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.
UPDATE July 2021: A letter and paper was presented to Council on Monday 28 June from the hearing panel requesting that Council seek an extension to the 18 September 2021 decision date deadline. Council approved the request and are currently preparing a letter to the Minister for the Environment requesting an extension to 17 January 2022. Until such time as the minister gives his approval the official date remains at 18 September 2021.
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 will be one. The Proposed Waikato District Plan is being reviewed in two stages.
We publicly notified Stage 1 of the Proposed Waikato District Plan on 18 July 2018, and Stage 2 on 27 July 2020. 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.
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