Draft Sub-Regional Spatial Plan

Kaipara District Council engaged AR & Associates and Resilio Studio to prepare a Sub-Regional Spatial Plan for the whole of the Kaipara District.

This is now going out for consultation concurrently with the Mangawhai Structure Plan Review – read more on the the Mangawhai Spatial Plan.

This Spatial Plan stitches together the spatial planning and economic development projects in the District. It identifies the elements that influence the development and management of the physical environment in the district. The completed Spatial Plans for Dargaville, Maungatūroto, Kaiwaka and Mangawhai are supplemented with the development potential of smaller settlements and villages especially along the coast and the Kaipara Harbour.

Several community engagement events were undertaken before Covid-19 pandemic forced the team to change the project methodology and adapt to the changing conditions in New Zealand.  During the lockdown period, the Council and the project team conducted telephone and zoom interviews with local people where they could to try and progress the development of the Sub-Regional Spatial Plan. It is now time to reinvigorate our engagement and provide further opportunity for the Kaipara communities to share their comments on the proposed changes, findings and early insights developed during the lockdown period.

The Sub-Regional Spatial Plan identifies the functionality of the various settlements and towns as:

  • Regional Centre
  • Key Urban Centres
  • Service towns
  • Local village and
  • Rural Hinterland 
  • Coastal Settlements

The Spatial Plan identifies:

  • Transport Links
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Rural Land-use
  • Ecological Networks
  • Land-use capability and uses.

The Spatial Plan divides Kaipara into four areas:

  • North Kaipara
  • Central Kaipara and West Coast
  • Poutō Peninsula
  • Kaipara Harbour

The opinions of the public are being sought on the Sub-Regional Spatial Plan and in particular on the potential development opportunities. The proposals do not indicate what will happen in an area but what the potential   can be for each town, settlement, or village. 

The Sub-Regional Spatial Plan, once adopted, does not change the zone of any property in Kaipara. It will inform the future Kaipara District Plan Review which will be the formal statutory process under the Resource Management Act 1991 to change zoning and land-use in the Kaipara District.

Consultation on the Draft Sub-Regional Spatial Plan was open from 6 July 2020 to 09 August 2020. 

Find out more and provide comments on the Mangawhai Spatial Plan.