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About District PlanMahere tiaki i ngā rawa me te whenua ā-rohe

Every Council must have a comprehensive District Plan. It shows what activities and development can and cannot happen in different areas across the district.

The Resource Management Act 1991 requires councils to have a District Plan to manage the physical and natural environment. The plan guides how the district’s land and resources can be used, developed or protected, in order to avoid or lessen the impact of any adverse effects.  It sets out the rules and standards for land uses in Hastings District.

If a proposed project does not meet these rules and standards, a Resource Consent is required. To find out more, contact Council’s duty planner.

Councils are required to review their District Plan every 10 years.  Hastings District Council has been working through this review process.  At the February 2020 Council meeting, a resolution was passed to make the Proposed District Plan ‘Operative in Part’ (2015 decisions version with amendments in accordance with Environment Court consent orders).  The exception relates to Section 16.1 – Wāhi Taonga District Wide Activity.  The Hastings District Plan is now operative (with the exception of Section 16.1) and can be accessed by following the ePlan link below.  Section 16.1 has legal effect but is not yet operative due to an Environment Court appeal, and the 2003 District Plan may still be relevant when applying that section. Refer to 2003 District Plan


The Hastings District Plan is available as an ePlan; providing users with a web-based interactive easy to use format.  It can be used on most devices using Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera browsers.  Viewing on your phone is not ideal.

View ePlan

Type in an address, or find the property on a map, and ePlan will automatically pull out what you need to know.

The ePlan has a wide variety of features:

  • a map-based interface
  • allows users to view the parts of the plan that are specific to a particular property
  • provides information on any variations or appeals that apply to a site
  • links that allow users to jump between references in the plan
  • allows users to click on highlighted words to see their legal meaning
  • a property summary which shows features in the District Plan that apply to a site (such as hazards or heritage features)

If you have any questions queries or feedback, or have difficulty accessing the plan, please email the Policy Team.


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