Proposed Selwyn District Plan
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What do the Government's new building intensification rules mean for the Proposed District Plan process?
The Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has been released and identifies Selwyn District Council as a Tier 1 Council. We are currently working through what this new Bill would mean for the Proposed Selwyn District Plan.
Once the Bill as it stands at the moment comes into force, it is likely we will need to make changes to the Proposed District Plan. The changes would primarily affect the Residential and Subdivision Chapters of the Proposed Plan. As a result, we have made the decision to defer the hearings of submissions on these chapters, set for 6 -10 December and 28 February – 3 March respectively.
For the latest updates on hearings please check Council website at www.selwyn.govt.nz/dprhearings.
For more information on the Bill and its progress visit New Zealand Parliament website.
We publicly notified the Proposed Selwyn District Plan on 5 October 2020.
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The summary of submissions on the Proposed Plan was notified on 19 April 2021 and the further submission consultation closed on 7 May 2021. Due to errors in some of the summarised submission points we called for further submissions on the errata submission points and consultation was held between 31 May and 14 June 2021.
We received 470 submissions on the notified Proposed District Plan, covering around 7,700 individual submission points. Of these, 62% of submission points were fully or partially supportive of the Proposed District Plan.
The summary of submissions and original submissions on the Proposed District Plan can be found in our online ‘Summit Up’ database.
(Important note: Our online Summit Up database can only be viewed on a computer, laptop or tablet. Summit Up does not work when using a mobile phone.)
Our planning team is currently considering all the submissions received in detail. They will produce a series of officer reports with recommendations regarding the submission points made.
From August 2021 onwards we will hold the Proposed District Plan Hearings. At these hearings accredited hearing commissioners will consider all submissions and officer report recommendations.
We will contact submitters before the hearings start to let them know about how they can speak to their submission and when any expert evidence will need to be provided.
In the meantime, we are always available to answer any questions you may have. You can call us on 0800 SELWYN (735 996) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background on the District Plan Review
The Operative Selwyn District Plan was notified in two volumes (Rural Volume in 2000 and Township Volume in 2001), with the majority of provisions being made operative in 2008 and the entire plan becoming fully operative in 2016. A number of variations and plan changes have occurred over this time and in May 2015 a full review of the Operative Plan started. The Resource Management Act requires that all operative provisions of a district plan are reviewed every 10 years.
Since May 2015 when the full review started, the Council had been looking at the current rules and policies across a range of topics, talking to our partners and stakeholders as well as affected landowners about these rules and whether they work as they are or need to be changed, and whether they are up to date with changes in legislation, national and regional policy statements and other regulations.
Following a detailed assessment (which was put together in a ‘baseline assessment’ report for each topic), a summary of issues and options, also called a ‘preferred option’ report, was developed, which identified the Council’s recommended draft changes for a specific topic.
In 2018 we ran an initial public consultation on a number of proposed key draft changes (coming out of the preferred option reports) across different topics to check in with our community about what they thought of these draft changes. “Are we on the right track?” was the theme of the consultation. Following the consultation the Council reviewed the feedback and then outlined in post engagement reports for each topic what changes, if any, were made as a result of the feedback.
Subsequent District Plan Committee workshops provided direction on detailed provisions that have since been integrated across chapters of the Proposed District Plan and formatted into a responsive electronic planning tool. The Proposed ePlan also aligns with the recently introduced National Planning Standards, which standardise the district plan framework and a number of definitions.
Public consultation on the notified Proposed District Plan ran between 5 October and 11 December 2020. We received 470 submissions, covering around 7,700 individual submission points. Visit the Your Say Selwyn website to find out more.