IMPORTANT MESSAGE: COVID 19 – The hearing panel have completed 9 hearings using Zoom technology and this has worked very well. Decisions around the venue of Hearings will be made on a case by case basis.

We are currently reviewing the District Plan which sets the rules for how the district’s land can be used, developed and subdivided. The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) requires us to review our District Plan every 10 years.

We have drafted a new District Plan which covers all of the Waikato district, so instead of two District Plans there is one. The Proposed Waikato District Plan is being reviewed in two stages.

We publicly notified the Proposed Waikato District Plan on 18 July 2018. Once fully tested through the RMA process and free of legal challenge, the Proposed Waikato District Plan will become the next Operative Waikato District Plan that will replace the current Waikato and Franklin sections. 

The Minister for the Environment has granted Waikato District Council a 14-month extension of time to give a decision on the Proposed Waikato District Plan.


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