About making a change to the Operative District Plan

A change to an Operative District Plan is a public process which requires research, evaluation and consultation. A plan change can be initiated by us, the Council, or by members of the public (private plan change).
Examples of possible plan changes include:

  • Rezoning of land
  • Addition of a building to the schedule of heritage buildings
  • Amendments to rules
  • Implementing Government directions

Information to be submitted with a plan change application

When submitting a plan change application certain information must be provided with the application. The exact requirements are outlined in Clause 22 of the First Schedule to the Resource Management Act 1991.

You can also find a summary of what information is required in Appendix 1 of the Proposed Selwyn District Plan.

When preparing the required information the Council encourages applicants to also engage with mana whenua through Mahaanui Kurataiao Limited.

Private plan change process flowchart

See how does the private plan change process flowchart [PDF, 419 KB].

The Resource Management Act outlines the plan change process that we are required to follow:

  1. A private plan change application needs to be reviewed by staff before it goes to Council for processing.
  2. Once processed the proposed plan change goes to the Council for decision on whether to adopt, accept, or reject the request, or convert the request to a resource consent.
  3. All applications that are accepted or opted as a proposed plan change are then publicly notified for consultation.
  4. The Council publicly notifies the proposed plan change by putting a notice in the newspaper, on the Council website and/or by sending directly affected parties information in the mail. Members of the public are then able to make a written submission to the Council supporting or opposing the proposed plan change.
  5. The Council prepares a summary of all submissions received and makes them publicly available on the Council website. Members of the public can then make further submissions that either support or oppose an original submission.
  6. If any submitter asks to be heard in support of their written submission, the Council holds a hearing to consider the submissions and hear any evidence that supports them.
  7. The Council then makes a decision on submissions and evidence presented at the hearing, informs the submitters of the outcome in a letter and in a public notice in the newspaper.
  8. Appeals to the decisions can be lodged with the Environment Court within 30 working days of the Council making a decision. The proposed plan change becomes fully operative after the Council has made its decision and all appeals, if there are any, have been resolved.

If you would like to request a private plan change to the Operative District Plan, contact us on 0800 SELWYN (735 996) and request to speak with a planner from the Strategy and Policy team, or email us at contactus@selwyn.govt.nz