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Draft District Plan and Spatial Picture Consultation

We want your feedback on two important consultations, the draft District Plan and the Spatial Picture. The draft District Plan is the "rulebook" for all development in Napier, and the Spatial Picture is the first step in us having a plan for housing and industry growth.  It looks at “where” we can provide for more housing and industrial land. We encourage you to have a read of both consultations and give us your feedback.

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Te Kahika o Te Kaunihera o Ahuriri 

Mayor of Napier

Napier’s District Plan is one of the most important plans for our city because it impacts our residents in many ways. It’s like a rulebook on how we develop our city while also safeguarding it for the future.  Under the Resource Management Act, Napier City Council has to review its District Plan every ten years. The review gives Napier residents the chance to say what they think we’re doing well and what we could do better as our city grows.

This is the first opportunity we have had to do a complete review of the District Plan in the last 20 years. Our draft plan brings the thinking up to date in terms of what our community’s future needs and priorities are. We have focused on achieving six outcomes; these will tackle some of Napier’s biggest issues. They include improving water quality in our estuary, managing our stormwater, enabling a Regional Park; and having great urban areas to achieve safe and well-connected neighbourhoods. We have provided new guidance on the development of inner city living to support a vibrant city centre. Accompanying the plan are extensive best practice design guidelines – to make Napier a vibrant and sustainable city for all and to ensure our Art Deco heritage remains for many decades to come.

We all want to live and work in a city that is thoughtfully planned, easy to navigate and has the right amenities in the right places. The District Plan provides guidance to developers on the outcomes we would like for our city, while limiting negative effects on the environment. The plan provides some flexibility in how these outcomes are achieved – what is most important is the end result as Napier grows and develops over the long term.

Alongside the draft District Plan, we have developed a spatial picture. This is the first step in creating a plan to manage Napier’s future growth. Napier will likely need around 3,500 more homes over the next 10 years. We also need to provide enough land across Hawkes Bay for industrial and commercial business growth.  The spatial picture looks at how we can build within our existing urban and suburban areas as well as expanding into undeveloped land. The spatial picture plans for Napier’s future population increase but ensures that any increase promotes sustainable living through encouraging growth in areas where amenities are not far away.

Please take a look through our proposals and have your say on this important piece of work. Submissions close on 24th September.

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