Hazards and Esplanade Plan Change Package feedback

The District Plan team are currently considering feedback, please refer to this page for any updates. Feedback closed on 6 May 2022.

Photo of erosion of cliffs at One Tree Point.

Draft Natural Hazards, Hazardous Substances and Esplanade Areas Plan Change Package

Whangārei’s District Plan sets out how land in the District can be used, developed and subdivided.  

We asked the public for feedback on initial drafts of the changes to Natural Hazards, Hazardous Substances, and Esplanade Areas of the District Plan.  

This plan change involves:

  • updating our mapping for coastal hazards, flooding, land instability, mining subsidence and esplanade areas
  • along with reviewing our rules of how land use is managed in these areas.

Hazard chapters of the District Plan are designed to manage the risks of building or developing in hazard areas. The aim is to minimise the potential risk to people and property, now and in the future.

For many properties, the draft plan changes may mean little or no change.

This early engagement gave the public a chance to have their say on these plan changes before we finalise them and formally consult.

Feedback closed on Friday 6 May 2022.

Summary of proposed changes

Coastal Hazards - Plan Change 90 (PC90)

PC90 addresses two types of hazards - coastal erosion and coastal inundation (flooding).

Under the Northland Regional Policy Statement, District Councils are required to incorporate new coastal erosion and inundation hazard maps into their District Plans. The maps identify areas at risk over 50-year and 100-year periods.

The Northland Regional Policy Statement is a regional document that guides how people, businesses and industry can use, develop and protect Northland's resources.

District Councils also have the responsibility to include provisions in the District Plan to manage land use and subdivision within these at-risk areas.

The coastal hazard provisions will manage new and existing subdivision and development within the identified risk areas.

The provisions will support changes in land use that reduce the risk of hazards to people and property, and the maintenance and protection of natural buffers to coastal hazards, such as dune systems.

Draft Coastal Hazards chapter(PDF, 305KB)

Viewing your property hazards

You can view the coastal hazards identified for your property and compare the proposed plan changes to what is in the Operative District Plan.

  1. Open the map
    Coastal Hazards (wdc.maps.arcgis.com)
  2. Search icon with magnifying glass in the middle. Look for the magnifying glass icon. Type your property address into the search bar.
  3. Legend icon with a list in the middle. To see what the different colours on the map means, you can view the legend by clicking the legend icon.
  4. Layers icon with a stack of square items in the middle. To turn some parts of the map on or off, select the layers icon and then toggle each layer on Layer On icon which shows an open eye. or off Layer Off icon which shows a line through an open eye. .

Example of comparative map

Example of a comparative map with the Operative map showing to the left and the proposed map showing to the right,.

Please Note: New maps for coastal erosion, coastal flooding and river flooding were developed by Northland Regional Council using latest technology and we are legally required to use them.  For more information about these maps visit the Northland Regional Council website or contact them directly on 0800 002 004.

Northland Regional Council

Land Instability - Plan Change 139 (PC139)

Whangārei District has large areas of land instability hazards due to its geology and soil type.  Risks of landslides and erosion may further increase due to natural factors, such as water saturation, and due to development factors, such as earthworks, vegetation clearance and buildings.

PC139 seeks to manage the risk of land instability hazards by identifying areas of low, moderate, and high susceptibility to landslides.

Within the hazard areas, the provisions seek to manage earthworks, vegetation clearance, the construction of buildings, and the subdivision of land.

Draft Land Instability Risks chapter(PDF, 246KB)

Viewing your property hazards

You can view the land instability hazards identified for your property. This is a new addition to the District Plan so there is no current comparison.

  1. Open the map
    Land Instability Hazards  (wdc.maps.arcgis.com)
  2. Search icon with magnifying glass in the middle. Look for the magnifying glass icon. Type your property address into the search bar.
  3. Legend icon with a list in the middle. To see what the different colours on the map means, you can view the legend by clicking the legend icon.
  4. Layers icon with a stack of square items in the middle. To turn some parts of the map on or off, select the layers icon and then toggle each layer on Layer On icon which shows an open eye. or off Layer Off icon which shows a line through an open eye.

Flooding - Plan Change 149 (PC149)

PC149 seeks to replace the operative Flood Susceptible Area overlay with the new region-wide river flood maps produced by Northland Regional Council (NRC).  The new flood maps identify three flood scenarios 10, 50 and 100-year flood events.

For questions that relate to the mapping please find more information on the Northland Regional Council’s website.

Flood maps (nrc.govt.nz)

Along with the new flood hazard maps, PC149 seeks to include provisions that manage subdivision, land use and development within the 10 and 100 year Flood Hazard Areas.

The provisions in the draft flooding chapter are directed by the Northland Regional Policy Statement. The Northland Regional Policy Statement is a regional document that guides how people, businesses and industry can use, develop and protect Northland's resources.

Draft Flooding chapter(PDF, 222KB)

Viewing your property hazards

You can view the flood hazards identified for your property and compare the proposed plan changes to what is in the Operative District Plan.

  1. Open the map
    Flood Hazards  (wdc.maps.arcgis.com)
  2. Search icon with magnifying glass in the middle. Look for the magnifying glass icon. Type your property address into the search bar.
  3. Legend icon with a list in the middle. To see what the different colours on the map means, you can view the legend by clicking the legend icon.
  4. Layers icon with a stack of square items in the middle. To turn some parts of the map on or off, select the layers icon and then toggle each layer on Layer On icon which shows an open eye. or off Layer Off icon which shows a line through an open eye. .

Example of comparative map

Example of a comparative map with the Operative map showing to the left and the proposed map showing to the right,.

Please Note: New maps for coastal erosion, coastal flooding and river flooding were developed by Northland Regional Council using latest technology and we are legally required to use them.  For more information about these maps visit the Northland Regional Council website or contact them directly on 0800 002 004.

Northland Regional Council

Mining Subsidence Hazards - Plan Change 152 (PC152)

Coal mining was a major industry in Northland with major coalfields being located at Kamo and Hikurangi.

Hazards such as subsidence and sink holes can arise from the existence of old mines and can place constraints on potential land use and development.

PC152 seeks to retain the existing hazard mapping in these areas and implement provisions relating to earthworks, the construction of buildings, and subdivision of land within these hazard areas.

Draft Mining Hazards chapter(PDF, 146KB)

Viewing your property hazards

You can view the mining hazards identified for your property and compare the proposed plan changes to what is in the Operative District Plan.

  1. Open the map
    Mining Hazards (wdc.maps.arcgis.com)
  2. Search icon with magnifying glass in the middle. Look for the magnifying glass icon. Type your property address into the search bar.
  3. Legend icon with a list in the middle. To see what the different colours on the map means, you can view the legend by clicking the legend icon.
  4. Layers icon with a stack of square items in the middle. To turn some parts of the map on or off, select the layers icon and then toggle each layer on Layer On icon which shows an open eye. or off Layer Off icon which shows a line through an open eye. .

Example of comparative map

Example of a comparative map with the Operative map showing to the left and the proposed map showing to the right,.  

Esplanade Areas – Plan Change 159 (PC159)

PC159 seeks to review the District Plan provisions for taking esplanade reserves and esplanade strips when subdivision occurs adjacent to rivers, streams, and the coast.

PC159 also seeks to review the current Esplanade Priority Areas within the District.

Draft Esplanade Areas chapter(PDF, 129KB)

Viewing your property hazards

You can view the esplanade priority areas identified for your property.

  1. Open the map
    Esplanade Priority Areas  (wdc.maps.arcgis.com)
  2. Search icon with magnifying glass in the middle. Look for the magnifying glass icon. Type your property address into the search bar.
  3. Legend icon with a list in the middle. To see what the different colours on the map means, you can view the legend by clicking the legend icon.
  4. Layers icon with a stack of square items in the middle. To turn some parts of the map on or off, select the layers icon and then toggle each layer on Layer On icon which shows an open eye. or off Layer Off icon which shows a line through an open eye. .

Hazardous Substances – Plan Change 91 (PC91)

Regional and District Councils have historically had an explicit function to control the adverse effects of the storage, use, disposal or transportation of hazardous substances under the Resource Management Act (RMA).

Since this function was first included in the Resource Management Act, the following Acts have been passed:

  • Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (“HSNO Act”)
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (“HSW Act”)
  • The Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (“RLAA”)

As a result of these Acts, many existing Resource Management Act controls on hazardous substances duplicate those in place under other legislation.

The intent of the change to the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 was to ensure councils only place additional controls on hazardous substances if they are necessary to control effects under the Resource Management Act that are not covered by the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms or Health and Safety at Work Acts.

PC91 seeks to review the hazardous substances provisions within this new legislative framework and to remove the District Plan rules relating to hazardous substances.

This approach has been similarly applied in other district plans such as the proposed Porirua, Central Hawkes Bay and Christchurch Plans.

PC91 seeks to include objectives and policies relating to hazardous substances to ensure that any issues are appropriately assessed at resource consent stage.

Draft Hazardous Substances chapter(PDF, 91KB)

Overarching Natural Hazards Chapter - Plan Change 154 (PC154)

The Natural Hazards Chapter includes an overview of the high-level natural hazard issues within the District and includes objectives and policies that apply to all natural hazards.

PC154 does not include any rules or amendments to the District Plan Maps.

The individual hazard sections contain specific issues, objectives, policies, and rules relevant to that hazard. The individual hazard sections also have mapping associated with them.

The provisions for each hazard section only apply within the relevant mapped areas.

Draft Natural Hazards chapter(PDF, 250KB)

Viewing your property hazards

You can view the combined hazards and esplanades identified for your property.

  1. Open the map
    Combined Hazards and Esplanade Areas  (wdc.maps.arcgis.com)
  2. Search icon with magnifying glass in the middle. Look for the magnifying glass icon. Type your property address into the search bar.
  3. Legend icon with a list in the middle. To see what the different colours on the map means, you can view the legend by clicking the legend icon.
  4. Layers icon with a stack of square items in the middle. To turn some parts of the map on or off, select the layers icon and then toggle each layer on Layer On icon which shows an open eye. or off Layer Off icon which shows a line through an open eye. .

Please Note: New maps for coastal erosion, coastal flooding and river flooding were developed by Northland Regional Council using latest technology and we are legally required to use them.  For more information about these maps visit the Northland Regional Council website or contact them directly on 0800 002 004.

Northland Regional Council

Frequently asked questions

For more information, we have put together some frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions