District Plan Review

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Waikato District Council’s District Plan Review has been three years in the drafting and is coming to its closing stages.  The review integrates the Franklin and Waikato sections into a single district plan with a consistent approach to development and growth for the first time since the district’s boundary changes in 2010.

Every 10 years Council is required to review its District Plan.

It is important that you share in the District Plan development and inform us on your views on any suggested changes.

Therefore, make sure you talk to your councillors, Community Board and Committee members so Council can collaborate for a better outcome.

View the draft District Plan

Please note: There are a number of sections of the draft District Plan where the content has either not yet been reviewed or the review is incomplete. These are shown as ‘under review’ and are not accessible to the public.  The review of these sections will be completed for notification of the Proposed District Plan in 2018.

Have your say

Give us your feedback on the proposed draft District Plan. Feedback closes 5pm, 22 January 2018.

You can have your say by entering it online:

Click here to have your say

Or download the feedback form (found below)

Open days

A number of open days were held around the district during late November and early December.

Once staff have considered the feedback the District Plan will be notified for public submission during the first part of 2018. 

The next steps in this process include:

  • Consulting with land owners regarding the key parts of the draft plan that will affect them. 
  • Finalising and notifying the draft plan in early 2018.

To read about the work that’s been undertaken as part of the District Plan Review, check out the following stories.

  • heritage and tangata whenua

    Heritage and Tangata Whenua

    07 Nov 2017

    Celebrating the district’s rich Maaori heritage will get a lot easier with the introduction of a stand-alone Tangata Whenua chapter in the Draft District Plan.

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    The natural environment

    07 Nov 2017

    As part of Council's commitment to our natural environment, identification of the district's important landscapes including Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Features and Significant Amenity Landscapes has taken place as part of the District Plan Review.

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    Rural subdivision

    07 Nov 2017

    The Rural Zone is the only place where rural productive activities can generally take place in the Waikato district. For this reason, ongoing subdivision in the rural zone must be carefully managed.

  • Pokeno development

    The district’s built environment

    07 Nov 2017

    Whether you want to create your own slice of paradise in the Waikato District or you want to set up business, there are exciting changes within the draft District Plan.

  • Pokeno housing development

    Planning for growth in the district

    01 Aug 2017

    Household growth rate in Waikato district is expected to surpass Hamilton and match Auckland’s growth rate over the next 26 years.

  • Flour Mill, Ngaruawahia - historic

    Preserving our archaeological heritage

    01 Mar 2017

    A major Archaeological Heritage Project will ensure that nearly 1,400 recorded archaeological sites, and about 150 previously unrecorded sites in the Waikato district, will be mapped and afforded some protection through the Waikato District Plan in the future.

  • Waikato River at Huntly

    Mapping our District’s Outstanding Natural Features

    06 Jan 2017

    From the Hunua Ranges in the north to the volcanic features of Karioi and Pirongia in the south, Waikato District boasts a number of outstanding natural landscapes and landscape features.

  • Rangiriri Hotel, Waikato District

    Recognising our built heritage

    01 Nov 2016

    There is a wealth of historical buildings and structures in the Waikato district according to the heritage consultant who is reviewing our ‘built heritage’ as part of a wider District Plan review.

  • Wright's Bush, Waikato District

    Biodiversity growing in Waikato District

    01 Sep 2016

    After a year-long collaborative process with 4,500 landowners, Waikato District Council has identified about 1,000 ‘Significant Natural Areas’ (SNAs) in the district that need protecting, including wetlands and peat lakes, lowland forest and kahikatea stands, and coastal ecosystems.

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