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District Plan

This page contains information about our District Plan and links to the document and maps.
Updated: 26/03/2019 8:59 a.m.

The Resource Management Act requires local authorities to prepare a District Plan. 

The Whangarei District 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.

Rural Plan Change Package - District Plan Update  

Council notified it's Decision on Plan Changes 85 A-D, 86 A&B, 87, 102 and 114 in January of 2018. Subsequently twenty appeals were made to the Environment Court on a range of provisions. As of February 2019 these have now all been resolved.

Plan Changes 85 A-D, 86 A&B and 102 have received the Council Seal and are now Operative, except for some site specific zoning which had been subject to appeal at the time that these Plan Changes were submitted for final approval.

Plan Changes 87 and 114 have yet to receive the Council Seal. 

However, as consent orders have been issued and all appeals are resolved, the Plan Changes are to be treated as Operative in terms of Section 86F of the Resource Management Act 1991. As a result the District Plan available below has been updated to include these Plan Changes.

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

Volume Two of the Whangarei District Plan comprises map series. These maps include Environments (zones), overlays and other mapped features and areas referenced in the provisions of Volume One (the District Plan text above). For more information about these map series and to view the maps select the following link:

District Plan changes

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, select the following link:

District Plan Changes

Review of the District 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).  

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]  

Resource Consents

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. 


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