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The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) requires all operative provisions of a plan to be reviewed every 10 years.

The current Selwyn District Plan (the Plan) was notified in two volumes (Rural Volume in 2000 and Township Volume in 2001) and remains in this two-volume format.  There are large parts of the Plan that have not changed since 2004 when decisions on submissions were released. It is therefore timely to undertake a holistic appraisal of how to improve the Plan, with the aim of the review to produce a ‘second generation’ District Plan.

At a broad level, it is recognised that the existing District Plan has become unwieldy, with a total of 1500 pages and an excessive number of zones and appendices, including zones within appendices. A number of plan changes have also lead to various approaches to different issues within the Plan, most notably being the way in which urban growth is managed within and outside the Greater Christchurch area. In addition, the resource consent team have identified a range of issues in administering specific parts of the Plan that could be improved through a District Plan Review (‘DPR’).

The review will lead to the development of a new district plan, which may vary from the current style and format. There are a number of steps involved in the process for developing a district plan, including reviewing the Plan to see what is working and not working, research and analysis, consultation, identification of issues and options, development of the policy framework and plan provisions, notification of the proposed plan, submissions, hearings, decision and appeals, before a plan can be made operative. The DPR project will therefore comprise a significant piece of work.

The Council agreed to undertake a full review of the District Plan as a matter of priority at a Council meeting held on 27 May 2015.

District Plan Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes

For more information on the DPR and how you can have a say:

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If you have any questions, please contact the Benjamin Rhodes on 347-2824 or email