How long will the review take?
Reviewing a District Plan is a major undertaking and investment. A comprehensive review involves a lot of research and can be a complicated and time consuming process. WDC has sought substantial input from stakeholders, mana whenua and our communities throughout this process. The timeframe for achieving a fully operative District Plan depends a lot on the number of submissions that are received and the subsequent appeals. Our best guess is that the new District Plan will be fully in place by 2021-23.
The District Plan has a major role in shaping the future of our communities and greatly affects what you can and cannot do with your land. During the review process there will be opportunities for you to provide input into the process. For example:
- A number of our towns have had specific town concept planning processes undertaken. WDC worked with these communities to help shape their future. The feedback obtained from these town concept plans has been used as part of drafting the new District Plan.
- Many of our landowners may find that their properties are subject to new rules where a landscape overlay, hazard overlay, heritage item or significant natural area is applied. As far as possible, these landowners will be invited to discuss the potential impacts of new rules with us.
- We have been working with the Maniapoto Regional Management Committees, Customary Marine Title Groups, Iwi Authorities and representatives from Waikato-Tainui marae to ensure that the voice of mana whenua is appropriately heard and accounted for.
In the meantime if you want to let us know about something that affects your land, your community or the wider district then please contact us on 0800 932 4357.