District Plan Review

We’re updating the District Plan to ensure it enables economic and residential growth, while protecting the things that make Waimakariri special.

The District Plan sets rules for sustainably managing how people use, subdivide and develop land, what and where they can build and what kind of activities they can undertake. The Plan also controls any adverse effects an activity could have on the neighbourhood and protects the uniqueness of our district by looking after our heritage, cultural values, outstanding landscapes and coastal environment.

Supporting Documents

View S32 Reports, Designations, Notable Trees, Historic Heritage Listings and Submissions relating to the Proposed District Plan.


The formal submission period for the Proposed Waimakariri District Plan closed on 26 November 2021 and the Summary of  submissions can be viewed here.

Requests for individual submissions can be made to developmentplanning@wmk.govt.nz.

Further Submissions

Further submissions were an opportunity for people who represent a relevant aspect of the public interest, or have an interest greater than the general public, to make a further submission on an original submission.

The further submission period for the Proposed Waimakariri District Plan has closed. The Further Submission database is available to download.

The Council will hold public hearings on the submissions received beginning in mid-2023 and running until mid-2024. Following the hearings we will give notice of the Commissioner’s decisions on the Proposed District Plan, Variation 1 and Variation 2 (and matters raised in submissions, including reasons for accepting or rejecting submissions).

After the close of the further submission consultation on the Waimakariri District Plan review on 21 November 2022, the Council has identified several submission points either incorrectly summarised or missed within the original summary of submissions. The Council has corrected these affected submission points.

Variation 1 and Variation 2

In December 2021, the government introduced the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021 (Amendment Act) to amend aspects of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

The Amendment Act requires Councils to introduce Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS) into the Proposed District Plan. It also requires residential areas in the affected townships to be rezoned Medium Density Residential Zone and adopt the MDRS. We've done this by notifying Variation 1 to the Proposed District Plan. Submissions closed on 9 September 2022.

Variation 2 is a variation to the Proposed District Plan in respect to financial contributions. Financial contributions may be collected on resource consents or permitted activities to fund upgrades to infrastructure, such as roading and the supply of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater, or to offset adverse effects on the environment. Submissions on Variation 2 closed on 9 September 2022.

Summary of Submissions on Variation 1 and 2 can be found under Supporting Documents.

View the Proposed District Plan

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

Following the notification of the Proposed District Plan on 18 September 2021 and the subsequent reviewing of submissions, minor errors have been found in the Proposed Plan. The Council is able to correct such errors in the Proposed Plan without public consultation under clause16(2) of the Resource Management Act 1991. To find out more about these minor errors, please read the Council memo.

Public Notice - District Plan Review
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Public Notice - Proposed District Plan, Variation 1 & Variation 2 Further Submissions
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Last reviewed date: 14 Nov 2023