A district plan is a document that outlines how land can be used and developed in a specific district. It provides a framework for decision-making around resource management issues and ensures that any development is in line with the community’s values, goals, and aspirations.
Each district in New Zealand has its own district plan, which is created by the local council in consultation with the community, stakeholders, and other government agencies. The plan is reviewed every 10 years to ensure it remains relevant and up to date.
What does the district plan include?
The district plan includes rules, policies, and objectives that guide decision-making around resource management issues.
- It covers a range of topics, including:
- Land use: the types of activities that are allowed in different areas, such as residential, commercial, or industrial.
- Natural hazards: how to manage risks associated with natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, and landslides.
- Environment: how to protect and enhance the natural environment, including waterways, vegetation, and wildlife.
- Transport: how to manage transport issues, including parking, public transport, and cycling.
Heritage: how to protect and conserve the district’s heritage and cultural values.
Why is the district plan important?
The district plan is an essential tool for ensuring that development and growth in the district are managed in a way that benefits the community and the environment. It provides a clear set of rules and guidelines for developers, landowners, and decision-makers, which helps to ensure that any development is sustainable and in line with the community’s values and aspirations.
The district plan also provides a platform for the community to have a say in how the district is developed and managed. By being involved in the development of the district plan, community members can help to shape the future of their district and ensure that it remains a great place to live, work, and visit.