District Plan Review
What is the District Plan?
Our district plan sets out the vision for the environment in which we, as Hastings residents want to live.
It does this through rules on land use and subdivision; these rules ensure that the effects of activities on neighbours and the environment are considered.
The district plan can also have an affect on what you do on your property.
Why is the plan being reviewed?
The plan is being reviewed to meet Resource Management Act requirements and importantly, to give you a chance to respond and provide input on the changes happening in our community.
The following diagram shows the various steps involved in the process of reviewing the district plan. To the side of the diagram is a timeline for the various stages. This is indicative only. It culminates in the reviewed plan being notified around September 2013.
The particular part of the review process currently being conducted is highlighted on the diagram.
We've just launched the Reviewed Hastings District Plan for your review and feedback. Submissions close 5pm, Friday 31 May 2013.
Natural Areas discussion document
We are seeking your views on the natural areas of our district. The original plan for the management of these areas was released in 1997 and much has changed since then.
We are looking at the issues that could affect the management of our landscapes, river reserves, lakes, wetlands, our native vegetation and the natural character of our coast.
We want to hear what you think, so head to www.myvoicemychoice.co.nz to let us know.
Feedback closes 29 February 2012.
Rural discussion document
- Rural Discussion Document (PDF 1.4MB)
- Summary of submissions - Rural Discussion Document (PDF 93kB)
Urban discussion document
- Summary urban issues discussion document (PDF 930kB)
- Full urban issues discussion document (PDF 1.54MB)
- Summary of submissions on urban issues discussion document (PDF 45kB)
After the issues have been identified a range of options for addressing the issues will be worked through. These will be discussed with a Reference Group and a preferred option will be arrived at. The group has been established to ensure that a wide range of stakeholders are represented.
Following the identification of the preferred option changes to the district plan will be made and a draft document will be released and informal submissions will be invited.
The maps shown below identify the three areas upon which the discussion documents have been based. There are some exceptions in each of the areas identified. As an example some of the larger settlements within the rural environment are not included. This includes the settlements of Clive, Whakatu, Bridge Pa, Omahu and Paki Paki. Coastal settlements including Waimarama, Te Awanga and Haumoana are also not included.
While the maps show the district being split into 3 different environments this is only for the section of the review where issues are identified. Beyond this the review will deal with the plan as a whole.
The Council has undertaken a number of changes to the district plan. Links are provided to the most recent Council initiated plan changes :
- Plan Change 46 – Land Use Rules in the Plains Zone – operative 22 February 2010
- Plan Change 47 – Waahi Tapu Review – operative 14 May 2010
- Plan Change 49 – Subdivision in the Rural Zone – operative 20 December 2010
- Plan Change 50 – Irongate Industrial Zone – under appeal
- Plan Change 51 – Heritage Items and Trees – operative 20 December 2010
We need to know your views as we look to the future of Hastings and what things you think we could manage better. So if you have any concerns, ideas or comments we want to hear from you, now is the time to influence how our urban areas will be managed in future.
To have your say on the urban issues discussion document you can:
- Email us directly with your ideas
- Or you can write in with your comments on a particular issue
Hastings District Council
Private Bag 9002
The comments received will be considered before a draft District Plan is publicly consulted on.
For more Information on the District Plan review please contact :
Hastings District Council Private Bag 9002
PH: (06) 871 5000
Fax (06) 878 0515