Proposed District Plan

We’re updating our District Plan to ensure it enables economic and residential growth while protecting the things that make Porirua special.

View the Proposed Porirua District Plan

The District Plan is the rulebook for how land can be used. It applies to every property in the city, and provides the blueprint for how Porirua will grow. It also sets out how we will look after the things in our city that we value. We therefore encourage you to take this opportunity to help shape Porirua’s future.

The Proposed District Plan (PDP) was notified on 28 August 2020 (use Google Chrome for best results)

View the Proposed District Plan online here

Variation 1 and Plan Change 19

The Government has directed all councils to change their district plans to enable 3-storey (medium density) houses in all residential areas, and to identify parts of the city where even taller (high density) buildings can be built. We’ve done this by notifying Variation 1 to the Proposed District Plan and Plan Change 19 to the Operative District Plan on 11 August 2022. You can view these here:

Make a submission

Make a submission on Variation 1 and/or Plan Change 19 here

You can also send your completed submission form to:

  • Email:
  • Post: Proposed District Plan, Environment and City Planning, Porirua City Council, PO Box 50-218, PORIRUA CITY
  • Delivery: Ground Floor, Council Administration Building, Cobham Court, Porirua City, marked “Attention: Proposed District Plan, Environment and City Planning”

For more background information on these changes please view our Variation 1 and Plan Change 19 webpage and key topics and supporting information.

Submissions are now open until 5pm Monday 12 September 2022.

Transitional guidance on the Medium Density Residential Standards

The Medium Density Residential Standards in Part 2 of Schedule 3A to the RMA have immediate legal effect in the Medium Density Residential Zone and High Density Residential Zone. The exception to this is on sites that are subject to a qualifying matter, or are located in a new residential zone.

To assist plan users, Council has prepared the following guidance which applies from 11 August 2022 until decisions are notified in 2023: Transitional Guidance on the Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS)

Friend of the submitter

We understand that RMA processes can be a little daunting so a 'friend of the submitter', Emily Bayliss, will be available throughout the submission period to assist submitters. Emily will continue to be available to help submitters in the lead-up to the hearings.

Emily is a qualified planner who is fully independent and has had no involvement in developing the Proposed District Plan. A brief introduction from Emily is available here.

To contact Emily please email or phone 021 532 284.

The Friend of Submitters service is provided by the Council to remove barriers and foster participation in the Proposed District Plan.

You may also want to check out this guidance note the Government has recently released: guidance note on making submissions under the Amendment Act.

Hearings Portal

Hearings on the PDP commenced in late September 2021. For all hearing-related information please visit our Hearings Portal.

Get in touch

The Proposed District Plan is a complex document and we would welcome the opportunity to help you understand it. If you would like to talk to a member of our friendly planning team please email or call us on: or call 04 237 5089.