This page contains information about our District Plan and links to the document and maps.
10/12/2013 11:04 a.m.
The Resource Management Act requires local authorities to prepare a District Plan.
The Whangarei District Plan plan sets out rules, policies and objectives for sustainably managing natural and physical resources in the Whangarei district. The plan became operative on 3 May 2007.
Viewing the District Plan
To make the District Plan easier to view, it has been split into chapters and maps.
District Plan chapters
Select from the list by clicking on the '+' next to each heading in the table below to display the contents of each section. Each individual document opens in a new window.
District Plan maps
Maps are arranged in pairs (Environments and Resource Areas) for each geographical area. Information about how to use the maps can be found by following the link below.
District Plan maps
If you would like a copy of the complete document on CD, please contact any of our Service Centres or phone us on +64 9 4304 200.
Updating the plan
The District Plan is updated periodically throughout the year for a number of reasons. For example, the need to re-zone land, amend the rules in the plan or the outcome of the plan change process.
Updates - May / June 2013
Select from the links below. Each document opens in a new window.
Chapter 85 Designations [580kb]
Introduction: 4. Meaning of Words [315kb]
Environment Rules : Urban Transition Environment (PC93) [585kb]
Resource Areas: Critical Electricity Lines (PC117) [752kb]
Memorandums on the updates are distributed to all plan holders. You can subscribe to these update memos by using RSS Feeds. Follow the below link:
Plan changes can be initiated by Council or members of the public. We take responsibility for the preparation, process and management of Council initiated plan changes. We also project manage private plan change applications, with consultants taking responsibility for processing and reporting.
For details of current plan changes and their status, follow the link below.
District Plan Changes
A resource consent is required for an activity that might affect the environment as described in the categories in the District Plan.
The different categories reflect the actual or potential effect of an activity and are described as:
- permitted activities
- controlled activities
- restricted discretionary activities
- discretionary activities
- non-complying activities
- prohibited activities.
For further information about resource consent requirements and the application process, follow the link below.
Review of the plan
We are currently undertaking a 10-year rolling review of the entire District Plan which incorporates the priorities that are included in other Council plans such as asset management plans, and the Long Term Plan (LTP).
To view the review programme, follow the link below.
District Plan Review programme [135kb]
District Plan efficiency and effectiveness review
We are also required by legislation to monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of our District Plan on a 5 yearly basis.
The associated report was adopted by Council in August 2012. To view the report, follow the link below.
Is our District Plan working after 5 years in operation? [568kb]