Council & City

District Plan change: Proposed plan change B

Tuesday November 5 2019

Palmerston North City Council has prepared a proposed change to the Palmerston North City District Plan and is calling for submissions. Pursuant to Clause 5 of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Palmerston North City Council gives notice of proposed plan change B: Napier Road residential extension area.

Please Note: If you are a property owner with tenants or occupiers other than yourself, please ensure the occupiers of your property are made aware of the public notification of Proposed Plan Change B.

Description and scope of proposed plan change B: Napier Road residential extension area

Proposed Plan Change B seeks to rezone land that fronts Napier Road, between Roberts Line and the Napier Road Drain, from Industrial and Rural to Residential Zone. The rezoning will provide additional housing development capacity for the city. An adapted version of the Napier Road Residential Area District Plan provisions will be applied to the rezoned area and will be defined in the District Plan as the Napier Road Residential Extension Area.

The proposed changes are summarised as follows:

Changes to District Plan section 4: Definitions

  • New definitions for Napier Road Residential Extension Area and Permeable Surface

Changes to District Plan section 7: Subdivision

  • An amendment to existing objective 7 to include reference to Napier Road Residential Extension Area, pedestrian and cycle connectivity and stormwater management.
  • Amendments to existing policies 7.1, 7.2, 7.5 and 7.6 to include reference to Napier Road Residential Extension Area
  • A new policy 7.8 to require the use of water sensitive design in the Napier Road Residential Extension Area.
  • A new policy 7.9 to require a comprehensive stormwater management plan for subdivision in the Napier Road Residential Extension Area.
  • A new policy 7.10 to require additional geotechnical investigations for subdivision in the Napier Road Residential Extension Area.
  • A new policy 7.11 to require consent notices related to giving effect to recommendations from technical reports to achieve land stability and water sensitive stormwater designs for subdivision in the Napier Road Residential Extension Area.
  • New performance standards, matters of discretion and assessment criteria related to development in the proposed Napier Road Residential Extension Area.

Changes to District Plan section 10: Residential zone

  • An amendment to existing objective 8 to include reference to Napier Road Residential Extension Area, reverse sensitivity related to the railway line, and to ensure development creates a high quality and diverse living environment.
  • Amendments to existing policies 8.1, 8.3 and 8.5 to include reference to Napier Road Residential Area
  • Amendment to existing policy 8.2 to include reference to the Napier Road Residential Extension Area
  • An amendment to existing Policy 8.7 to control the location of buildings in relation to the escarpment and oxbow to protect against natural hazard risks.
  • A new policy 8.8 to manage development outcomes in the Napier Road Residential Extension Area.
  • An amendment to Rule 10.6.1.1(d) to restrict site coverage to 30% to and include reference to Napier Road Residential Extension Area, and to restrict development to one dwelling.
  • An amendment to Rule 10.6.1.3 to include reference to Napier Road Residential Extension Area and to introduce minimum floor height requirements.
  • An amendment to Rule 10.6.1.4 to include reference to Napier Road Residential Extension Area and new associated performance standards for fencing, separation distances, flood hazards, permeable surfaces, active frontage and oxbow lagoon landscaping.
  • An amendment to Rule 10.6.3.1 to include restricted discretionary consent references associated with deviations from the proposed Napier Road Residential Extension Area permitted performance standards and structure plan.
  • A new rule 10.7.1.11 to enable the ongoing operation of the Garden Centre at 261 Napier Road once the
    site is rezoned to Residential.
  • A new rule 10.7.4.12 to enable commercial or non-residential activities to establish in the Napier Road Residential Extension Area via a Discretionary Activity.

Changes to District Plan section 12: Industrial

  • The deletion of the Napier Road Industrial Precinct provisions.
  • A new performance standard under Rule 12.8.1 Noise to exclude Rule 12.8.1 from applying to land on the upper terrace within the Napier Road Residential Extension Area.

Enquiries about proposed plan change B

Enquiries about proposed plan change B can be made to Michael Duindam, Senior Planner, on phone 06 356 8199 or email Michael.Duindam@pncc.govt.nz

Viewing proposed plan change B

Proposed plan change B is available for viewing at the following offices when these offices are open to the public:

  • Customer Service Centre, Palmerston North City Council, Civic Administration Building, The Square, Palmerston North
  • Palmerston North Central Library, (2nd Floor, NZ Pacific Islands Zone), The Square, Palmerston North
  • Roslyn Library (Vogel Street), Awapuni Library (College Street), Te Pātikitiki (Highbury Avenue), Palmerston North
  • Ashhurst Library, corner Cambridge Avenue and Bamfield Street, Ashhurst
  • Mobile Library
  • Linton Army Camp Library, Puttick Road, Linton.

All information, factsheets and submission forms are also available on the Council’s website: pncc.govt.nz/planchangeb.

Making submissions to proposed plan change B

Anyone may make a submission on proposed plan change B to the Palmerston North City District Plan.

Submissions must be in writing on the form prescribed (Form 5) in the Resource Management (Forms) Regulations 2003 or similar, including submissions via email. Submissions lodged by email do not require a signature. The closing date for submissions to proposed plan change B is 4pm, Wednesday 4 December 2019. Submission
forms are available at the above offices or can be downloaded from the Council website and must be lodged with the Council by one of the following options:

Posted to: 
Democracy Support Officer 
Strategy & Planning 
Palmerston North City Council 
Private Bag 11-034
Palmerston North

Delivered to:
Democracy Support Officer
Strategy & Planning
c/- Customer Service Centre
Palmerston North City Council
Palmerston North

Emailed to: submission@pncc.govt.nz

Once the closing date for submissions has passed, all submissions received will be summarised and made available to the public. Anyone wishing to support or oppose any of these submissions can do so. Council will then hold a hearing for the Plan Change to consider submissions that have been lodged and issue decisions on the matters raised. Anyone who has made a submission and indicated that they wish to be heard can attend the hearing and present their submission. On receiving notice of a decision on their submission, any submitter who disagrees with or is dissatisfied with the decision made may refer the decision to the Environment Court for further consideration.