Spatial Plans

What are Spatial Plans?

Spatial plans set out how you want your town and/or district to look in the future. It takes a long term and bird’s eye view of the District.

Our Spatial Plan

Our spatial plans will provide a broad strategic direction for investment in the District and enable the aspirations of our current and future residents, business operators, community groups and Mana Whenua are appropriately planned for.

The Spatial Plan will provide strategic direction for our District Plan review and our Infrastructure Strategy.  It will enable our District Plan to focus on our current issues and our future needs.  This holistic approach will be vision driven, rather than following a set of rigid rules that are less able to accommodate future situations in our environment.

It will be a 'living document', which means it will be updated with future information such as our response to sea level.

Kaipara District Spatial Plan – Ngā Wawata 2050- Our Aspirations

This Spatial Plan stitches together the spatial planning and economic development projects in the District. It identifies the elements that influence how we develop and manage the district’s physical environment.  The  Key Urban 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. 

Detailed Key Urban Area Spatial Plans

The spatial plans for Dargaville, Maungatūroto, Kaiwaka and Mangawhai communities enables sustainable development. This holistic approach will enhance future social, economic, cultural and environmental wellbeing.

Kaipara District has grown quickly in the last five years, driven mainly by rural living subdivisions and sustained growth in the Mangawhai urban area. There has been little infrastructure investment in the key urban areas. 

This effectively pushed residential and industrial activities to the rural areas where it was easier and cheaper to develop. The availability of zoned land for appropriate development in the towns was also not available. The need to manage this growth effectively was identified and the Spatial Plans address this by identifying growth potential.