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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.

The Proposed District Plan (PDP) was notified on 28 August 2020 (see official public notice). Submissions closed 5pm Friday 20 November 2020.

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.

You may view or download the Proposed District Plan here. The Proposed District Plan opens best in Google Chrome.

You may view or download the section 32 plan evaluation reports here.

The Proposed District Plan can also be inspected at the Council Administration Building (16 Cobham Court, Porirua), or at any Porirua library.

Key Steps

Public Notification

The Proposed District Plan was publicly notified on 28 August 2020. Submissions closed 5pm Friday 20 November 2020.

Under the RMA, once a Proposed District Plan is publicly notified the Council has a period of two years in which to make decisions on submissions. 

Summary of submissions

Since the closing date for submissions, Council staff have been working through all submissions to create a summary of submissions report. This document will be publicly notified along with copies of all of the submissions in early 2021.

These documents will be available on our website, as well as at Council reception and at all Porirua libraries.

Further submissions

Once we’ve notified the summary of submissions report, we will call for further submissions. 

This is not a call for new submission points, but an opportunity to support, oppose or comment on someone else’s submission.  We will let the public know who can make a further submission and how to do this when we reach this stage.  

When we have received all further submissions, our planning team will begin considering all of the submissions received in detail. We will then produce a series of Officer Reports based on topics with recommendations regarding the submission points made and decisions sought.     

This process will take a few months and may involve meetings with submitters to further understand their points. 


Hearings on the PDP will take place from mid-2021. They will be conducted by an independent panel of qualified commissioners.

At these hearings independent commissioners will consider all submissions and Officer recommendations. 

Again, this process will take several months. We will let submitters know when we reach this stage and how they can speak to their submission at a hearing.  

Friend of Submitters Service

We understand that RMA processes can be a little daunting so a 'Friend of Submitters', Emily Bayliss, has been available through the submission period to assist submitters. Emily will continue to be available to help submitters in the lead-up to the hearing.

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 for assistance 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

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.