In this section

  • Proposed Policy changes

    We are proposing a number of changes to our policies. The main changes are summarised below together with links to copies of the draft policies.

Council Policies Manual

The Policy Manual [PDF, 4338 KB] is a document set by Council under which staff operate.

The Policy Manual is a living document with any new policies adopted by the Council added.  The Council has resolved to do a complete review of the manual after each triennial election.

The Policy Manual covers policies relating to the following activities and responsibilities of the council: dogs, archives, records, advertising, bridges building, cemeteries, community awards, funding, consultation, council activities, community, planning, design, engineering, Environment Court, finance, graffiti, housing, insurances, land bank, leasing, libraries, liquor licensing, Long Term Council Community Plan, property numbering, road names, private rights of ways, plantations , public facilities, rating, remuneration, reserves, roads.

Development Contributions Policy

The Selwyn District Council Development Contributions Policy [PDF, 13437 KB] enables us to recover from those persons undertaking development a fair, equitable, and proportionate portion of the total cost of capital expenditure necessary to service growth over the long term. The policy was adopted by the Council on 20 June 2018 and amended on 24 June 2020.

Significance and Engagement Policy

The Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) requires local authorities to adopt a Significance and Engagement Policy (SEP) [PDF, 273 KB].

This SEP was adopted by Selwyn District Council, following public consultation, on 26 November 2014. It replaces the Council’s previous Policy on Significance, and sets out a framework for when and how Council will engage with the community in decision-making.

The two principal components of the SEP are:

  1. Approach to determining significance, including criteria for determining significance;
  2. Processes and methods for engagement.

Legislative requirements:

Section 76AA of the Act specifies that the SEP must set out:

  1. the local authority’s general approach to determining the significance of proposals and decisions in relation to issues, assets or other matters
  2. any criteria or procedures that are to be used by the local authority in assessing the extent to which issues, proposals, decisions or other matters are significant
  3. how the local authority will respond to community preferences about engagement on decisions relating to specific issues, assets or other matters, including when use of the special consultative procedure is desirable
  4. how the local authority will engage with communities on other matters.

The purpose of the SEP is:

  1. to enable the local authority and its communities to identify the degree of significance attached to particular issues, assets or other matters
  2. to provide clarity about how and when communities can expect to be engaged in decisions about different issues, assets or other matters
  3. to inform the local authority from the beginning of a decision-making process about

i. the extent of any public engagement that is expected before a particular decision is made

ii. the form or type of engagement required.

The SEP also lists the assets considered by the Council to be strategic assets.

Developing the Selwyn District Council SEP

The Selwyn District Council SEP was developed through a process of integration that brought together the existing Selwyn District Council Policy on Significance, advice from the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM), and examples of the draft SEPs developed by Environment Canterbury, Auckland Council and collaboratively by councils in the Waikato region. Public feedback on the draft policy was sought during consultation.