A plan change involves changes to an Operative District Plan. The District Plan is reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis for a number of reasons such as to re-zone land or to make amendments to rules. This is because communities might identify a need for changes to how their towns are developing and so, for example, land-use restrictions might change.
District Plan changes can be initiated by the Council or members of the public (private plan change) and involves a process requiring research, evaluation and consultation with the community. For many reasons, some topics for a plan change may not go beyond a research phase.
Once a decision has been made to notify a plan change it must follow a statutory process under the Resource Management Act 1991 unless it is withdrawn. It must also be accompanied by an evaluation report setting out such matters as costs/benefits, alternatives considered and whether it would conflict with other documents such as National Policy Statements and the Regional Policy Statement.
If a plan change has been notified and a decision is made later to withdraw the plan change, the Council must publish a public notice stating that a plan change has been withdrawn and give reasons as to why it has been withdrawn.
All the District Plan change now in progress are listed here.
|PPC3||Private Plan Change 3: North City Developments||Decision released 26 May 2017.|
|PC4||Proposed Plan Change 4: Fire Safety Rules (Land Use)||Further submissions have closed.|
|PPC1||Private Plan Change 1: Li Liangren Family Trust||The decision on Private Plan Change 1, an application by Li Liangren Family Trust to rezone part of Lot 1 DP403278 at Tinopai from Rural (Harbour Overlay) to Residential (Harbour Overlay), was declined. The decision was publicly notified on 01 July 2016. The period to appeal the decision to the Environment Court has closed. There were no appeals lodged.|
|PC2||Proposed Plan Change 2: Fire Safety||Withdrawn. Council resolved to withdraw Plan Change 2 on 26 September 2016.|