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District Plan: Further Submissions

What is a District Plan?

You could call it Napier’s rule book. The current 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.

What is a Proposed District Plan?

A Proposed District Plan is a draft planning document that has legal status once notified. As required under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), the Proposed District Plan is another step in the District Plan Review process. The purpose of the Proposed District Plan is to provide a comprehensive framework for guiding land use, development, and resource management decisions within the district. It sets out the rules and policies to achieve sustainable management of natural and physical resources, protect the environment, and address the social and economic needs of our community.

What is a Further Submission?

A further submission is a tool used in the RMA to allow you to comment on submissions made by others, either in support or opposition. For example, if your neighbour has made a submission that you agree with, you can support their statements. Or if a community member has made a submission you disagree with, you can oppose their statements. This gives the community another chance to have their say.

How to make a further submission

  1. View the summary of decisions requested. You can do this online here, or view the document in-person by visiting our Customer Service Centre at 215 Hastings Street, Napier.
  2. Identify the submissions you would like to oppose or support and use our ePlan or Form 6 Submission Form to make a further submission.
    a. Need help using the ePlan to make a further submission? View our helpful how-to video to get started.
    b. Need help making a physical further submission? Visit the friendly team at our Customer Service Centre, Napier Library or Taradale Library.
  3. Have your say, and complete your submission before 5pm, Monday 20 May, 2024.

Make a further submission here

Late submissions

Submissions received after the closing date of the submission period are considered late submissions. The hearings commissioners will still consider these late submissions, and therefore you may also make a further submission on these late submissions if you wish. The late submissions are:

  • No. 289 Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc.
  • No. 288 Fire and Emergency New Zealand
  • No. 287 Son Nguyen

What happens next?

The Policy team will review the submissions and further submissions made and make recommendations about how to deal with them based on the information and evidence available. The next phase of the Proposed District Plan process is the Hearings Phase.

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