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This page contains information about the Planning Committee, its purpose, terms of reference and Councillor membership.
Updated: 13/11/2013 2:23 p.m.


Councillor G C Innes



Section 41A(5) of the Local Government Act 2002 provides that the Mayor is a member of each committee of the territorial authority


S J Bell, S J Bretherton, C B Christie, P A Cutforth, S J Deeming, S M Glen, C M Hermon, P R Halse, G M Martin, B L McLachlan, S L Morgan and J D T Williamson

Attendance at meetings

The Chief Executive Officer, Group Managers, Department Managers and such other Council Officers as deemed necessary may attend committee meetings.


A quorum for a meeting of this Committee shall be:

  • half of the members if the number of members, including vacancies, is even or,
  • a majority of members, including vacancies, if the number of members is odd.

Delegated authority

The Committee does not have the powers of Council to act in the following instances as specified by Clause (32) Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002:

  • the power to make a rate; or
  • the power to make a bylaw; or
  • the power to borrow money, or purchase or dispose of assets, other than in accordance with the long-term plan; or annual plan; or
  • the power to adopt a long-term plan, annual plan, or annual report; or
  • the power to appoint a chief executive; or
  • the power to adopt policies required to be adopted and consulted on under this Act in association with the Long Term Plan or developed for the purpose of the local governance statement; or
  • the power to adopt a remuneration and employment policy.

The Committee does have the power of Council to:

  • enter into contracts up to a value of $3 million + GST, provided that such contracts are in accordance with the Long Term Plan and Annual Plan.
  • does have the ability to appoint Sub-committees to deal with any matters of responsibility within the Committee’s terms of reference and areas of responsibility and to make recommendations to the Committee on such matters and provided that the Sub-committee shall not have power to act other than by a resolution of the Committee with specific limitations where there is urgency or special circumstances.
  • does have the ability to make decisions in accordance with the Terms of Reference.
  • The powers and functions of council to act in respect of the following:
    • Local Government Act 1974 and Local Government Act 2002
    • Health Act 1956 and Regulations
    • Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996
    • Dog Control Act 1996
    • Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987
    • Building Act 2004
    • Council Bylaws
    • Resource Management Act 1991
    • Food Act 1981
    • Such other legislation relevant to the committee's terms of reference.

Terms of Reference

The approval for public notification of proposed reviews, designations, removal of designations and changes to the District Plan.

To hear and determine objections, appeals and applications as required in respect of the regulatory functions and responsibilities of Council (sub-delegated to the Exemptions and Objections Committee).

Areas of responsibility

  • Environmental health
  • Building control (including property information and Land Information Memoranda)
  • Subdivision, land use and development control
  • District Plan Changes
  • District Plan administration
  • Village planning
  • General Bylaw administration
  • Animal (dog and stock control)
  • Hazardous substances and new organisms control
  • Parking enforcement
  • Noise control
  • Food Act
  • Submissions on relevant legislation
  • Strategic planning and policy related to the issues listed above
  • Community sector liaison and support
  • Community safety, City Safe, CCTV
  • Community funding
  • Community halls
  • Museum / Art Museum liaison
  • Heritage, culture, arts and creative industries sector liaison
  • Such other functions as may be delegated by Council from time to time. 



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