Proposed Plan Change G: Aokautere urban growth

This proposed plan change will guide future growth and urban development in Aokautere.

Tell us what you think about our plans for housing and city growth

We're asking your views as part of consultation on our Long-Term Plan 2024-34, which is open for feedback until 9 May.

Development at Aokautere, Ashhurst and Kākātangiata is subject to Council seeking external funding for new infrastructure required to service growth in these areas.

We encourage you to read about what we're proposing and have your say.

Our plans for housing

Our plans for city growth

Proposed Plan Change G was notified on 8 August 2022. It seeks to rezone a new greenfield growth area in Aokautere for residential development and inserts an accompanying structure plan and provisions (objectives, policies, and rules) into the District Plan.

A hearing for this plan change was held in December 2023. 

You can find the hearing agenda and tabled evidence on the hearing page. You can also watch hearing recordings on the page. 

Hearing: Proposed Plan Change G: Aokautere urban growth

Notice of hearing

Minute 1 of independent hearing panel(PDF, 118KB)

Minute 2 of independent hearing panel(PDF, 92KB)

Minute 3 of independent hearing panel(PDF, 81KB)

Minute 4 of independent hearing panel(PDF, 110KB)

Minute 5 of independent hearing panel(PDF, 71KB)

Minute 6 of independent hearing panel(PDF, 75KB)

Minute 7 of independent hearing panel(PDF, 83KB)

Minute 8 of independent hearing panel(PDF, 79KB)

Minute 9 of independent hearing panel(PDF, 79KB)

Minute 10 of independent hearing panel(PDF, 73KB)

In September 2023, a series of pre-hearing meetings took place in Palmerston North City Council.

Pre-hearing meeting report - 26 October 2023(PDF, 3MB)

Some rules take immediate effect

On 25 August 2022 the Council made an application to the Environment Court to make rules in Proposed Plan Change G take immediate legal effect, pursuant to section 86D of the Resource Management Act 1991. The Environment Court issued a decision on 25 October 2022 granting the Council's application and ordering the rules to have legal effect from the decision date.

Note, the Operative District Plan has been amended to include the rules that have immediate legal effect.

Environment Court decision(PDF, 334KB)

Notice of amendments to the District Plan

Submissions and further submissions

The first stage of the submission process took place throughout August 2022. We received 107 submissions in total. Copies of the original submissions and a summary of the decisions requested are now available. 

Submissions on Proposed Plan Change G: 1 to 57(PDF, 42MB)

Submissions on Proposed Plan Change G: 58 to 107(PDF, 46MB)

Summary of decisions requested from original submissions(PDF, 2MB)

We have also received 5 further submissions. These are for or against points raised in the original submissions.

FS 1 - Palmerston North City Council(PDF, 529KB)

FS 2 - Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency(PDF, 350KB)

FS 3 - Rosemary & Anthony Gear(PDF, 678KB)

FS 4 - Brett Guthrie(PDF, 2MB)

FS 5 - Heritage Estates 2000 Ltd(PDF, 549KB)