Phase 6 - Di​​​stri​​​ct Wide & Land Stability

Proposed Plan Change 48 – Outstanding natural landscapes & amenity landscape overlay 

Outstanding Natural Landscapes Cultural Assessment Report(PDF, 4MB)

Issues, Objectives and Options - Discussion Paper

This discussion paper has been divided into four parts:

Outstanding Natural Landscapes

To inform this Plan Change, the Council commissioned John Hudson to review the landscapes within Whanganui to identify potential Outstanding Natural Landscapes. This was completed in 2015.  The Council then commissioned Whanganui iwi (who have an interest in all the identified Outstanding Natural Landscapes) to prepare a cultural assessment report to assist the Council in better understanding tangata whenua values, and to identify existing and potential protection mechanisms.  

Part 2:(PDF, 264KB)  Significant Natural Areas

The Council has a responsibility to recognise and protect areas of significant indigenous vegetation and habitats of indigenous fauna (condensed to Significant Natural Areas for this report). 

Part 3:(PDF, 251KB)  Surface of Water

The Council's responsibility to consider the surface of water comes from section 31(e) of the RMA.

Part 4:(PDF, 264KB)  Coastal Environment Special Management Zone

The Council has a responsibility to give effect to the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (NZCPS) which seeks to achieve the purpose of the Resource Management Act (RMA) in relation to the coastal environment.

Outstanding Natural Landscape – technical assessment

The Council recently commissioned landscape architects John Hudson Associates to assess outstanding natural landscape areas listed in the Horizons Regional Council One Plan. This assessment is now complete and identifies areas of scenic amenity and areas of specific outstanding natural landscapes.

In March 2015, the Council identified the Whanganui River valley as an area of high amenity and value to the community with a view to ensuring that this high amenity area be protected from inappropriate development. A map of the proposed draft amenity layer is below:

Amenity Layers – Aerial(PDF, 1MB) Topo(PDF, 4MB) & Zone(PDF, 817KB)

Where the amenity landscape and the outstanding natural landscape areas overlap, it is proposed that the outstanding natural landscape provisions shall apply.

Draft District Plan provisions for Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Amenity Areas(PDF, 136KB)

Draft District Plan maps

Roads Index(PDF, 519KB) Legend(PDF, 1MB) Rural 1(PDF, 69KB)
Rural 2(PDF, 184KB) Rural 3(PDF, 88KB) Rural 4(PDF, 1MB)
Rural 5(PDF, 311KB) Rural 6(PDF, 117KB) Rural 7(PDF, 712KB)
Rural 8(PDF, 967KB) Rural 10(PDF, 259KB) Rural 11(PDF, 1MB)
Rural 11(PDF, 1MB) Rural 12(PDF, 713KB) Rural 14(PDF, 1MB)
Rural 15(PDF, 1MB) Rural 16(PDF, 279KB) Rural 17(PDF, 174KB)
Rural 18(PDF, 2MB) Rural 21(PDF, 389KB) Rural 22(PDF, 511KB)
Urban 12(PDF, 483KB) Urban 18(PDF, 661KB) Urban 32(PDF, 543KB)

Plan Change 47 - LSAA (stage 3) Mowhanau & Roberts Avenue / Paterson Street

Council commissioned Opus Consultants Ltd to complete a series of desktop assessments of the potential risk for land stability hazards in a range of locations.

The report for the Mowhanau and Roberts Avenue / Paterson Street (PDF, 1MB)areas was completed in July 2015.

This Plan Change incorporated sites in the Mowhanau and Roberts Avenue / Paterson Street areas that were confirmed to be moderately or highly likely to be susceptible to land instability hazards, into the Land Stability Assessment Areas (LSAA) overlay on the District Planning maps; to ensure appropriate assessment and regulation of any development on those sites and to protect the property and surrounding area. 

Decision

Plan Change 47 was made operative on Monday 5 September 2016.
Decisions on submissions were notified on Saturday 23 April 2016 and the Plan was amended effective 26 April 2016. The period for lodging appeals closed on 10 June 2016. 

Hearing

The hearing of submissions was held on 16 March 2016.

Notification Documents

Summary of Submissions

The Summary of Submissions was publicly notified on 28 November 2015 and the further submission period closed on 16 December 2015. 

Submissions

Call for submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 10 October 2015 and the submission period closed on 11 November 2015.  

Proposed Plan Change 45 - Natural environment

Since the operative District Plan was drafted in the 1990s, there have been significant changes to how the natural environment of Whanganui is managed. Indigenous forestry is now managed by central and regional government. The ecology values of riparian margins are managed by Horizons Regional Council and the land adjoining the Whanganui River in the urban area has been developed into a national cycle trail.

Plan Change 45 updated the Natural Environment chapter of the Plan. It reviewed the current provisions relating to indigenous forestry, riparian margins and the river margin landscape conservation overlay. A number of the proposed changes were required to give effect to the Horizons Regional Council One Plan.

Decision 

Plan Change 45 was made operative on Monday 21 November 2016.
Decisions on submissions were notified on Saturday 16 July 2016. The period for lodging appeals closes on Tuesday 30 August 2016.

Hearing

The hearing of submissions was held on 17 March 2016.

Notification Documents

Summary of Submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 18 July 2015 and the further submission period closed on 31 July 2015.

Submissions

Call for submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 30 May 2015 and the submission period closed on 30 June 2015.   

Plan Change 44 – Network utilities, parking, loading & vehicle crossings

Since the operative District Plan was drafted in the 1990s, there have been significant changes to society in terms of utilities and onsite transport infrastructure and what are acceptable effects from those activities. Network utilities have evolved to encourage more renewable energy sources and parking now focuses on a range of vehicles including bicycles and mobility parks.

Plan Change 44 updated the network utility, parking and vehicle crossing provisions based on best practice and public feedback. A clarification of the objectives, policies, rules and methods was also considered as part of this Plan Change. 

Decision 

Plan Change 44 was made operative on Monday 21 November 2016.
Decisions on submissions were notified on Saturday 16 July 2016. The period for lodging appeals closes on Tuesday 30 August 2016.

Hearing

The hearing of submissions was held on 17 March 2016.

Notification documents

Summary of Submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 18 July 2015 and the further submission period closed on 31 July 2015. 

Submissions

Call for submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 30 May 2015 and the submission period closed on 30 June 2015.  

Plan Change 43 – District wide

Since the operative District Plan was drafted in the 1990s, there have been significant changes to society in terms of acceptable environmental effects. This Plan Change covers a group of small activities that can occur across the District. They are verandahs, relocated buildings, temporary military training activities, earthworks and beekeeping.

Plan Change 43 updated the district-wide provisions based on feedback received and case law.  A clarification of the objectives, policies, rules and methods were also considered as part of this Plan Change. 

Decision 

Plan Change 43 was made operative on Monday 21 November 2016.
Decisions on submissions were notified on Saturday 16 July 2016. The period for lodging appeals closes on Tuesday 30 August 2016.

Hearing

The hearing of submissions was held on 17 March 2016.

Notification documents

Summary of Submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 18 July 2015 and the further submission period closed on 31 July 2015.  

Submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 30 May 2015 and the submission period closed on 30 June 2015.  

Plan Change 42 – Signage

Signage is an essential part of many activities. However there is the potential through inappropriate size and location for signage to cause adverse effects on traffic safety and local amenity. A review of the signage provisions was undertaken in conjunction with the development of a Signage Bylaw. The Signage Bylaw came in to force on 12 October 2015.

Decision 

Plan Change 42 was made operative on 21 November 2016.
Decisions on submissions were notified on Saturday 16 July 2016. The period for lodging appeals closes on Tuesday 30 August 2016.

Hearing

The hearing of submissions was held on 29 October 2015. 

Notification Documents

Summary of Submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 18 July 2015 and the further submission period closed on 31 July 2015. 

Submissions

Plan Change 41 – Noise

Noise is defined as unwanted sound affecting people and their perceptions of the environment, particularly in urban areas where it affects a significant portion of the population. Within rural areas fewer people may be affected, but the generally lower ambient sound levels found there can mean normally acceptable levels of sound are perceived as more intrusive.

Plan Change 41 updated the noise and vibration measurements in accordance with best practice and recommendations provided by Malcolm Hunt Associates. A clarification of the objectives, policies, rules and methods was also completed as part of this Plan change. 

Decision

Plan Change 41 was made part operative (excluding Performance Standard 17.5.2) on 5 September 2016 and fully operative on Monday 21 November 2016.
Decisions on submissions were notified on Saturday 23 April 2016 and the Plan amended effective 26 April 2016. The period for lodging appeals closed on 10 June 2016.

Hearing

The hearing of submissions was held on 29 October 2015. Awaiting decisions in 2016. 

Notification documents

Summary of Submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 18 July 2015 and the further submission period closed on 31 July 2015.

Submissions

Call for Submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 30 May 2015 and the submission period closed on 30 June 2015.  

Plan Change 40 – Financial contributions

Financial contributions provide developers and Council an opportunity to consider alternative measures to remedy or mitigate the adverse effects of land use change or subdivision. Financial contributions can be in the form of cash, land or works. The purpose is to provide an alternative approach to remedying or mitigating the adverse effects of an activity. 

Plan Change 40 updated the financial contributions section to be consistent with the Local Government Act amendments by identifying the types of effects that financial contributions may be used to mitigate. 

Decision 

Plan Change 40 was made operative on Monday 21 November 2016.
Decisions on submissions were notified on Saturday 16 July 2016. The period for lodging appeals closes on Tuesday 30 August 2016.

Hearing

The hearing of submissions commenced on 29 October 2015 and was completed on 11 February 2016.

Further hearing information for the hearing which reconvened on 11 February 2016:

Notification documents

Summary of Submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 18 July 2015 and the further submission period closed on 31 July 2015.

Submissions

  • Submissions 1-3(PDF, 3MB)
    The Plan Change was publicly notified on 30 May 2015 and the submission period closed on 30 June 2015.

Plan Change 38 – Land stability assessment areas (stage 2)

This Plan Change incorporated sites in the Bastia Hill, Durie Hill and Ikitara Road areas that are confirmed to be moderately or highly likely to be susceptible to land instability hazards, into the Land Stability Assessment Areas (LSAA) overlay on the District Planning maps; to ensure appropriate assessment and regulation of any development on those sites, to protect the property and surrounding area.areas (stage 2)

Plan change 38 was made operative on 12 October 2015.
Decisions on submissions were notified on Saturday 4 July 2015 and the Plan amended effective 6 July 2015. The period for lodging appeals closed on 18 August 2015. 

Hearing

The Statutory Management Committee considered all submissions and evidence presented at a hearing by submitters and the Council's reporting officer on 4 May 2015. 

Notification documents

Summary of Submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 5 November 2014 and the time for lodging further submissions closed on 21 November 2014.
Public Notice(PDF, 24KB)
Summary of Submissions(PDF, 27KB) 

Submissions

Call for submissions

The Plan Change was publicly notified on 10 September 2014 and the submission period closed on 10 October 2014.