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This page contains information about our District Plan and links to the document and maps.
Updated: 23/01/2018 9:44 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.

Viewing the District Plan

To make the District Plan easier to view, it has been split into chapters and maps.

While viewing the Operative District Plan please note that all provisions highlighted in grey are subject to changes contained the ‘Decision Version’ of the District Plan (down below). In instances where provisions are inconsistent between the Operative and Decision Versions of the District Plan they must both be considered until such a time as the Decision Version becomes operative.

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

Updating the District 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 - July 2017

Select from the following links.  The documents open in a new window.

Memorandum: District Plan Updates - July 2017 [2.18MB]

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:

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. 

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. 

District Plan - Decision Version

On 17 January 2018 Council's Decision on Plan Changes 85 A - D, 86 A&B, 87, 102 and 114 was notified. These Plan Changes include significant alterations to the Operative Plan.

As of this date provisions which are inconsistent between the Operative Plan and these Proposed Plan Changes will be weighted against each other during the processing of Resource Consent Applications.

Submitters have 30 working in which they may lodge appeals with the Environment Court. Provisions not appealed will become operative after this period.

To view more information on the Appeal process, select the following link:

To view the chapters of the Decision Version of the District Plan select from the list  by clicking on the '+' next to each heading in the table below to display the contents of each section.


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