Merf Ag Services Ltd and Matthew Reed have lodged a private plan change request with Council. The Plan Change seeks to rezone approximately 60 hectares from Rural Outer Plains to Living 1 (14.6 ha.) and Living 1 Deferred (46 ha.) on the North Eastern side of Darfield along Kimberley Road.

The requested change does not seek to change any objectives but it does seek to change policies, rules and definitions. Within the proposed Living 1 Zone the rule provisions would allow for a retirement village catering for upwards of 110 residents, and over the remainder of the area a residential unit density of 650 m2 except for specified medium density areas which will have a maximum average allotment size of 500 m2, and a minimum allotment size of 400 m2. This will result in approximately 90 low density residential units, and 13 medium density residential units.

The Living 1 Deferred Zone will not be able to be subdivided until a wastewater solution has been implemented, but will have capacity for approximately 283 standard sized residential lots, 56 lower density lots (1000 m2), and 8 medium density lots.

Update 17 September 2020

The period for further submissions closed on Wednesday 16 September 2020. Two further submissions were received, which can be viewed below.

FS01 Janice and Collan Perriton [PDF, 14 KB]
FS02 Malvern Housing Trust [PDF, 656 KB]

The next steps will be to determine if any further information is required in response to the matters raised in submissions, and to schedule a hearing.

Update 2 September 2020 - Further Submissions

The original submissions have been summarised and are open for further submissions until 5pm, Wednesday 16 September 2020. The period for further submissions was publicly notified in the Selwyn Times on 2 September 2020.

Public Notice  [PDF, 31 KB]
Summary of Submissions [PDF, 730 KB]

Further submissions may only be lodged by any person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest or that has an interest in the plan change greater than the interest the public has, or by the local authority itself.

Further submissions must be limited to matters either in support of or in opposition to an original submission made on Plan Change 63. This must be in writing and in accordance with Form 6, which is available below or from any Council Service Centre. Further submissions must be served on Selwyn District Council and a copy must be provided to the person who made the original submission no later than 5 working days after a further submission is provided to Council.

Online Submission Form 6
PDF Submission Form 6 [PDF, 76 KB]

Further submissions may be made through the website (this can include uploading attachments) or you can download and print the PDF further submission form.

Further submissions not lodged through the website can be:

Posted to: Selwyn District Council, PO Box 90, Rolleston 7643
Emailed to:
Faxed to 347-2799

Update 24 August 2020 - Submissions Received

14 submissions were received in relation to PC63 and can be viewed below.

01 Phillipa Joan Anderson [PDF, 1362 KB]
02 Darren and Vanessa Davies [PDF, 169 KB]
03 Janice and Collan Perriton [PDF, 116 KB]
04 Paul and Alison Wightman  [PDF, 159 KB]
05 Crystal Vercoe  [PDF, 14 KB]
06 Environment Canterbury  [PDF, 218 KB]
07 Duncan and Irene Mattushek [PDF, 88 KB]
08 Canterbury District Health Board [PDF, 536 KB]
09 KiwiRail Holdings [PDF, 658 KB]
10 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency [PDF, 914 KB]
11 Madison McCullough [PDF, 65 KB]
12 Katherine Molloy [PDF, 36 KB]
13 Westmar Senior Care Darfield [PDF, 15 KB]
14 Kirsty Lucey and Ben Hanburger (Late Submission) [PDF, 553 KB]

Update 06 August 2020 -Submissions Closed

Public submissions on Plan Change 63 closed at 5pm on Wednesday 29 July 2020. The submissions will be made publicly available in due course. Once submissions have been summarised, the period for further submissions will be notified.

Update 1 July 2020 - Public Notification

Plan Change 63 was accepted for notification at Council’s meeting of 27 May 2020.

The Plan Change was publicly notified in the Selwyn Times newspaper on 01 July 2020.

Public Notice [PDF, 49 KB]

Any person may make a submission in support of or opposition to the plan change, or any part of it.  Submissions close at 5pm on Wednesday 29 July 2020.

Online Submission Form 5
PDF Submission Form 5 [PDF, 87 KB]

Submissions may be made through the website (this can include uploading attachments) or you can download and print the PDF submission form.

Submissions not lodged through the website can be:

Posted to: Selwyn District Council, PO Box 90, Rolleston 7643
Emailed to:
Faxed to 347-2799

After 29 July 2020, submissions will be summarised and made available to the public.

Update 28 April 2020 -Amended Application

The plan change application has been amended to incorporate the further information requested. The following information supersedes any relevant information received in the original application documents.

Applicants response to Council's request for further information [PDF, 8685 KB]
Appendices separated out: 
Appendix A: Amended Outline Development Plan  [PDF, 373 KB]
Appendix B: Urban Design Assessment -Response to RFI  [PDF, 5531 KB]
Appendix C: Integrated Traffic Assessment [PDF, 1336 KB]
Appendix D: Section 32 Assessment: Addendum  [PDF, 203 KB]
Appendix E: Extracts from Proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant ECan Application  [PDF, 423 KB]
Appendix F: Mahaanui Kurataiao Report  [PDF, 280 KB]
Appendix G: Revised Table of District Plan Amendments [PDF, 176 KB]

Updated 29 January 2020

The application has been reviewed and a request for further information was issued on 29 January 2020.

Further information requested [PDF, 170 KB]

17 December 2019

This application is currently being reviewed to ensure the information is adequate for public notification. Once this has been completed and any required information received it will be taken to Council to be considered for notification. If Council decides to accept the Plan Change it will be publicly notified and opened to submission.


The Plan Change request consists of the following documents:

Application for Private Plan change in a single file [PDF, 16743 KB]

Application broken into component parts:

Private Plan Change request -Darfield  [PDF, 841 KB]
Appendix 01 Certificates of Title  [PDF, 143 KB]
Appendix 02 Submission on 'Are we on track?' [PDF, 228 KB]
Appendix 03 Outline Development Plan  [PDF, 197 KB]
Appendix 04 Assessment Against Planning Provisions [PDF, 405 KB]
Appendix 05 Section 32 Evaluation [PDF, 222 KB]
Appendix 06 Servicing Report [PDF, 6863 KB]
Appendix 07 Wastewater Options Infrastructure Report [PDF, 709 KB]
Appendix 08 Preliminary Site Investigation [PDF, 5179 KB]
Appendix 09 Geotechnical Assessment [PDF, 5897 KB]
Appendix 10 Consultation Record [PDF, 955 KB]


For further information contact the team on 0800 SELWYN (735 996) or email