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Napier Structure Plan

The Napier Structure Plan outlines Napier's strategic approach to address its growing housing needs and we want your feedback on what you think about the plan.

During the next 30 years, Napier needs to accommodate approximately 6,700 additional homes while preserving its unique cultural heritage and natural beautyOur priorities are to ensure accessibility to housing, jobs, parks and amenities. 

The Napier Spatial Picture was prepared and released for feedback in 2020. The Spatial Picture was high level and considered which areas of the city were right for accommodating either brownfield (growth within existing urban areas) or greenfield (new urban areas) growth.  

The Napier Structure Plan takes the next step of detailidentifying the extent of these growth and intensification areas, and how these areas will be appropriately serviced and connected to the amenities of our city. Read more on what a structure plan is here.

The Napier Structure Plan outlines Napier's strategic approach to address its growing housing needs while preserving its unique character. We are now seeking feedback on this technical document, which supports the newly introduced Medium and High Density Zones and Mixed Use Zones in the Proposed Napier District Plan.

Read the high level Napier Structure Plan here

Have your say 

To make a submission on Napier's Structure Plan please complete the form below. If you would like to speak to your submission, please indicate this on your submission form. A Council meeting to hear submissions will be held next year in 2024.

Closing date for submissions is 5pm, Friday 15 December 2023.

Napier's Structure Plan Submission Form

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Submissions open

Thursday 21 September

Drop-in Session

Saturday 28 October, 3-5pm
Coastguard Hawke's Bay,
704 Meeanee Quay, Westshore

Drop-in Session

Thursday 2 November, 4:30-6:30pm
Napier War Memorial Centre,
48 Marine Parade, Napier

Submissions close

Friday 15 December


June to September 2024

What is a Structure Plan? 

The purpose of a structure plan is to establish land use and infrastructure networks and identify the potential effects of urbanisation. 

Structure plans may identify, investigate, and address matters related to: 

  • Supply of urban land to meet growth projects in the Proposed District Plan 
  • Any natural and physical features within the defined area 
  • Types of land use and activity 
  • The layout of transport networks and facilities 
  • The location and type of infrastructure that is to be providedNapier’s structure plansassess eight of the city’s neighbourhoods and consider whether and how those neighbourhoods could accommodate residential intensification as the city growsThe structure plans also provide guidance on where the Proposed District Plan, which has been released alongside these structure plans, should enable greater residential density within the urban area. 

The structure plans have also informed a high level assessment to identify the priority areas for investmentThe assessment indicated which areas would be expected to grow the quickest, and therefore would benefit the most from council investment in response to urban growth. 

The eight intensification areas were prioritised against the following key aspects: 

  • Accessibility to key multi-modal corridor of Kennedy Road 
  • Hierarchy of centres 
  • Accessibility to supermarkets and local convenience type retail 
  • Development capacity and market demand 
  • Strategic land holdings and ability for comprehensive redevelopment. 

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