For an overview of the most important regulations, see below:
Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2015-2045
Our community indicated that environmental sustainability should be a top priority. The Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2015-2045 was adopted to identify major environmental sustainability issues for the city and develop actions for responding to these. It also positions us as a leader in environmental sustainability in the community.
Download the Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2015-2045 (PDF 6.27MB)
Long Term Plan
The Long Term Plan sets out the goals for Lower Hutt for the next 10 years and beyond. It considers the environment as part of economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing across all business areas and sets out specific environmental projects and goals.
Read more about our Long Term Plan
The District Plan contains information about the management of natural and built resources and the way land can be used or developed. It is amended by a number of plan changes, often involving environmental measures.
Read more about our District Plan
Local Government Act
The Local Government Act requires all Local Authorities to take into account the need to maintain and enhance the quality of the environment (Section 14).
Download the Local Government Act from legislation.govt.nz
Urban Forest Plan
The Urban Forest Plan sets out objectives and policies for managing vegetation in our bush reserves, urban reserves and street trees citywide. There are three main focus areas in the plan:
- Bush Reserves to protect and maintain native vegetation and to improve the ecological connectivity to support biodiversity.
- Urban Reserves to provide large specimen trees in urban areas.
- Street Trees improving the quality of street trees in Lower Hutt by 2030.
Download the Urban Forest plan (PDF 1.96MB)
For more information view the Urban Forest plan page.
Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan
Water is a fundamental need for people and businesses. We’ll need to manage this resource carefully in the future. A growing population, changing built environment and uncertainty about climate change become important issues.
Our Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan aims to prioritise the management of our water in light of the above. It encourages awareness in the wider community of an issue which is likely to become increasingly important.
The cornerstones of the plan are conservation and efficiency. Conservation refers to doing fewer activities that use water, such as watering the garden less or showering for shorter periods. Efficiency is when we use new hardware or techniques to get the same level of benefits from less water. Examples of efficiency measures are applying mulch to gardens and using low-flow shower heads.
The following six activities are planned for implementation over the next two to three years. They primarily focus on education, informing the community and ensuring provisions are in place to advance conservation and efficiency.
- A community engagement, education and information programme.
- Analysis and publication of Lower Hutt's water consumption figures.
- Engaging retailers and service providers in order to advance water efficiency and conservation goods and services.
- Investigating the scope and options for supporting the implementation of water conservation initiatives.
- Targeting the top 25 commercial users to assist in making their operations more water efficient.
- On-going active leak detection work and cost/benefit analysis for pressure management within the public network.
Download the Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan July 2012 (PDF 472 kb)
Waste Management and Minimisation Plan
The city and district councils of the Wellington region have prepared and adopted a joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. The plan represents a commitment by each of the councils to work together to promote effective and efficient waste management and minimisation. It outlines the strategy for the region, a regional action plan, individual council action plans, and supporting information.
Our action plan includes:
- Participating in and supporting regional waste minimisation initiatives. Including: supporting regional efforts to advocate for product stewardship schemes, increasing the waste levy, strengthening the regulation for clean-fill operators, and licensing of waste operators.
- Continuing existing activities. Including: waste minimisation projects and education/networking with schools and businesses, community waste minimisation events/projects, litter and recycling collections, landfill operation and aftercare, recycling and hazardous waste facilities, wastewater treatment, waste reduction at Council facilities, and on-going monitoring and reporting on waste.
Download the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2017-2023 (PDF 2.4 Mb)