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Further submission consultation on variations has now closed

Summary of submissions on the mandatory variations to the Proposed Selwyn District Plan and various private plan changes was notified on 7 November 2022.

The further submission period closed at 5pm Friday 18 November 2022.

What’s next?

Further submissions

Our planning team will begin considering all the submissions received in detail. They will then produce a series of officer reports with recommendations regarding the submission points made.


We expect to hold public hearings May - June 2023. At these hearings independent commissioners will consider all submissions and Officer Report recommendations.

We will let submitters know when we reach this stage and how they can speak to their submission at a hearing.

Council decision

The Council must notify a decision on the variations by 20 August 2023.

It’s important to note that all variations will proceed through a new streamlined planning process. This means there is no right of appeal to the Environment Court.

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

Background on variations

The variations are required by the Government’s new housing intensification legislation, passed last year, which requires some councils to make changes to their district plans – ‘planning rule books’ to allow for more housing and at greater heights in relevant residential areas.

To comply with the law, in Selwyn we are introducing a new Medium Density Residential Zone on relevant current residential land in Lincoln, Rolleston and Prebbleton, and also rezoning additional rural land for residential development within these townships.

Under the proposed changes up to three residential units, each up to three stories high (11 metres), could be built on a site within the medium density zone without a resource consent. However it will be up to landowners to decide if they wish to develop the site to the permitted standards, or to a lesser level of density.

The summary of submissions and original submission on the Variations can be found in our online 'Summit Up' database.

PART A - Variation 1 to the Proposed Selwyn District Plan

View Summary of Submissions for Proposed District Plan

PART B - Variation 1 to Private Plan Changes 68, 69, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76 and 78 to the Operative Selwyn District Plan

View Summary of Submissions for Proposed District Plan