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We need to talk about some proposed changes to the rules in the District Plan

The Hauraki District is growing. While it’s really encouraging to see so much growth and activity in our towns, it brings some challenges too, such as providing opportunities for affordable housing.

To provide options for this growth, we’re proposing some changes to the rules in the District Plan and we want to know what you think. The District Plan affects the way you and your neighbours can use and develop your properties and what rules and requirements apply.

(Note – the proposed changes do not apply to the Kaiaua Coast area that is currently still covered by the Franklin District Plan.)

Overall, the changes we’re suggesting aim to make it easier to subdivide land and build new houses. We’re proposing to have fewer restrictions on residential development and earthworks, and in some cases we’re hoping to make it possible to build additional homes on your property for your parents or extended family to live in if you wish.

Tell us what you think

We want your feedback on these proposed changes from 1 to 30 November 2018

You can share your thoughts with us by making a submission online, or by downloading a submission form, at: Proposed Plan Change 1

You can also collect a form from any of our offices or libraries, and post or email it back to us at:

Hauraki District Council,
PO Box 17, Paeroa 3640;


If you would like a submission form posted to you, please phone us on 07 862 8609 or freephone 0800 734 834 (within the District).

Have a question?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us

P 07 862 8609 or freephone 0800 734 834 (within the District) to speak to our duty planner. 

Want to know more?

More detailed information about these proposed changes and how they might apply to you is available at: Proposed Plan Change 1

Or you can call into one of our offices or libraries to view the information.

The proposed changes in a nutshell

Thinking of subdividing?

Residential subdivision

We’re hoping to make subdivision rules more enabling in the Residential Zones of Waihi, Paeroa and Whiritoa, including reducing the minimum section size.

Thinking of building?

Extra houses on one property

In some areas of Waihi, Paeroa and Whiritoa, and in the Rural Zone, we’re proposing that you’ll be able to apply to build an additional house or minor dwelling on a property, depending on the size of the property.


We’re proposing to make the rules around earthworks more enabling in some areas, including Residential Zones. This will allow you to do more earthworks over a larger area without the need for resource consent.

Storage buildings in the Residential Zones

You’ll be able to build a storage shed for personal residential use on a vacant residential section.

Unsure what zone your property is in?

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Public Notice

View the public notice for Proposed Plan Change 1