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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.

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

Upcoming variation

The Government has directed councils to enable increased housing density in urban areas to help address New Zealand’s housing shortage.

This means we need to change our Proposed District Plan to enable 3-storey houses in all residential areas, and even taller buildings can be built such as within the city centre, local centres and commercial areas, and within walking distance of the city centre, public transport stops and local centres.

We are also proposing to rezone land in the Northern Growth Area for urban development.

To make this happen, Council will notify a variation to its Proposed District Plan making these changes by August 2022.

For more information on these changes please view our Variation webpage.

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.