where are we now?
The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) requires all councils to start a review of their District Plan 10 years after it was made operative. The RMA requires the District Plan to sustainably manage the natural and physical resources of the District to meet the needs of current and future generations and to provide for their social, economic and cultural well-being and for their health and safety.
Reviewing the District Plan involves looking at the Plan we’ve got now. Does it need changing? Are there new issues to deal with? Or new rules from parliament we have to put in our Plan? The answer is, YES, there are new issues to look at and new rules and regulations to obey.
We have completed Stage 2 where we looked at some of the big issues and asked for your ideas and feedback. The District Plan Review Discussion Document set out the issues and ways we could deal with them in the Plan. We had over 200 items of feedback from the community in response to the discussion document.
Part of this included targeted community engagement where we met with coastal communities to discuss natural and coastal hazards. We also engaged with affected landowners with the aim of ensuring they are aware of any changes to the status of their land and to encourage awareness and understanding of the District Plan Review in the wider community.
Public engagement on the Oamaru, Weston and Kakanui Spatial Plan will be considered by Council and the adopted Spatial Plan will inform some of the policy direction of the district Plan.
We are nearly ready to release the Draft District Plan for consideration by the community.