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Designations allow public works to be carried out without land use consent. For example, building a new road or school, or new utility infrastructure.
A designation is a kind of “spot zoning" over a certain site, area or route in a District Plan.
Designations can apply to both privately-owned land and land owned by the requiring authority. Designations that apply to privately-owned land enable the requiring authority to make use of the designation, and can restrict what landowners and occupiers can do.
Only Ministers of the Crown, government agencies and network utility operators approved as requiring authorities can seek designations for land.
The authority seeking a designation must give us notice of its intention via a process called a notice of requirement. We then decide if a notice of requirement needs to be notified.
If a notice of requirement is notified this provides an opportunity for submissions to be made in support or opposition of the public work.
Notification, submissions and hearings
Once a designation is in place it is incorporated into our District Plan. This has a similar effect to a zone in the District Plan and will usually include conditions to manage the works.
The authority may also need to submit an outline plan to us or seek an outline plan waiver before starting the public work.
When details of a public work or project on a designated site are provided after the notice of requirement is granted, an outline plan is needed.
An outline plan is not needed if:
An outline plan must show:
We will consider and request any changes to an outline plan within 20 working days.
Other planning approvals application(PDF, 254KB)
The authority may apply for an outline plan waiver if they don’t believe an outline plan is necessary.
We will consider the following:
Use our online form to ask a duty planner or for enquiries.
Book a 20-minute duty planner appointment via phone.
Phone: 09 430 4200
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