District Plan

The District Plan sets the rules for how the district’s land can be used, developed and subdivided. A District Plan is a statutory document developed under the Resource Management Act that promotes the sustainable management of our natural and physical resources.

The District Plan affects our current and future environment and controls the scale, form and intensity of development – along with other matters such as noise, earthworks, transport, protecting our natural environment, cultural values, heritage buildings and responses to natural hazards. With this in mind, every development project needs to be assessed against the District Plan to determine whether a resource consent is required.

Resource Consent

Visit our Resource Consent section for more information on what activities require Resource Consent and how to apply.

District Plan Review

We are required by the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) to review our District Plan every 10 years and make sure it is up to date with national policies and regulations that have come into force since the last District Plan was prepared.

The Proposed District Plan was notified on 18 September 2021. The Council will hold public hearings on the submissions received beginning in mid-2023 and running until mid-2024.

Learn more about the Proposed District Plan review.

View the Operative District Plan

The best way to view the operative District Plan is online via the ePlan.

District Plan ODPs/ Road Hierarchy Maps

View the Outline Development Plan (OPD) and Road Hierarchy Maps associated with the District Plan.

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.

More information can be found on the District Plan Changes page.

Get in Touch

The Proposed District Plan is a complex document and we're here to answer any questions that you may have. For assistance please email developmentplanning@wmk.govt.nz or call the Development Planning team on 0800 965 468.

Disclaimer for the Waimakariri District Plan

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that this online version of the District Plan is accurate and up-to-date, it should not be regarded as the definitive version of the District Plan.

In addition, as the Planning Maps use colour to depict zonings and highlight features, they should not be printed without a key also being printed at the same time to avoid misinterpretation of the colours.

Last reviewed date: 20 Oct 2023