District Plan Review

We're reviewing the current Waimakariri District Plan

The Waimakariri District Plan is currently under review. The Council would like your feedback to help shape the content of the reviewed District Plan as part of its current consultation running until 6 May 2019.

A consultation summary document What’s the Plan? is currently available from all service centres, libraries and here. This looks at many District Plan topics which affect our everyday lives – such as indigenous biodiversity, building, subdivision, transport and commercial and industrial zones.

When the reviewed District Plan is formally notified in mid-2020, the District Plan Review submission process is your detailed and statutory opportunity to submit your view to help our wider community grow and thrive.

Before we get to 2020, we would like you to help us shape the reviewed District Plan. We are eager to hear from you now to help us respond to important matters which will feed into drafting of the reviewed District Plan.

You can provide your feedback online by clicking on the pictures below or use the feedback form in the summary that can be emailed to records@wmk.govt.nz or posted to:

What’s the Plan? Shaping the Content of the Reviewed District Plan
Private Bag 1005
Rangiora 7440

A series of informal drop-ins are being held for those interested in speaking directly with a staff member involved with the District Plan Review:

15 April, 5 - 7pm – Woodend – Woodend Community Centre, Room A & B, 6 School Road, Woodend

17 April, 5 - 7pm – Kaiapoi - Ruataniwha Civic Centre, 176 Williams Street, Kaiapoi

1 May, 5 - 7pm – Oxford – Oxford Town Hall – Main Hall 30 Main Street, Oxford

2 May, 5 - 7pm – Rangiora – Rangiora Town Hall – Function Room 303 High Street, Rangiora

Stay in the know by visiting the District Plan Review project page and follow us on Facebook.

The consultation is open from 8 April – 6 May.  Feedback should reach us by 5pm, 6 May. Have your say by clicking one or more of the pictures below and these will take you through to our feedback forms.

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.