Plan submissions start on July 18

Jul 3rd, 2018 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News

The time to make submissions on the proposed Waikato district plan will start on July 18.

The formal submission process follows a long period of community consultation, resulting in some key changes between the current operative plan and the proposed plan.

Waikato District Council Chief Executive Gavin Ion says the district plan is an important document as it tells the community how the district’s land can be used, developed and subdivided.

“The plan gives guidance as to what you can do with your land – where you can put your garage and how many storeys your house can be depending on where you live in the district. But it also goes much deeper than that – we’re proud to say that our district plan also protects our culture and heritage and has innovative ways to encourage development on Maori Freehold Land with papakaainga housing developments etc.

“Up until now, the district has had two different sections of the plans, planning provisions inherited from the old Franklin District Council and one for the rest of the district. With this proposed plan, we will be united and have one set of rules and guidelines for what we can do with our land and how we manage the environment.”

The key changes between the current operative plan and the proposed plan include:

• The adding of around 60 heritage sites and buildings, along with 16 notable trees to their respective lists. The rules have been amended to provide for ongoing maintenance and care or repair.
• A consistent residential zone and redeveloped village zone, along with three business zones. Additional residential zone areas have also been created in Tuakau, Pokeno, Te Kowhai, Taupiri, Ngaruawahia and Horotiu to allow for growth, along with an additional industrial zoned area in Huntly.
• Under the Taangata Whenua chapter, flexible provisions have been created that give more options for those with Maori Freehold Land.

All landowners will soon receive a letter about the plan that either details the proposed changes to their property or prompts them to view the plan to see if they would like to make a submission.

Submissions can be made online but hard copies of the submission forms are also available from all council offices, libraries and by phoning the council on 0800 492 452 to request one.

Community drop-in sessions will be held in August and September if residents would like help in making a submission. Further details about this will be promoted closer to the time.

Lots of information on the Plan and its supporting documents can be found on the council website.

The submission period is open from the date of official notification, Wednesday, July 18 until Tuesday October 9.


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