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Proposed District Plan

On Thursday 21 September, Napier City Council publicly notified the Napier Proposed District Plan. The Proposed District Plan aims to guide land use, development and resource management decisions in the district.

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 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 the Future Development Strategy?

Hastings District Council, Napier City Council and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and iwi and hapū partners, are jointly developing the Hastings and Napier Future Development Strategy (FDS). The FDS will guide development across existing urban areas and areas close by across the two districts over the next 30 years.

The FDS is a requirement of the Government’s National Policy Statement – Urban Development.

The strategy will ensure development areas are available to meet projected residential and business needs, while protecting the region’s highly productive soils, freshwater and natural environments, and sites and areas of significance to Māori. It will also address the challenges and affects posed by climate change and have regard to the effect of development on the climate.

What is the purpose of our Future Development Strategy?

  • The FDS will decide where and how we grow over the next 30 years.
  • It will achieve ‘well-functioning urban environments’ in Napier and Hastings’ current and future urban areas.
  • The FDS will identify the big issues around growth, things like housing, transport, employment, cultural wellbeing, the environment, climate change and resilience.
  • It will allow us to plan and deliver the necessary infrastructure to support our growth goals and recovery from the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle.

The partnership must also develop an implementation plan that will be updated annually to ensure we are delivering on our strategy.

How can I find out more? 

The District Plan is a technical document and there is a lot of supporting material to help you understand why we have proposed certain changes or kept things the same. To help you understand what changes and additions we’re proposing, view our helpful topic summaries or supporting documents.

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