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District Plan Review launches with heritage focus

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Archived: 20 Mar 2018 4:43pm

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A major review of the Selwyn District Plan is now under way, with an initial focus on identifying heritage items that might be added to the Plan.

Selwyn District Council wants to hear from the community about whether any additional items of cultural and historic value, such as historic buildings, places or monuments, should be added to the new Selwyn District Plan.

There are over 120 heritage items currently listed in the District Plan. They can be found in the Appendix 3 of both the Rural and Township Volumes of the Plan, which is available online at!Rules/0/0/0/0

“We want to know whether there are any other assets that the public believes have heritage value and need to be protected for our current and future generations living in the district,” Environmental Services Manager Tim Harris says.

The public consultation on heritage items is the first stage of public engagement on the review of the current District Plan.

“A district plan is essentially a ‘rule book’ which sets district-wide rules for sustainably managing our natural and physical resources,” Tim says. “So it’s important that people get involved in the review of our current Plan and have a say about what can and cannot be done on land and how it can be developed. We’ve already talked to a number of stakeholders and landowners who have been telling us what’s working well and what’s not. But 2018 is the year when the proposed changes to the current Plan will start taking more shape. We expect to engage and seek input from our ratepayers and stakeholders this year on a wide range of topics. This will help ensure we end up with a Plan that sets a clear direction for our district’s development and reflects our communities’ needs and expectations.”

The proposed District Plan is scheduled to be notified in 2020. Residents can keep up to date with the District Plan Review, and find out about when and how they can have a say during the review, through the Council’s dedicated website at

To make it as easy as possible for people to share their views and comments, we’ll be offering a range of ways that people can interact with the review, including drop-in sessions and online platforms as well as formal submission processes.

At our drop-in sessions you can talk to our staff about current protected trees and heritage items, such as heritage buildings, places and monuments, and how you can have a say on additional heritage assets to be included in the new District Plan.

Four drop-in sessions will be held in the following locations (all sessions run from 3.30–6.30pm):

  • Darfield: Tuesday 13 Feb, Darfield Library and Service Centre, Room 1A
  • Leeston: Wednesday 14 Feb, Leeston Library and Service Centre, Community Room
  • Lincoln: Thursday 15 Feb, Lincoln Event Centre, Baylis Lounge
  • Rolleston: Friday 16 Feb, Selwyn District Council headquarters, Council Chambers

Nominations for new heritage items close at 5pm on Monday 5 March. For more information on how you can nominate a new heritage item and what happens after nominations are submitted visit

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