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Draft District Plan

What is a District Plan?

You could call it Napier’s rule book. The Napier City Operative District Plan lays out the rules for Napier’s long-term development. At the same time, it considers impacts on the environment – with the aim of protecting and safeguarding it for our future generations. The District Plan gives guidance to property developers to make sure land and the surrounding environment is managed sustainably.

The District Plan is a big technical document. To help you understand what changes and additions we’re proposing we’ve created topic summaries. These outline the key points across a range of chapters and topics. View the full draft District Plan ePlan.

Under the Resource Management Act, Napier City Council has to review its District Plan every ten years. We’ve got a draft of the changes we’d like to make and now we want to know what you think of it.

The draft District Plan meets new requirements for the layout and standardised approach for District Plans across the country. These requirements were introduced by central government in 2019 through “National Planning Standards” as regulations under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

Key components of the new district plan format include:

  • ePlan: The draft District Plan is fully electronic and searchable.
  • Zones: Standard zone names now apply to all new district plans across the country, with allowance for special zones if certain criteria is met. All land in Napier has a “zone” under the draft District Plan. We have a small number of bespoke “special zones” that apply only in Napier – all other zones are consistent with the national planning standards template
  • Layers: In addition to the standard zones, the draft District Plan also includes precincts, overlays, development areas and control areas. The rules in each of these apply in addition to, or replace, rules in the underlying zone.

For more information on each of these components, and guidance on how to determine which rules apply to your property, we have created a How to use the plan guide. 

There are a few ways you can submit feedback on our e-plan. You can have your say on specific chapters and key points of the draft plan, or the whole thing! We have instructional videos to help with registering to use the e-plan and how to navigate around.

Draft District Plan Development

February 2019 – July 2021

Draft District Plan Submissions Open

6 August 2021

Drop-in Session - Co-Lab Taradale (cancelled)

This event has been cancelled due to the change in COVID-19 Alert Level.

Drop-in Session - Napier Aero Club (cancelled)

Drop-in Session - King George Memorial (cancelled)

Drop-in Session - Napier War Memorial Centre (cancelled)

Drop in Session - Napier Urban Farmers Market (cancelled)

Draft District Plan Submissions Close

24 September 2021

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