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In this section you can find information on the hearings of submissions and further submissions on the Proposed Selwyn District Plan.

Hearings have been scheduled based on the topics they fall into. We have identified 30 separate topics, and hearings for each of these topics will occur between August 2021 and June 2022. Check the latest provisional schedule of all the hearings [PDF, 100 KB].

COVID-19 update

  • Due to COVID-19 health and safety measures, scanning or signing in is required at the hearing venue, together with face coverings and maintaining two metres distance from others.
  • A hearing date of Tuesday 21 September has been set for Hearing 2: Part 1 – Introduction and General Provisions.
  • Hearing 4: Energy and Infrastructure is planned to take place on Thursday 23 September and Friday 24 September 2021.
  • The hearing for Hearing 3: Urban Growth has been set down for two days: Monday 29 November and Tuesday 30 November 2021.
  • Check the latest provisional schedule of all the hearings [PDF, 100 KB]
  • If the hearings are able to proceed as outlined above, but a submitter or their counsel or witness is unable to attend in person, we can arrange for that party to join the hearing via Zoom. Please advise if you wish to appear by Zoom.
  • Please bear in mind the fluidity of the situation and that further changes to the hearing schedule may be required to adhere to any  COVID-19 restrictions at the time. Please check this page for further updates.

The hearings are being held at the Selwyn Health Hub on Norman Kirk Drive, Rolleston, which is opposite the Selwyn District Council offices. They commence at 9am each day and generally conclude at 5pm.

All hearings are open to the public and livestreamed on Council’s YouTube channel.

Hearing Panel recommendations on each topic-based matter will not be released after each of the hearings. An overall recommendation report will be prepared once all the hearings are completed, and this will then be considered by the Council. The Council’s decision on the provisions and matters raised in submissions will therefore not be released until the end of 2022.

Section 42A Report: Overview

This report provides the Hearings Panel with an overview of the District Plan Review, including higher order statutory requirements, what consultation was undertaken, key issues developed through the review and the hearings process.

Want to attend a hearing?  

You can expect to hear from us 25 working days ahead of the scheduled hearing for the topic that your submission(s) falls under. At this stage we will advise you of key dates for the exchange of evidence and list of submissions to be considered at the hearing. You will then need to let us know at least 15 working days prior to the hearing if you still wish to be heard in relation to your topic.

timeline proposed  district plan hearings

About the Hearings Panel

The Council has appointed a Hearings Panel with six independent commissioners of which two are iwi commissioners, and four councillors:

  • Rob van Voorthuysen (chair of the panel), Gary Rae (co-chair), Lindsay Daysh, Andrew Willis, Yvette Couch-Lewis, Raewyn Solomon
  • Councillors Malcolm Lyall, Nicole Reid, Debra Hasson, Mark Alexander.

The first three scheduled hearings, which cover strategic topics, will be heard by the full Hearings Panel. The rest will be heard by one of two separate panels, chaired by either the chair or the co-chair.

Hearings Panel directions and minutes

Here you can find the Panel’s directions and minutes as they are issued:

Communications to the Hearings Panel

This section includes all formal correspondence to the Hearings Panel, including responses from submitters and Council, as required. Examples of such correspondence are requests to the Hearings Panel for a change to the hearing procedure or to consider material which may not have been received within the timeframes set out by the Hearings Panel. In these circumstances, the submitter needs to provide compelling reasons and the panel has the discretion to accept or reject such requests.

All communication is to be sent to the Hearings Administrator, Emma Robertson, at

Any formal correspondence will be posted here:

Hearing topics and schedule

The hearings on submissions and further submissions have been scheduled based on the 30 separate topics the submissions cover. To help submitters plan ahead, below is the provisional schedule. This schedule may change as the hearings proceed. Any changes will be posted here:

Process for rezoning requests

A slightly different process will be followed for those submissions on the Proposed District Plan which relate to requests to rezone particular areas of land in the district. This is to reflect that these are site-specific requests which require site-specific assessments, and the fact that most of these submissions aren’t supported by the necessary technical information. Hearings for these submissions are scheduled to start in April 2022.

The Council will prepare and release the Rezoning Framework s42A Report by 24 September 2021 and submitter evidence in support of a rezoning request is due by 22 October 2021.

For further information, please see the ‘Directions of the Hearings Panel – Minute 1' under “Hearings Panel directions and minutes” above.

Procedural reports

There may be occasions where reports need to be provided from Council staff to the Hearing Panel to assist with procedural matters and an efficient hearing process. Examples include reports of late original and further submissions which the panel may either accept or reject before commencement of the hearing.