District Plan changes


The District Plan is periodically reviewed and updated through a process known as a plan change. Changes to the plan may be initiated by the council or by individuals.

A proposed plan change must be publicly notified, and there is then the opportunity to make a submission (during the first phase) and then a further submission (during the second phase) on the proposal.

Current plan changes

This table contains information on current plan changes and where they are in the process.

 Plan change and description Status 
 J: Massey University Turitea Historic Area   Further submissions closed in March 2022
 Whiskey Creek Residential Area  A hearing will be held in early June 
 F: Ashhurst Growth Areas  The preconsultation process has closed. The plan change will be notified mid-2022
 Kākātangiata Urban Growth Area  The plan change will be notified in late 2022
 Aokautere Draft Structure Plan  We're making iterations to the plan and aim to notify mid-2022
 Private Plan Change B: Pioneer City West  Further submissions closed in November 2013


Private plan changes

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) allows anyone to seek changes to the District Plans through a request for a private plan change. The process for the Council to follow in dealing with private plan change requests is prescribed in the Resource Management Act 1991.

The private plan change process can be used to change any provision (or introduce new provisions) in the District Plan.

The Ministry for the Environment provides further information on the private plan change process, including when to use a private plan change request, timing and costs, and the process involved for both the applicant and Council.

There are currently 2 private plan change requests before Council:

Plan change history

The following table provides information about recent plan changes that have been made operative. Operative plan changes have been formally adopted as part of the District Plan. There is no further opportunity for public submissions on these changes. Each link contains further information about the plan change and any relevant documents available to view.

Plan change name and description   Status
 A: Removed alcohol sales from District Plan  Operative
 B: Rezoned land along Napier Road to provide more housing capacity  Plan Change B became operative in April 2021
 C: Rezoned a new area to the west of the city to enable more housing Operative
 D: Introduced mandatory requirements for pressure sewer systems  Plan Change D became operative in March 2021


Sectional District Plan Review

Council completed the Sectional District Plan Review in May 2019.

For information on any of these plan changes, please email kath.olliver@pncc.govt.nz

Plan Change 1 – Inner and Outer Business Zones
Plan Change 2 – Cliff Protection Area
Plan Change 3 – General Introduction
Plan Change 4 – Zoning Anomalies
Plan Change 5 – Local Business Zone
Plan Change 6 – Whakarongo Residential Area
Plan Change 7 – Roading Hierarchy
Plan Change 8 – City View Issues and Objectives
Plan Change 9 – Industrial Zone
Plan Change 10 – Designations
Plan Change 11 – Institutional Zone
Plan Change 13 - Cultural and Natural Heritage
Plan Change 15A-H – Rural Zone and Subdivision, Boundary Change Area, NEIZ, Braeburn Industrial Area, Utilities and Airport Zone
Plan Change 16 – Tangata Whenua and Resource Management Section
Plan Change 17 – Hazardous Substances
Plan Change 19 – Caccia Birch
Plan Change 20 – Residential Zone and Subdivision
Plan Change 21 – Recreation
Plan Change 22A-G – Omnibus – (including Noise, Signs and Transportation)
Plan Change 23 – Hokowhitu Residential Area
Private Plan Change A – Pacific Drive Landscape Provisions