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Plan Change 1 to the Hauraki District Plan

The purpose of Plan Change 1 (the Plan Change) was to remove impediments to affordable residential development and to provide for affordable housing options in a sustainable manner.

To achieve this, the District Plan has been changed so that there are fewer restrictions on development within some areas of the District through: amendments to the current subdivision and development standards for the residential zones, provision for minor dwelling units in the residential and rural zones, and less restrictive earthworks standards for the urban zones.


Proposed Plan Change 1: Rule Plan Change was publicly notified on 1 November 2018 with submissions closing on 30 November. A total of 34 submissions were received. Further submissions were called for on 15 February and closed on 1 March 2019. Only two further submissions were received.

The Council delegated its authority to a Hearings Committee to hear, consider and recommend decisions on submissions to the Hauraki District Council.

The hearing of submissions on Proposed Plan Change 1 took place on 9 May 2019 and subsequent to the hearing, the Report and Recommendation of the Hearings Committee was approved by the Council, on 26 June 2019.

The Council’s decision on submissions and further submissions was publicly notified on 12 July 2019 and appeals to the Environment Court were open to submitters until 23 August 2019.  No appeals to the Environment Court were lodged.

At its meeting on 28 August 2019 the Council approved changes to the District Plan arising from Plan Change 1 which became operative from 16 September 2019.


Plan Change 1 Documents

The following documents are relevant to the Plan Change 1 process:

Council Decision:
Hearings Committee Report and Recommendation
Hearing Reports:
Plan Change 1 Documents