What is a District Plan?
District Councils are required to prepare a District Plan under the RMA 1991. The District Plan sets out the objectives and policies that manages the physical and natural environment of the district. With a framework that guides how the district’s land and resources can be used, developed or protected, in order to avoid or lessen the impact of any adverse effects.
The District Plan controls the way land is used, developed, protected and subdivided in South Taranaki and to ensure that land use and subdivision in the South Taranaki District are sustainably managed.
See the 2004 District Plan downloads below.
The District Plan review process
Councils are required to review the provisions of the District Plan every ten years. Council started the review process of the operative South Taranaki District Plan (2004) in December 2014. The outcome of the review was a Proposed District Plan that was released for submissions in August 2015 and for further submissions in January 2016. The Council’s Proposed District Plan Hearings Panel has carefully considered the matters raised in the submissions and has heard from many of the submitters. The Council has one outstanding appeal to finalise before the proposed South Taranaki District Plan (2015) will become the operative District Plan.
The Proposed District Plan
There are several differences between the new Plan and the 2004 Plan. Some of the key ones are summarised briefly below;
- Providing for higher density housing near Hāwera’s Central Business District;
- The creation of a new Township Zone for the district’s small towns;
- Introduction of a minimum lot size and minimum balance area for rural subdivision;
- Two new Rural-Industrial Zones;
- New simplified provisions for controlling Hazardous Substances;
- Specific provisions to incentivize renewable energy generation activities;
- New provisions to manage indigenous vegetation removal in wetlands, some new Significant Natural Areas and a smaller maximum area for indigenous forest removal;
- The Coastal Protection Area has been redefined based on a Natural Character Assessment and the list of activities controlled has been refined;
- New areas of Outstanding Natural Character, Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Outstanding Natural Features have been identified;
- A Waitotara Flood Hazard Area to ensure development in flood-prone areas is safe;
- Specific provisions for short-term events that happen infrequently
Most of the Proposed District Plan rules now apply. Certain rules were effective immediately from the date of notification of the Proposed District Plan (15 August 2015). There are some Proposed District Plan rules that do not have legal effect as they are part of an ongoing appeal; these are primarily relate to petroleum activities and hazardous substances and the rules within the Operative District Plan (2004) apply for these activities. Most applications for Resource Consent will be considered under the Proposed District Plan.
|Section 1||Introduction and Definitions||Purpose of the District Plan, Statutory requirements of the Plan, Structure of District Plan, Categories of Activities, How to use the District Plan, Cross referencing table, Monitoring, Designations, Plan interpretation and definitions, General rules of interpretation, Definitions|
|Section 2||Objectives and Policies||Rural Zone, Residential Zone, Township Zone, Commercial Zone, Industrial Zone, Rural Industrial Zone, Transportation, Hazardous substances and contaminated land, Energy, Network utilities, Historic heritage, Notable trees, Tangata whenua, Integrated land use and infrastructure planning ,urban growth and financial contributions, Coastal environment, Natural features and landscapes, Indigenous biodiversity, Waterbodies, Natural hazards, Temporary activities, Relocated buildings, Signs|
|Section 3||Rural Zone Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards - permitted activities, Rural zone appendix 1|
|Section 4||Residential Zone Rules||Categories of activities, performance standards - permitted activities, Performance standards - restricted discretionary activities, Residential zone appendix 1|
|Section 5||Township Zone Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards - permitted activities|
|Section 6||Commercial Zone Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards - permitted activities|
|Section 7||Industrial Zone Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards - permitted activities, Performance standards - discretionary activities, Industrial zone appendices|
|Section 8||Rural Industrial Zone Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards - permitted activities, Rural industrial zone appendices|
|Section 9||Subdivision and Development Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards, Subdivision and development appendix 1 - structure plans|
|Section 10||Parking and Transportation Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards - roads and access ways, vehicle crossings, railway, parking, loading spaces, tree planting, restricted discretionary activities, Parking and transportation appendices|
|Section 11||Noise Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards - permitted activities, Nosie appendix 1|
|Section 12||Hazardous Substances Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards - permitted activities, Hazardous substances appendix 1|
|Section 13||Energy Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards - permitted activities, Energy appendix 1|
|Section 14||Network Utilities Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards - permitted acitivities|
|Section 15||Heritage Protection Rules||Categories of activities|
|Section 16||Financial Contribution Rules||General, Recreation and civic development contributions, Roads and access contributions, Water supply contributions, Sanitary drainage and trade waste disposal contributions, Stormwater drainage contributions, Heavy vehicle traffic contributions, parking contributions|
|Section 17||Natural Environment Rules||Categories of activities, Natural environment appendix 1, Natural environment appendix 2|
|Section 18||District Wide Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards - permitted activities, District wide rules appendix 1, District wide rules appendix 2|
|Section 19||Sign Rules||Categories of activities, Performance standards - permitted activities, Performance standards - restricted discretionary actibvities|
|Section 20||Resource Consent Information Requirements and Assessment Matters||Land use consents, Subdivision consents, Administration requirements, Cross boundary matters, Assessment matters|
|Schedule 1||Historic heritage and sites of significance to Tangata whenua|
|Schedule 2||Significant natural areas|
|Schedule 4||Notable trees|
|Schedule 5||Significant Waterbodies|
|Schedule 6||Regionally significant Wetlands|
|Schedule 8||Outstanding natural features/landscapes and areas of outstanding natural character|
Hāwera aerodrome protection area
|Appendix 2||Ngāti Ruanui statutory acknowledgement|
|Appendix 3||Ngā Rauru statutory acknowledgement|