The District Plan provides a regulatory process for implementing policies prepared under Council’s LTCCP and Activity Management Plans and under the Resource Management Act. The Council's intent of the District Plan is to provide for a vibrant District that provides for its natural and cultural environment and appropriately utilises Council infrastructure.
The first part of the District Plan sets out the key objectives of the Plan and the policies to achieve those objectives. The District is then divided into “Policy Units” or zones, which outline specific performance standards in set communities within Westland. There are also rules that apply across all zones listed in Part 6 and 8. Subdivision similarly has its own section. The Plan usually states what is a “permitted activity”, which is what can be undertaken without a consent. If an activity is not permitted then the District Plan outlines what status that activity will have and what matters the proposal will be assessed against.
District Councils are currently required to ensure that each section of the Operative District Plan is reviewed once every 10 years. It is also very useful to continually review the District Plan to ensure that the values and provisions of the Plan reflect the aspirations of the community. The current District Plan has been Operative since June 2002 and subsequently the Westland District Council has begun a review of the current District Plan provisions to achieve the ten year statutory deadline.
An Issues and Options paper has been produced by the Planning and Regulatory Committee in response to feedback received. This paper seeks to summarise the key points from the initial stage of consultation into key resource management issues and sets out options to begin to address these issues. This paper is set at a high level and is intended to be a starting point for public comments and debate.
If you have a question about the Plan, please contact one of the Council Planners on 03 756 9010 or contact the Council.
The Westland District Plan is available online here, or at the PDF link below.