District Plan

The district plan directs how we change, develop and use our environment, as well as our obligations for protecting and safeguarding it for future generations.

The Porirua City District Plan came into operation on 1 November 1999.  

What is the District Plan?

The Porirua District Plan is a document that manages the balance between development and use of the environment, while protecting and safeguarding it for future generations.  It sets a framework for land-use planning, and imposes provisions and rules to protect it.  We are required to prepare a District Plan under the Resource Management Act.

District Plan sections. All files are in pdf format. Most are less than 100KB.

Cover Page 

Operative Sealing 

Table of Contents  

A Introduction   

B Significant Issues   

C Objectives and Policies 

D Guide to the Maps and Rules  

E Financial Contributions 

F Information to be Supplied  

G Cross Boundary Issues   

H Car Parking Vehicle Movements & Roads  

HH Historic Heritage 

I Hazardous Facility Screening Procedure  

J (Removed by Plan Change 15) 

K Designations  

L Monitoring  

M Interpretation  

NU Network Utilities 

Z Ngāti Toa Claim Settlement and Appendix Cover 

Updates to the District Plan are recorded in the Update Schedule.
Section 1 Ngāti Toa Claim Settlement was added on 21 January 2015.

Minor corrections have been made under delegated authority and incorporated into the Operative Plan.

Reviewing the District Plan

Consultation on ecology and landscapes 

We are currently engaging with the community on ecology and landscapes as part of the District Plan review. We’re working with ecologists, landscape specialists and landowners to identify important sites in Porirua. Please visit our ecology and landscapes page for more information about this process. 

Consultation on coastal hazards and resilience 

We are currently engaging with the community on coastal hazards as part of the District Plan review. Through robust research and consultation with the community, we want to ensure that the District Plan helps us to build resilience in Porirua to coastal hazards. Please visit our coastal hazards and resilience page for more information about this process. 

What we've done so far

The District Plan is being reviewed in partnership with Ngāti Toa.

We had great engagement from the community in our first stage of informal consultation that ran from 16 October to 24 November 2017 in the Make your mark campaign.

Our aim was to check that we had a good understanding of citywide issues so we can draft a relevant and practical new plan.

During consultation we had face to face contact with around 700 people, received 197 pieces of written feedback, there were 4820 website pages views, 347 hand drawn submissions and lots of verbal comments that were gathered in note form.

Here's what you told us

Overall the key messages we heard from you were:

  • strong support for diverse housing options, affordable housing and acceptance of the need to grow
  • a reluctance to see low density sprawl as the future growth model, instead supporting a move into medium density intensification and increasing height limits in the CBD 
  • strong support for the protection of the harbour through planning tools (these could be based on the principles of water sensitive urban design and storm water neutrality) 
  • an interest on the road revocation and Transmission Gully changes around how that will change their place both in terms of the risks and opportunities 
  • overall strong support for non-vehicular modes of transport and better public transport 
  • support for the risk-based approach to natural hazards and the hazards of most concern were earthquakes, flooding and slips 
  • mixed responses to the industrial zone idea in Pāuatahanui. The tension sits between economic and employment opportunities with rural character and harbour health protection 
  • concern around protecting landscape backdrops 
  • a desire for a review of parking provisions 
  • keen support for a focus on a regulatory incentives approach for vegetation protection backed by penalties if required.

Find out more about the six key themes and issues we identified for the Make your mark  informal consultation campaign

What happens next

Our aim is to have a draft District Plan ready for consultation in October 2018.  We then hope to notify a proposed plan in 2019 and have an operative plan in 2020 subject to the outcomes of hearings.

Plan changes

Plan change # Description Operative Date
17 Aotea Supermarket Zone 8 April 2015
16 Network Utilities 24 October 2016
15 Historic Heritage 31 March 2014

Council has processed 17 plan changes since the District Plan became operative on 1 November 1999.

Our most recent three plan change files are listed below:

Past plan changes are listed below.  If you wish to receive a copy of these changes, please contact our Customer Services Centre on (04) 237 5089.

Plan change # Description Operative Date
14 Aotea Block - Rezoning of Business Park Zoned Land to Suburban Zone 15 March 2011
13 Westside Industrial (Stage 3) 26 May 2011
12 Open Space Zone 1 March 2012
11 Minor Earthworks 1 July 2011
10 Suburban Zone, Residential Infill, Amenity Management and Miscellaneous Minor Amendments 1 July 2011
9 withdrawn 11 March 2008
8 Recreation and Open Space Zone 9 March 2010
7 Wind Farms 4 February 2013
6 Judgeford Hills Zone 5 December 2008
5 Aotea Mixed Use Policy Area and Suburban Shopping Centre Area 20 October 2004
4 Baxters Knob Commercial Recreational Policy Area 20 October 2004
3 Medium Density Residential Policy Area 20 October 2004
2 Business Park Zone 19 January 2005
1 Above Ground Network Utility Lines 18 October 2006

Purchasing the District Plan

Individual sections of the District Plan can be downloaded from the links above. Please note that the official version of the District Plan is the hard copy version.  Legally correct, registered and updated copies of the District Plan held at Council; and in Council libraries and the National Library.

Copies of the Porirua City District Plan are available for purchase at a cost of $250.00 (GST inclusive). Postage will be additional. We do not provide an updating service for these copies. 

Other relevant plans

We have other relevant plans which may be of interest to you.

Northern Growth Area Structure Plan

Pāuatahanui-Judgeford Structure Plan

Landscape Management Strategy