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Proposed Plan Change 130 - Notification of Decision

This page contains information about Plan Change 130 - Bulk Format Retail Environment (Okara Park).
Updated: 13/01/2015 10:05 a.m.

​Whangarei District Council gives notice that the hearing panel of independent commissioners, under delegation, has made their decision on the provisions to the following Plan Change:

Plan Change 130 – Bulk Format Retail Environment (Okara Park)

Currently the Whangarei District has no dedicated Environment for accommodating Bulk Format retail (BFR) activities. Consequentially BFR has been developed in an ad hoc manner across the District. The existing Okara Park Shopping Centre falls within three zones including Open Space Environment. PC130 seeks to consolidate the zoning of this Centre and the development of BFR within the outer CBD introducing an additional 20,000m2 of land available for BFR adjacent to the existing Okara Park Shopping Centre.

The proposed plan change includes objectives, policies and rules for the Environment, land use and subdivision provisions and updated District Plan maps – denoting the BFRE. The proposed Environment has a precinct plan to guide development and facilitate good urban design outcomes.

The Environment has been split into Precinct A (lower developed site) and Precinct B (upper undeveloped site). Additional controls have been

identified as necessary for Precinct B to manage the potential adverse effects of development that may not be relevant to Precinct A. The BFRE seeks to provide for up to 20,000m2 of additional GFA (Gross Floor Area) in Precinct B.

The decision on the plan change is available for viewing at Whangarei District Council Service  Centres at Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangarei; Ruakaka Service Centre, Takutai Place, Ruakaka; Whangarei Central Library, Rust Avenue, Whangarei; Kamo Library, Kamo Road, Kamo; Onerahi Library, Commins Road, Onerahi; Tikipunga Library, Paramount Parade, Tikipunga; and on this website

Please contact Council’s Policy and Monitoring Department if you have any questions about the proposal.

Those parties entitled to lodge appeals to the Environment Court must lodge their appeals within 30 working days of receipt of the decision.

This notice is given pursuant to Clause 10 of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991.



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