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.


View or download the Proposed District Plan

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District Plan Review Timeline

District Plan Review Timeline

Public Notification

  • The Proposed District Plan was publicly notified on 28 August 2020 with a call for submissions (see official public notice).
  • Evaluation reports were also notified in line with section 32 of the RMA: section 32 plan evaluation reports.
  • Under the RMA, the Council has a period of two years in which to make decisions on submissions after it is publicly notified.


Submissions close

  • The submissions period closed 5pm Friday 20 November 2020.
  • We had a great response to our call for submissions with more than 270 submissions received, containing just over 4,000 submission points.


👉 Further submissions

  • Summary of Decisions Requested reports were publicly notified on 13 April 2021 (see official public notice).
  • These reports are available on our Submissions and Further Submissions webpage, as well as at Council reception and at all Porirua libraries.
  • The further submission period closed at 5pm on Tuesday 11 May 2021.
  • There will soon be an additional further submission period of 10 working days on a small number of submission points. These will be published in an errata and posted on our Submissions and Further Submissions webpage. Submitters will be advised via email and there will be a public notice placed in the Dominion Post and the Kapi-Mana.
  • Further submissions can only be made on submission points in the errata. We will publish all further submissions in due course.
  • 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's 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

  • Hearings on the PDP will commence from late 2021. They will be conducted by an independent panel of qualified commissioners.
  • At these hearings, independent commissioners will consider all submissions and officers' 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 the 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 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 for assistance please email FriendofSubmittersPDP@poriruacity.govt.nz 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: dpreview@pcc.govt.nz or call 04 237 5089.

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