An engaging approach to a District Plan Review achieves success
Horowhenua District Council wanted to review their Operative Plan and prepare a new Proposed Plan. The new District Plan would be a user-friendly document that responds to the current and future development opportunities in the Horowhenua. Our planning team worked together with the Council to help them achieve this.
Initial work focused on reviewing the effectiveness of the Operative Plan and obtaining community feedback on significant new or emerging issues. A series of Council workshops and targeted stakeholder consultation helped inform the Proposed District Plan.
Following notification of the Proposed Plan, we assisted with the preparation of the summary of submissions and officer reports responding to the submissions received. Our planners also attended the hearings in their role as reporting officers.
The team worked on issues relating to urban development (including medium density residential development), rural environment, historic heritage, natural hazards, open space zone, access to waterways, and land transport. This included preparing District Plan provisions, as well as supporting documents such as Design Guides and Section 32 Reports.
The Proposed Plan was made operative in 2015 following resolution of four appeals. The Plan now provides certainty and opportunity for subdivision and development in the Horowhenua.
Statutory planning under the Resource Management Act; policy development, consultation and advice on process, GIS. Included a landscape study which identified the coastal environment, and outstanding natural features and landscapes.