Proposed District Plan
An addendum to summary of decisions and further submissions is open until 4:30pm, 12 August 2013. Please see below for more information.
Preparation for the hearings is now underway. For all general enquiries please contact us on 07 838 6478 or email email@example.com
The Proposed District Plan governs the way Hamilton looks and feels and sets the rules for future city development.
It also defines how and where the city grows and how its natural and physical resources are managed.
The Proposed District Plan was developed from the following guiding principles:
Importance of the central city
Higher density residential development
A hierarchy of business centres
High quality urban design
Protection of character areas
Restoration and protection of our natural environment and heritage
The proposed plan is designed to shape the city into a prosperous and innovative place where people love to live. To achieve this we need a city which:
Has a thriving centre
Manages growth sustainably
Embraces the Waikato River
Values, preserves and protects its natural environment
Is attractive, well-designed and compact with outstanding architecture and distinctive public spaces
Is safe and easy to get around
Is a fun place to live with a vibrant arts scene
Council has consulted stakeholders and the community to develop the Proposed District Plan. This included:
Identification of significant resource management issues for Hamilton – Fast Forward Discussion Document, February 2010
Development of issues and options through the Big Picture Outcomes and Options Discussion Document, August 2010
Preparation of a Draft District Plan for feedback, April 2012
Notification of Proposed District Plan, December 2012
There are notable changes (local and other) between the existing Operative District Plan and the Proposed District Plan. The local changes include:
Changes in zoning
Transport Corridor ranking
Arterial Transport Corridor protection areas
Flood hazard areas
Waikato Riverbank and Gully Hazard Area
Significant Natural Areas
Historical Heritage and Archaeological and Cultural sites classification
Electrical Transmission Corridors
Ruakura Structure Plan
Maps showing the locations and including full explanations of the notable changes, can be downloaded as PDFs here.
Submissions on the Proposed District Plan ran from Monday 10 December 2012 to 4.30pm, Friday 29 March 2013. A link to a list of all submitters, by submission number, can be found here (PDF). Alternatively, a list of submitters in alphabetical order can be found here (PDF).
Further Submissions Received
Further submissions on the Proposed District Plan ran from Friday 31 May 2012 to 4.30pm, Tuesday 2 July 2013. A link to a list of all further submitters, by submission number, can be found here (PDF). Alternatively, a list of submitters in alphabetical order can be found here (PDF).
Addendum to Summary of Decisions and Further Submissions
The Further Submission period for the Addendum to the Summary of Decisions has now closed.
A list of the further submitters to the Addendum and copies of their submissions can be found here (PDF). (Scroll down the attached document to see the individual submissions.)
Some submissions have been withdrawn; a list of these can be found here (PDF).
All hearings of submissions to the Proposed District Plan will be heard at the Waikato Stadium. Below is an outline of the programme. A link to the Staff Report for each topic will be available 5 working days before that topic will be heard.
The proceedings and tabled items for each hearings day will be available here.
Council has appointed an independent Hearing Administrator, Steve Rice, to administer the hearing and scheduling of submitters who wish to appear. He will be contacting submitters directly about the actual dates of the hearings. To contact Steve regarding the hearings schedule, phone (07) 846 5267 or 021 1912346, fax (07) 846 5269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Submissions on the Assessment Criteria/DP Admin provisions will be heard in December. However, those submissions on Assessment Criteria/DP Admin which are specific to another chapter will be heard in the hearing on submissions on that chapter.
2. Some parts of the plan have been identified for postponement of hearings due to the application to the Environmental Protection Authority for the Private Plan for Ruakura. Click here for a list of those parts that will be heard after the Board of Inquiry decision on the application to change the Operative District Plan.
A copy of the current Section 32 analysis can be found here.
Find an overview of the Key Themes for the Proposed District Plan.
The new Proposed Infrastructure Technical Specifications can be found here.
To view the background documents on modified/new designations click here.
Giving Effect to the Plan
The Resource Management Act requires that a rule in a Proposed District Plan must be treated as ‘operative’ (i.e. replaces the corresponding rule in the Operative District Plan) if:
- No submissions in opposition have been made which could result in a change to a rule; or
- Where submissions in opposition have been made that could result in a change to a rule, the submitter has not lodged an appeal challenging Council’s decision on that submission.
Now that all submissions have been lodged on the Proposed District Plan, Council has its first opportunity to consider whether any rules in the Proposed District Plan can be treated as operative.
Council has undertaken an analysis of all submissions and has concluded that no rules in the Proposed District Plan can be treated as operative at this point in time. Council will consider this same issue again once the appeal period has expired against Council decisions on submissions to the Proposed District Plan.