Background Information

Essentially the planning ‘rulebook’, the District Plan is a statutory document that provides the rules for how people can build on or develop land, whether it is residential, commercial or rural. Its main goal is tosustainably manage the District’s natural and physical resources to meet the needs of current and future generations.

The new District Plan will be ‘activity’ based and provide clarity about what can and cannot be done in our District, and where, offering greater certainty to the Council and community.

You may wonder how the District Plan relates to you and why we want your feedback to inform the Waimakariri District Plan Review. Here’s a rundown of why we have a District Plan and why your view is so important.

Every 10 years, Council has to review the District Plan – this doesn’t mean starting a new District Plan from scratch – but it provides an opportunity to reconsider the current District Plan and update this in line with any new regulations and the Resource Management Act (RMA) 1991.

The District Plan covers a wide range of topics, from the maintenance of indigenous biodiversity to detailing the level of noise permitted in a particular area.

Our new District Plan won't be the same as the old one because essential changes need to occur in order for us to meet statutory requirements such as the National Planning Standards, and respond to feedback received through our Issues and Options and District Development Strategy (DDS) consultations in 2017/2018, as well as the feedback we are asking of you now.