related to a proposed development or private plan change. To request a 'PAG' simply email email@example.com.
Archived Private Plan Changes and related documents can be found here.