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 close 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.

Have your say

You can make a submission by the following means:

  • Directly into ePlan: View and submit on the Proposed District Plan here.
  • 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”.

Submissions made in forms other than directly onto the ePlan must be written on, or in accordance with, the submission form prescribed by the Resource Management Act 1991 (Form 5).

This submission form is available in a pdf version or in a Microsoft word version. Once you have downloaded the form, you can fill it in, save it, then attach it to an email to

Please note that the pdf version is not editable on your personal device. It has been provided for those who wish to print it off and make a handwritten submission. Copies of this form are also available at the Council Administration Building (16 Cobham Court, Porirua).

Submissions on the new Porirua Proposed District Plan are open from now until 5.00pm Friday the 20th of November 2020. This is your opportunity to have your say and make a submission on any sections that you agree or disagree with and tell us what you would like to see kept or changed. The quickest and easiest way to make a submission is by using our new built-in submissions tool. 

Step 1 

At the top of every page you will find a ‘Make a Submission’ button. Once activated you will be able to select each provision and submit on them one at a time. 

Step 2 

When you click on a section, a pop-up box will appear asking you to provide a summary of your submission. In the ‘Submission’ tab you can choose whether you support, support in part or oppose the selected provision, and tell us your thoughts in the box below. 

Please note that you cannot select the 'Done' button until you have filled out the 'Step 2 Relief Sought' tab.

In the ‘Relief Sought’ tab, you can click on ‘Copy provision’ allowing you to make the relevant amendments, and fill in any additional comments. 

Please note that both tabs must be filled before you can select the 'Done' button and progress any further.

Step 3 

Click the ‘Edit/Submit Submission points button’ at the top of your screen. This will bring you to a review page where you can make any necessary amendments. Please note that submissions do not get saved on this screen. You will need to create an account to save your submission. 

Step 4 

Click the ‘Start submission process’ button, this will take you to our submissions application, where you have the options to register a new account or log in. Registering an account will allow you to submit your points, track the status of any previous submissions and print them off. When creating a new account you will need to log in again after confirming your email address. 

Step 5 

Once logged in you will be able to view, edit, delete or add a new submission point, you can also attach any supporting documents and review options regarding your submission. You can also save your progress as a draft if you are not ready to submit yet. Once you have done this you will receive an email with your unique identifier and a copy of your submission when it has been formally accepted. 

If you have any problems with making a submission, or you would like more information on the Proposed Porirua District Plan please contact us on 04 237 5089. Alternatively, you are welcome to send a submission via email at or by mail to Porirua City Council, PO Box 50218, Porirua 5240.

Key Steps

PDP timeline 3

Public Notification

The Proposed District Plan was publicly notified on 28 August 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

Following the closing date for submissions, Council staff will work 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.  

Understanding the Proposed District Plan

The Proposed District Plan is a complex document and we would welcome the opportunity to help you understand it, including how it may apply to your property or a certain activity. If you would like to make an appointment to talk to a member of our friendly planning team please email or call us on:

Help with making a submission - 'friend of submitters' service

If you would like help making your submission, a ‘Friend of Submitters’ service is available. Emily Bayliss, an independent planner, will be happy to assist you. You can email or call her on:

Emily is an independent, qualified planner who is fully independent and has had no involvement in the Proposed District Plan. 

Emily won’t tell you what to say but can help you understand the process, structure a well-presented submission and lodge it with the Council. Later in the process, Emily can help with preparing for the hearing stage. 

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

A brief introduction from Emily is available here.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, or would like a little more information, or call 04 237 5089.