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Variations to District Plans

A variation is a proposed change to a Proposed District Plan that is prepared by a council.

Does a variation have legal effect when considering an application for a Resource Consent?

Clause 16B(2) First Schedule of the Resource Management Act (RMA) provides that a variation has some effect on notification.

Case law based on that clause of the RMA confirms that the correct approach is:

  • That the Proposed District Plan provisions are disregarded, regardless of what stage they are at;
  • That the variation is afforded weight according to how far through the RMA process it is (for instance, if it has just been notified and awaiting submissions, minimal weight is applied; if a decision has been made, the variation is afforded closer to equal weight to the Operative Plan etc);
  • That the Operative District Plan is applied and given less weight as the variation moves through the process.

Active and completed variations

Variation No Nature of Variation Status Parts of the plan affected

Omahu Road Variation and NoR

Hastings District Council has completed a variation to rezone land on the northern side of Omahu Road to allow industrial activity.

The rezoning means that some 63 hectares of land is now available for industrial land use. 

  • Date Notified: 21 May 2016
  • Submissions on Variation 1 and NoR closed:Mon 20 June 2016
  • Further submissions closed 5pm, 29 July 2016
  • Hearing held 1 Dec 2016
  • Decisions notified 25 March 2017
  • Appeal Period (variation) ends 10 May 2017
  • Variation appealed by Navilluso Holdings, Tumu Timbers, Carrfields Investments & M Walmsley ENV-2017-WLG-000046 (pdf 505 KB)
  • Appeal settled and Variation 1 is now operative
  • Section 2.9
  • Section 14.1
  • Section 30.1
  • Section 6.2
  • Appendices 17, 36 and 66
  • Planning Maps and Legend

Irongate Industrial Variation

Hastings District Council has completed a variation to rezone land on the western outskirts of Hastings for industrial activity.

The rezoning means that some 118 hectares of land is now available for industrial use (dry industries).

  • Date Notified: 16 July 2016
  • Submissions closed:  Fri 12 Aug 2016
  • Further submissions closed 24th September 2016
  • Hearing held 2 Dec 2016.
  • Decisions notified 25 March 2017
  • Appeal Period ends 10 May 2017
  • Variation appealed by Bayley & Others ENV-2017-WLG-000045 (pdf 380 KB)
  • Appeal settled and Variation 2 now operative 24 January 2018
  • Planning Maps
  • Appendix 16
  • Appendix 26
  • Section 2.9
  • Section 6.2
  • Section 14.1
  • Section 26.1
  • Section 28.1
  • Section 30.1
  • Section 33.1

Howard Street Residential Variation

The proposal is to rezone 21.2 hectares of land from its current Plains Production Zone to General Residential Zone in between Howard St and Havelock Rd and adjoining the existing residential land on the southern side of Hastings city.


  • Date Notified: 16 July 2016
  • Submissions closed:  Fri 12 Aug 2016
  • Further submissions closed 16th September 2016
  • Hearing held 16 Dec 2016
  • Decisions notified 25 March 2017
  • Appeal Period ends 10 May 2017
  • Rezoning operative but appeal lodged by K. Cooper pertaining to storm-water management ENV-2017-WLG-44 (pdf 8950 KB)
  • Appeal Settled and Variation 3 now operative 13 March 2019
  • Designation for Road (RMA20180376) relating to rezoning area granted (D162)

  • Planning Maps
  • Appendix 80
  • Section 2.4
  • Section 7.2
  • Section 25.1
  • Section 26.1
  • Section 30.1

Iona Residential Rezoning

The rezoning of land in Iona, Havelock North, from rural to residential has been completed.



  • Date Notified: 6 April 2018
  • Submissions close: 4 May 2018
  • The rezoning now has full effect (from 19 September 2018) and means that some 55 hectares of land is available for residential development.

Inner City Living

Enabling inner city living in the upper floors of buildings in the Hasting Central Commercial zone.

View documents:


  • Date Notified: 22 November 2018
  • Submissions closed: 19 December 2018
  • Further submissions closed: 1 February 2019
  • Hearing held: 25 March 2019
  • Decisions notified: 15 June 2019
  • Appeal period ends: 26 July 2019
  • Section 7.3 Central Commercial Zone;
  • Section 18.1 Heritage Items and Notable Trees; and
  • Section 26.1 Transport and Parking

Amendments to Heritage Provisions

Hastings District Council has prepared a summary of submissions on Variation 6.

The variation amendments seek to add Vidal House as a heritage item in Appendix 49 Heritage Buildings in the Te Mata Special Character Zone. Built in 1908, this house is located in Havelock North and was reputedly designed by William Rush. It was purchased by the Vidal family in 1937. Variation 6 also seeks to clarify the permitted activity status of internal alterations to heritage buildings in the Te Mata Special Character Zone (listed in Appendix 49).

It is recommended that this variation is read in conjunction with the section 32 evaluation report and the following supporting documents.

  • Date Notified: 22 November 2018
  • Submissions closed: 19 December 2018
  • Date Summary of Submissions Notified: 19 January 2019
  • Further Submissions closed: 1 February 2019
  • Decision Notified: 2 March 2019 (Variation 6 Public Notice)
  • Appeal period ends: 12th April 2019

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