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A plan change is a change to a District Plan, which is a public process requiring research, evaluation and consultation. A plan change can be initiated by us or by members of the public (private plan change). Examples of possible plan changes include:
The RMA requires the provisions in the District Plan to be reviewed every 10 years. However, it is best practice for the District Plan to be subject to ongoing monitoring and review. We actively monitor the effectiveness of the District Plan and will regularly initiate plan changes to respond to emerging issues.
The RMA outlines the plan change process that we are required to follow. Consultation and community involvement, including pre-consultation, notification, submission and hearing processes, are important steps in the plan change process.
This whole process can take up to two years. During this time there is ongoing monitoring and review.
Prior to the RMA Amendment Act 2009 all proposed plan changes had legal effect from the date of public notification.
As from 1 October 2009 the legal effect of the rules of proposed Plan Changes are now subject to sections 86A to 86G of the RMA.
The status of legal effect of the rules of proposed Plan Changes is stated on the individual plan change pages, and the Plan Changes and Private Plan Changes page.
In addition to the existing rules within the District Plan, resource consent (including subdivision) must be applied for activities that trigger rules with legal effect within proposed Plan Changes, in addition to the existing rules within the District Plan.
The following tips are useful when making submissions. Ensure that you use the appropriate form provided (form 5 or 6) and:
Your submission should not include any issues not relevant to the plan change as these will not be able to be considered by the Council when making its decision. Please note your submission, including your personal information, will be publicly available as part of the Council’s decision-making process.
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Page last updated: 04:38PM Sat 16 October 2021