District Plan Review

What’s The Plan for the Waimakariri District?

The Proposed District Plan is due to be notified mid-2021. And we want your input for the future of the Waimakariri District.

About the Proposed Waimakariri District Plan

A District Plan is essentially a 10-year ‘rule book’ that sets district-wide rules for sustainably managing how people use, subdivide and develop land, what and where they can build and also what kind of activities they can undertake. The plan also controls any adverse effects an activity could have on the neighbourhood. The District Plan protects our district by looking after our heritage, cultural values, outstanding landscapes and coastal environment.

Following consultation with our residents with the District Plan Review, Council is set to release our Proposed District Plan mid-2021, and you have the opportunity to have your thoughts heard following its release.

Why is the current District Plan being reviewed?

The Waimakariri District is one of the fastest growing districts in New Zealand. Up to 15,000 houses may be needed to accommodate population change over the next 30 years, together with business, infrastructure and public facility requirements.

We need to ensure growth is well planned, integrated and sustainable. The Proposed District Plan will provide strategic policies in order to cater for the expected growth of our district, whilst ensuring our natural landscape, production and cultural aspects are cared for and preserved for future generations to enjoy for years to come.

How does it affect me?

A District Plan impacts on almost everything you do across our district, and how you do it. It makes clear what activities you can do and what activities you, or your neighbour, will need a resource consent for.

In addition to regulating what you can or cannot do on a property, the District Plan also controls any adverse effects your activity could have on the neighbours and vice versa. For example, how much noise you can make or how close to a boundary you can build your house.

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It also looks after our cultural and historic heritage, and natural environment and biodiversity, to ensure our district retains its unique characteristics for our future generations.

We encourage you to view your property and any changes that affect you on the Proposed District Plan. You can do so, once the plan is notified, via the ePlan on Waimakariri District Council’s website.

How can I make a submission?

It’s important you have your say. Before you decide to make a submission, you need to understand what the Proposed District Plan involves and how it might affect you.

Anyone can make a submission once the Plan has been notified on the Proposed Waimakariri District Plan by using one of the following options:

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  • Complete an online submission form from the Waimakariri District Council website
  • Download a PDF submission form and email or post it to the Waimakariri District Council
  • Deliver it to a Council service centre in Rangiora, Kaiapoi or Oxford
  • Pick up a hard copy submission form at Council libraries and service centres.

Written submissions must be submitted on the Council submission form, or on Form 5 of the Resource Management Act 1991. Your submission must state whether you want to present your views at a Council hearing.

For more information check out ‘How to make a submission’ on the publicly notified Proposed Waimakariri District Plan.

What happens after I have made a submission?

You will receive an automatic email reply acknowledging your submission and providing you with a copy of the submission. Once the submission period closes:

We will prepare a summary of decisions requested by submitters, then publicly notify the availability of this summary and where the summary and full submissions can be inspected

The best way to keep up to date on the submission process is to visit our website, or subscribe to our email Newsletter online.

How can I stay informed?

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On Our Website

Stay up to date on the latest news, and find out more about notification and submission processes here on our website.

Council Email Newsletter

Subscribe to our email list for the latest news.

Consultation Summary Document

After notification of the Proposed Plan residents and stakeholders can check out our consultation summary document, which outlines key proposed changes, and other supporting documents. Physical copies of the consultation summary document and submission forms can be obtained from our Council Service Centres in Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Oxford.

Talk To A Planner sessions

We encourage you to contact us or attend one of the ‘Talk to a Planner’ drop-in sessions around the district. Full details of dates and venues for these sessions will be on our website following notification.

Local media channels

  • Local newspapers and publications
  • Compass FM - 104.9FM.

Have questions?

If you have further questions about the Proposed District Plan and the submission process, please contact us directly. Our planning team will be available during the consultation period to answer any questions you may have.

Phone 0800 965 468 (0800 WMK GOV)

Service Centres:

Rangiora service centre

Address: 215 High Street, Rangiora
Phone: 0800 965 468 (0800 WMK GOV)
Email: office@wmk.govt.nz
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm

Kaiapoi service centre

Address: Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, 176 Williams Street, Kaiapoi
Phone: 0800 965 468 (0800 WMK GOV)
Email: kaiapoi@wmk.govt.nz
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Oxford service centre

Address: 34 Main Street, Oxford
Phone: 0800 965 468 (0800 WMK GOV)
Email: oxford@wmk.govt.nz
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 12 noon (limited services)