What is a District Plan?

The Resource Management Act 1991 requires Council to have a District Plan to promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources.


The District Plan explains how the Council will manage the environment.  It contains objectives, policies and rules to address resource management issues within the district, such as:

  • Effects of land use
  • Impacts of land use on natural hazards and  the management of hazardous substances
  • Noise
  • Activities on the surfaces of rivers and lakes;
  • Impacts of land use on indigenous biological diversity.

District Plan rules set out what activities you can do as of right (permitted activities), what activities you need resource consent for, and how certain activities may be carried out.  They cover things like residential development, the use of land for agriculture, the subdivision of land parcels, noise and the location and height of buildings.

The Council is committed to a plan which is current and relevant to issues and concerns as they arise.  Therefore, as the district grows and develops, the plan will be continuously reviewed by Council to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of the community while protecting the values that attract the people to this area.