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Council is preparing a variation to the Proposed District Plan to meet new housing intensification rules.

The Council must make changes to the Proposed District Plan due to the Government’s new Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021.

The new Government’s legislation requires all Tier 1 Councils, which includes Selwyn District Council, to prepare and notify a variation to their district plans by 20 August 2022. The variation must include new rules and policies that enable medium density housing in relevant residential zones.

The scope of the variation to the Proposed District Plan covers:

  • the introduction of a new Medium Density Residential Zone that will be applied to relevant residential zones in Rolleston, Lincoln and Prebbleton
  • additional land for residential development in Rolleston, including certain private plan change requests which are currently being processed.

The new building intensification rules also require councils to vary private plan changes that were notified prior to the new legislation coming into effect (20 December 2021). Council must notify the variations to these private plan changes at the same time it notifies its own variation to the Proposed District Plan.

Current private plan changes that have requested rezoning within Rolleston, Lincoln and Prebbleton will therefore be considered for inclusion in the variation, depending on what stage of the process they are in, where they are located and what they are seeking. More information on this can be found in the Council report ‘Proposed Selwyn District Plan Variation in response to the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply And Other Matters) Amendment Act [PDF, 480 KB].’

Next steps

Once a draft of the variation is developed, it will go to the Council for approval and then be notified for public consultation. Public consultation will begin by 20 August 2022 at the latest.

Following the public consultation, the Council will hold hearings of the submissions, which are expected to take place in early-to-mid-2023. Hearings of submissions seeking to rezone land through the Proposed Plan will occur prior to the hearings of submissions received on the variation.

Decisions on all submissions lodged on the Proposed Plan, including those on the variation, will be released in August 2023.

It’s important to note that no appeals will be possible on decisions in relation to matters covered by the variation. This follows the new legislation that introduces a new planning process which Tier 1 councils, such as Selwyn, must use to implement intensification policies more quickly.

For more information on the variation and the district plan review check questions and answers .