Proposed Hastings District Plan
Hastings District Council is currently reviewing the Hastings District Plan, which sets out the strategic direction and rules that manage land uses and subdivision in the Hastings District.
All local councils are required to review their district plan every 10 years under the Resource Management Act
You are encouraged to make your submission online. There are easy-to-follow instructions along the way. Download the online help guide (PDF 826 KB)
Alternatively, download a WORD version of the Submission Form (215 KB)
Submissions close 5pm, Friday 14 February 2014. If you wish, come in and see us at the Hastings District Council, 207 Lyndon Road East, Hastings, Monday to Friday 8am-5pm, phone 871 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your submission.
You can also pick up a hard copy of the submission form and view the Proposed Hastings District Plan at any Hastings District Library
All decisions requested by submissions will be summarised and released in calling for further submissions in April 2014. Further submissions allow changes requested in the original submissions to be supported or opposed.
All submissions will then be considered by appointed commissioners from our Council's District Plan Hearings Committee. Separate hearings will be held for submissions on each section of the Plan.
After considering the submissions, the appointed commissioners will make recommendations to the full Council, which will make the final decisions on whether to accept or reject, in full or in part, the changes to the Plan requested by submissions.
Following the release of decisions, you have the right to appeal to the Environment Court
Key parts of the Plan
- Each place will now have a tailor-made set of rules that take into account the unique qualities of that place instead of having a general set of rules across the whole Hastings District. This is referred to as “place based planning”
- Residential character zones in Hastings (142 KB) and Havelock North (169 KB) recognise areas of high character and amenity value and have rules to protect these attributes
- The creation of zones in Flaxmere ( 876 KB) to enhance the residential and Village Centre environments
- Residential zones in Haumoana and Te Awanga (271 KB) tailored to these coastal locations
- Stronger rules around building on the Heretaunga Plains (270 KB) to protect the versatility of the soils
- Nature Preservation Zone at Cape Kidnappers and Ocean Beach (207 KB)
- The concept of sustainability which is an integral part of council's vision for the Hastings District
Provisions with immediate effect
Section 86B(3) of the Resource Management Act 1991 states that certain provisions of a Proposed District Plan take immediate effect from the date of notification. This applies where provisions protect or relate to water, air, or soil (for soil conservation); protect areas of significant indigenous vegetation; protect areas of significant habitats of indigenous fauna; protect historic heritage; or provide for or relate to aquaculture activities.
As such, the following provisions of the Proposed Hastings District Plan have immediate effect from 9 November 2013:
Section 18.1 Heritage Items and Notable Trees:
- Objectives, Policies, Rules and Assessment Criteria relating to listed Heritage Items in Appendix 47 and 48 and the Historic Areas listed in Appendix 51
- Provisions relating to Notable Trees that are listed with a ‘H’ classification (trees of historical value) in Appendices 52 and 53
- Section 16.1 Waahi Tapu – all provisions
- Section 7.3 Hastings Commercial Environment - Rules CC-R10-R18 to the extent that assessment criteria 22.214.171.124A, 126.96.36.199L, 188.8.131.52M and 184.108.40.206C are triggered, and then only in the Central Character Precinct
- Section 19.1 Riparian Land Management and Public Access District Wide Activity - Rules RM1, RM2, insofar as assessment criterion 19.1.7 identifies the area as significant
- Section 20.1 Indigenous Vegetation and Habitats of Indigenous Fauna – Rule IN2, Rule IN3. Rule IN1 and IN4, insofar as assessment criterion 20.1.7A identifies the indigenous vegetation or habitat of indigenous fauna as significant
Full District Plan
Full Appendicies (38 MB)
Once submissions close 5pm, Friday 14 February 2014, any provisions of the Proposed Hastings District Plan that have not been submitted against will have legal effect. The remainder of the Proposed District Plan will not have any legal effect until after decisions on submissions are released.