Kaipara District Plan Changes

District Plan Changes

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 (a Private Plan Change). Plan changes involve a process requiring research, evaluation, and consultation with the community. For many reasons, some topics for a plan change may never move beyond the research phase. 

Once a decision has been made to notify a plan change it must follow the statutory process under the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991 (unless it is withdrawn). It must be accompanied by an evaluation report (Section 32 RMA) 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is made later to withdraw the plan change, the Council must publish a Public Notice stating that a plan change has been withdrawn, and give reasons as to why it has been withdrawn. 

A Council has two years from the date of the proposed plan change being notified to publicly notify and release a decision. 

Current District Plan Changes

All the current District Plan Changes are listed below.  




  PC 4

Proposed Plan Change 4: Fire Safety Rules (Land Use)

The appeal by Fire and Emergency New Zealand has been resolved by way of a Court Order. 
A copy of the court order can be found Here

The further appeal period is now completed. Council confirmed to make Plan Change Four operative on Wednesday 18 December 2018

For further understanding how these changes may affect you please refer to the Fire Rule Plan Q&A on this page

Further information can be found on the link to the left of this page. 

   PC National Environment Standard - Plantation Forestry   Plan Change to address National Environmental Standard Plantation Forestry  

Council confirmed at the 25 October 2018 meeting to approve amendments to the Operative District Plan in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry Regulations 2017, in accordance with sections 44A(4), (5) and (6) of the Resource Management Act.

Further information can be viewed here.


Historic Plan Changes






Private Plan Change 1: Li Liangren Family Trust

Decision released 1 July 2017, declining application. No appeals to the Environment Court, matter closed.

 PPC3   Private Plan Change 3: North City Developments   Decision released 26 May 2017, no appeals to the Environment Court, Council resolved to adopt     plan change at 14 August 2017 Council meeting,
  Plan Change made operative 01 October 2017.

PC 2

Proposed Plan Change 2: Fire Safety

Withdrawn. Council resolved to withdraw Plan Change 2 on 26 September 2016.

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The Plan Change Process

The Resource Management Act 1991 sets out the process Council is required to follow. This involves Council initially deciding whether to adopt and proceed with a proposal, then publically notifying the proposed change

Plan Change Process Diagram-702

Other Information

  • Anyone can make a submission to the proposal, either in support or opposition;
  • Submissions are then open for further submissions so people can support or oppose comments made in original submissions – only specific persons may lodge a further submission.  The following persons may make a further submission:
(a)      any person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest; and
(b)      any person that has an interest in the proposed policy statement or plan greater than the interest that the                        general public has; and
(c)      the local authority itself.
  • All submitters can present their submission in person to the Council during a Hearing process;
  • The Hearings Panel decision is publicly notified and appeal rights to the Environment Court are provided for submitters if they do not agree with the decisions that were made;
  • The final step is for the plan change to become operative after the consultation process and/or any appeal process has been completed.
The Ministry for the Environment has made a range of booklets which provide information on the plan change process, including topics such as: 
Getting involved in Council Plans and Plan Preparation Processes
Environment Court of New Zealand


Online requests 

Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 7059
Email: council@kaipara.govt.nz


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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