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What is the District Plan?

The Hauraki District Plan is the primary document for the management of the effects of land use and development within the Hauraki District.

The Hauraki District Plan has two sections; Hauraki Section and Franklin Section.

The Hauraki Section became operative on 26 September 2014 and is the result of a review process that included extensive consultation with ratepayers and other interested parties. It addresses issues such as:

  • effects of land use
  • natural hazards
  • noise
  • surface of water activities
  • indigenous biodiversity.

The Franklin Section was added to the Hauraki District Plan when the Franklin area was added to the Hauraki District on 1 November 2010. It became operative on 29 February 2000.

The District Plan provides rules for how landowners and occupiers can build on or develop their land. Depending on which zone(s) your land is located in will determine what activities and development you can do on your property as of right, and those for which you would first need a resource consent. District Plan rules cover matters such as residential, industrial and commercial development, subdivision, noise and the location and height of buildings.

The Plan sits within a wider resource management framework, where regulations, plans and planning documents have been created at the national, regional and district levels.

Which Section to use

Anyone who lives or operates in the Franklin area that is part of the Hauraki District, for example landowners, developers, and builders will need to refer to the Franklin Section.

Those who live in or operate in the rest of the Hauraki District will need to refer to the Hauraki Section.

Hauraki section of the District Plan


Franklin section of the District Plan


Proposed Plan Change 5 - former Paeroa Racecourse

Proposed private plan change to re-zone the land at 29 Thames Road, Paeroa (the former Paeroa Racecourse).


Removal of Designation

The Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited gave notice to Council that it no longer requires:

Designation D1 – Paeroa Automatic Weather Station. (Sited on former Paeroa Racecourse)

The District Plan text has been amended accordingly. The amendment to Map G4 will be undertaken in conjunction with the amendments resulting from Plan Change 5.


Plan Change 4

Plan Change 4 became operative in part on 16 November 2020 and in part on 15 September 2021, except for Items 6a, 93, 21, 43 and 66 which were withdrawn.


Plan Change 1

Plan change 1 became 'operative' on 16 September 2019.