We’re in the early stages of reviewing and updating our district plan – the city’s main document for managing land use and development. It's a complex job and we’re expecting it will take up to four years before the new district plan becomes operative.
Over the next few months, we'll give you more information about the review. While there will be opportunities for formal submissions during the review, we'll also be asking you what you want for your city and what’s important to you about how Lower Hutt develops.
Have your say
The first round of engagement has started. We're keen to get your ideas, concerns and suggestions and hear what’s important to you about how our city develops over the next 30 years or so.
You can share your views and ideas and fill out the surveys on Have Your Say.
What is the district plan?
The district plan affects the lives of every resident in many ways, including:
- How Lower Hutt will look, feel and operate in the decades ahead
- How we care for the environment and protect our natural and historic heritage
- Housing availability and affordability
- How we manage the effects of natural hazards
- Whether you can build a second house or tiny home on your land, what your neighbours can do on their land, and whether a business can set up next door.
The new district plan
The new district plan will reflect council’s vision of making Lower Hutt a city where all people can thrive. The review provides an opportunity to take a fresh look at how we want our growing city to evolve, how we manage development and address environmental issues, while ensuring economic health and wellbeing.
Council believes active and meaningful engagement with the public and stakeholders is crucial to developing a new district plan that will be endorsed by the community, and one that truly takes into account the unique needs of the city’s people, its land and resources. Council is taking a partnership approach with mana whenua throughout the review to ensure their views and aspirations are fully considered.
The current district plan
Lower Hutt’s district plan became operative in 2003. The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) requires councils to review their district plans every 10 years. There has been a rolling review of Hutt City Council’s district plan, but around half of its chapters are yet to be reviewed.
What does the review cover?
The review will cover parts of the District Plan and involves a wide range of issues - here are the key areas:
For a full list of issues to be covered, see the District Plan.
Phase 1 2020 to late-2021
- Council undertakes research, evaluates current district plan
- Key topics – historic and cultural heritage, urban form and residential development, natural hazards and the natural environment
- Council begins extensive discussions with the community, mana whenua and stakeholders seeking their thoughts, ideas and concerns on issues covered by the district plan
- Development of new draft district plan
Phase 2 Early 2022 to Mid-2022
- Draft district plan released and public consultation on the draft begins (subject to the outcomes of resource management legislation reforms)
- Review feedback from public and stakeholders
- Finalise proposed district plan
Phase 3 Late-2022 to Mid-2024
- Notification of proposed district plan
- Formal public consultation and submissions
- Followed by public hearings and final decision on the plan
Phase 4 Mid-2024 onwards
Environment Court Appeals.
Frequently asked questions
For more information on the district plan review check out the frequently asked questions.
You can contact our District Plan team at firstname.lastname@example.org