District Plan Review
Welcome to Shaping Whakatane the District Plan Review . The major theme of this project is to get ideas and input into the development of a new District Plan. This will help us shape our District, taking into account the pressures and demands on the environment.
Council drew on previous studies, projects, new research and discussion documents to help identify issues, develop options and prepare the Draft District Plan. You can view these documents here:
What is a District Plan?Every district council in New Zealand is required to have a District Plan. This is a plan prepared under the Resource Management Act 1991 to manage development, land-use and subdivision within the District.
A District Plan controls the way we use and develop land in the District. It identifies where activities can take place, what land can be developed and what natural and cultural features should be protected.
A major focus of a Draft District Plan is to enable growth and development, while protecting natural and cultural values that make a District special.
How does this affect me?
Zoning, natural and cultural features, hazards and infrastructure and other conditions in the District Plan, all have an affect on the way you use your land or what might happen near you. You can check to see if you may be affected by viewing the Draft District Plan and Planning Maps.
Why is it being reviewed?
It is a requirement of the Resource Management Act 1991 that either parts, or the entire District Plan, be reviewed every 10years. Since the Operative Plan was developed, things have changed significantly which has initiated a full review of its provisions.
What is new in the Draft District Plan?
Since receiving your feedback on the Draft District Plan, some changes include the creation of new zones, new subdivision rules in some areas, and the identification of natural and cultural features that need to be protected.
A full summary and more detailed explanations on specific topics of the changes can be found by clicking on the following link to various factsheets.
What is the process?
The Draft District Plan has been developed over 2 years. The process has included:
||Monitoring and research
||Identification of key issues and options in consultation with the community (link to Issues and Options Papers)
||Identification of preferred policies and methods through consultation and workshops
||Release of the Draft District Plan for consultation
Feedback on the Draft District Plan from the 15 July - 16 September 2011.
||Review of feedback from the community
||Economic Assessment Review
||Public notification of a Proposed District Plan
||Start of formal consultation process