Council & City

Plan Change 6

Whakarongo residential area.

Plan Change Status: Complete

Decision 27 May 2013
Commissioner Hearing 30, 31 October 2012
Further Submissions Closed 26 July 2013
Further Submissions Open 11 July 2013
Submissions Closed 21 June 2013
Notified 23 May 2013

Plan Change Summary

Proposed Plan Change 6 can be summarised as:

This proposed Plan Change seeks to implement Council's Residential Growth Strategy within the District Plan through the rezoning of land from Rural to Residential Zone to provide for the short to medium term greenfield residential growth of the City.

The plan change also contains a comprehensive policy framework and structure plan to guide and manage development within what is being introduced as the Whakarongo Residential Area as set out in the Whakarongo Structure Plan.

Intent of Plan Change 6:

  • Implement Council's Residential Growth Strategy (September 2010) and Addendum (September 2012) within the District Plan.
  • Rezone land in the Whakarongo Residential Area (the area of land bounded by James Line, Napier Road, Stoney Creek Road and the southern extent of the Kelvin Grove Cemetery that is wholly located outside of the air noise contours) from Rural to Residential Zone for the purposes of providing for the short to medium term greenfield residential growth of Palmerston North.
  • Introduction of the Whakarongo Residential Area Structure Plan to guide development patterns and layout.
  • Inclusion of a comprehensive policy framework in the District Plan to ensure good urban design outcomes with respect to form, function and layout are achieved.
  • A Restricted Discretionary Activity Status for all subdivision within the Whakarongo Residential Area with associated assessment criteria to ensure these outcomes are achieved and development happens in an appropriate and integrated manner.


The Council publicly notified Proposed Plan Change 6 on 23 May 2013.  

Relevant Documentation 


Submissions closed 4:00pm on 21 June 2013.  Further Submissions closed 4pm 16 August 2014.