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Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 9:54am

An aerial image of the plains looking towards the Southern Alps

People in Selwyn can now read and have their say on the Proposed District Plan, which is open for consultation until 5pm on Friday 4 December.

The District Plan sets the rules for what people can do on their properties and what needs resource consent, and must be reviewed every 10 years.

Mayor Sam Broughton says the new plan will make huge strides in preparing the district for the future.

“This is an important move for Selwyn. The District Plan matters, because it impacts all our lives and how we live, work and play in the district. Most of the current plan has been in operation since 2008. Since then we’ve seen massive changes and we need a new plan that is not only up to date with the new world we live in, but ready to take us through the next decade.”

The new plan aims to simplify the rules, make it easier to find them and shifts the focus to what you can do.

The proposed plan includes rules to focus residential development in and around our existing townships. It allows more housing types in urban areas and removes the requirement that only family members can live in a family flat.

It proposes reducing the density of houses allowed in part of the Outer Plains, to ensure land is retained for rural production, and tighter rules around businesses in residential and rural areas.

Daytime noise rules would run from 7am–10pm and sky glow rules would reduce light pollution, in particular creating dark-sky zones in areas of the high country, the coast and around the West Melton Observatory.

You can read the summary consultation document Because it matters at Council libraries and service centres, or online, or search your address and see how the rules affect your property in the eplan.

Council planning staff will also be holding drop-in sessions to answer your questions.

Wednesday 14 October, 6–7.30pm, Baylis Lounge at Lincoln Event Centre

Sunday 18 October, 10am–4pm, CultureFest, Lincoln Domain

Tuesday 20 October, 6–7.30pm, Darfield Recreation and Community Centre

Tuesday 27 October, 6–7.30pm, Council Chambers at Selwyn District Council buildings

Tuesday 3 November, 6–7.30pm, Community Room at Leeston Library and Service Centre

Saturday 7 November, 9am–5pm, Hororata Highland Games, Hororata Domain

Saturday 21 November 10am–4pm, Courtenay A&P Show, Kirwee Showgrounds