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Plans and Strategies

This page contains links to our environmental and business planning and strategy documents, including the District Plan and the Long Term Plan.
Updated: 14/01/2019 9:42 a.m.

Annual Plan

An Annual Plan is produced in the years when the Council does not prepare a Long Term Plan (LTP). It can be described as a 'steady as you go' plan.

The purpose of the Annual Plan is to fine tune the costs and funding from that originally proposed in the Long Term Plan.

Follow the link below for full information.

Annual Report

The Annual Report sets out what we have done in that year (1 July to 30 June), why these things were done, how well we did, what they cost and how they were paid for.

It is effectively our ‘report card’; the way in which we are accountable to the community and shows our overall financial position and performance.

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District Plan

The District Plan is our primary planning document for managing the effects of land use development in the district in a sustainable way.

Follow the links below for full information.

District Plan

Long Term Plan (LTP)

The 2018-28 Long Term Plan sets out what work and projects the community wishes us to prioritise over the next 10 years.

Follow the link below for full information.

Long Term Plan

Whangarei Growth Strategy

The Whangarei Growth Strategy is our strategic planning document to manage future growth and development in the district over the next 30-50 years.

Follow the link below for full information.

Coastal Planning

Council has an ongoing Strategic Planning Programme which aims to provide long-term guidance for the management of the district's coasts and beaches for the benefit and enjoyment of all.

This includes the Coastal Management Strategy which contains nine specific study areas and a detailed Structure Plan has been developed for each area.

Follow the link below for full information including structure plans and the Coastal Management Strategy.

Rural Planning

In 2010, we began developing a Rural Development Strategy (RDS) to implement the policy direction established in the Growth Strategy: Sustainable Futures 30/50.

The aim of the strategy is to examine the rural issues that are relevant to this district and create a strategic vision for the role we want our rural environments to play in the future.

Follow the link below for full information including the Whangarei Growth Strategy.

Urban Planning

Our urban planning approach for Whangarei is a framework of related strategies and projects designed to:

  • improve the urban environment
  • aid future planning and development
  • ensure that growth and development is sustainable.

The prime strategy is the Urban Growth Strategy which was commissioned in 2002. It identified a number of urban development issues around Whangarei City that needed addressing by Council and the community.

Follow the link below for full information including the Urban Growth Strategy, structure plans, Urban Design and the Central City Development.

Sustainable Futures 30/50

The 'Whangarei District Growth Strategy: Sustainable Futures 30/50' is our strategic planning document, which was produced in response to growth in the district over the period 2001-2008. It was adopted by Council in 2010.

Follow the link below for full information including the Whangarei Growth Strategy, population growth model, research and reports.

Sustainability Strategy

The purpose of the Sustainability Strategy is to set a decision-making framework and identify actions.

The intention is for this strategy to look at sustainability holistically.

Acknowledging climate change is a serious environmental issue, mitigation is a key component of this strategy.

The initial actions focus on raising awareness and then reducing our climate change impact

Follow the link below for full information including the Sustainability Strategy.

State of the Environment

It is mandatory for Council to monitor and report on the 'state' of the environment in the Whangarei district at an appropriate level so that we can carry out our functions under the Resource Management Act (RMA).

Our environmental Monitoring Strategy provides a framework for the development of a comprehensive, integrated environmental monitoring programme so that we have a consistent approach to resource management and environmental planning.

Our State of the Environment reports provide a range of information on significant existing issues which have been identified in the District Plan. They also identify new significant issues and trends which we need to respond to through our planning processes.

Follow the link below for full information including the Monitoring Strategy and reports.

Genetic Engineering

The Inter-Council Working Party on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Risk Evaluation and Management Options was established to respond to community concerns in the Northland region about GMOs.

The Far North, Whangarei, and Kaipara District Councils, Auckland Council and Northland Regional Council are represented on the working party.

Follow the link below for full information including the Plan Change, reports and the poll results.

Walking and Cycling Strategy

The Walking and Cycling Strategy provides:

  • the framework and priorities for the development of a connected urban walking and cycling network;
  • increasing participation in walking and cycling, both for recreation and active commuting; and
  • for the development of rural cycling routes that enable our communities to leverage economic benefit from the growing cycle-tourism market.

Follow the link below for full information and to read the strategy.



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