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Proposed District Plan - FAQs

Further submissions process

A further submission is made either in support of, or opposition to, another person’s submission. They must be limited to the matters that were raised in submissions. It gives you the chance to consider the impact an original submission may have on you, and to have your views considered alongside the original submission.

To make a further submission you must have an interest that is greater than that of the general public, or represents a relevant aspect of the public interest. Some submissions we’ve received are requesting substantial changes to the Proposed District Plan. For example, some are asking that we allow much taller buildings in residential areas, and re-zoning of residential areas to medium or high density.  This is your opportunity to voice your support or opposition to any submission you believe may affect you.

Make a further submission by using the form which can be found on our Submissions and Further Submissions webpage.

These are a summary of the decisions requested by submitters on the Proposed District Plan, they are arranged into two reports 'by submitter' and 'by topic/chapter':

Summary of Decisions Requested by Submitter

Summary of Decisions Requested by Topic/Chapter

The reports are in table format and contain a summary of the ‘decisions requested’ along with relevant commentary. Each decision requested has a unique submission point number, and states whether it supports, supports in part, opposes or seeks amendment to a particular provision. In some cases, the decision requested is not specified.

If you are planning on making a further submission on a decision requested, we encourage you to read the relevant original submission to fully understand the context.

View the summary of decisions requested and original submissions on our Submissions and Further Submissions webpage.

The summary of decisions requested reports can also be inspected in hardcopy at the below locations:

  • Porirua City Council, Administration Building, Cobham Court, Porirua
  • All Porirua libraries

Some submitters have sought a change to the zoning of land, and we’ve identified these in the summary reports under ‘Planning Maps’ and ‘Rezoning’. These decisions requested can affect multiple properties.

Other decisions requested relate to the schedules and overlays e.g. Significant Natural Areas. Some are on specific areas in the District e.g. Whitireia Park.

Decisions requested may also relate to rules that apply across the city that may affect your property e.g. a rule about the height of buildings in the General Residential Zone.

You are not required to make a further submission. If you made an original submission that submission still stands.

However, this is an opportunity to submit on other submissions. This is important as you may wish to support or oppose other decisions requested.

A copy of your further submission must be served on the original submitter within 5 working days after it is served on the Council, using this submitter contact list.

The summary reports are complex and we would welcome the opportunity to help you understand them.

You can make an appointment to talk to a member of our friendly planning team. Please email or call: ph 04 237 5089

If you would like help making a further submission, an independent ‘Friend of the Submitter’ service is available. Please email or call ph 021 532 284


The District Plan shapes our future both as a community and individually. It regulates what we can and can’t do on our properties and also influences how our district will look in coming years – for instance, where to expect more housing, business and industrial development and how we’ll protect and manage special places like our coastline and heritage items. It ensures well planned and organised growth and gives the community, business and property owners a greater level of certainty about what they can do, and where.

Under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) every local authority in New Zealand must have a District Plan.

There are a variety of ways the District Plan affects you. If you own land, the District Plan controls what type of activities you can do on that land. For example, what you can build and how high, and certain aspects of design. It also controls things like whether you can subdivide land and how much noise you can make. District Plan zoning determines what can happen next door and in your neighbourhood.

Release of the Proposed District Plan gives you the opportunity to have your say and potentially influence how the new District Plan might manage these things in the future.

The Operative District Plan was made operative in 1999. Our City has changed a lot since then and our current plan is out of date. We are also required by law to review our District Plan every ten years.

The Government has also amended legislation and introduced many new national policies and regulations in recent years that we must give effect to through our District Plan.

Some sections of the District Plan have immediate legal effect. These are the sections on Historic Heritage, Sites of Significance to Maori and Significant Natural Areas.

There is a submissions and hearing process to go through before the plan is fully operative with all sections taking immediate legal effect, and this typically takes at least two years (i.e. not until 2022).

A rule in a proposed plan generally has legal effect once a decision on submissions relating to the rule is made by the council and it is publicly notified.

Look at the Proposed District Plan maps. You can find these on our ePlan.

Rules relating to subdivision and minimum allotment size are found in the subdivision chapter. This is located in Part 2: District Wide Matters. SUB-S1 has a list of minimum lot sizes depending on what zone you are in.

It is important to note that all subdivision requires resource consent. However, there is a spectrum of consents ranging from controlled to non-complying. Broadly speaking, controlled is the most straight forward resource consent to apply for as these must be granted by Council, whereas non-complying is where subdivision is generally being avoided, and consents are only granted in exceptional circumstances.

If you want to create lots smaller than this minimum, see the relevant rule in the subdivision chapter for what type of consent is required. You should also check if your property has any other planning considerations such as landscapes, significant natural areas or natural hazards as this may change what type of consent is required.

For instance:

  • Creating lots 2ha in size in the Rural Lifestyle Zone is generally a controlled activity
  • Creating lots 2ha in size in the Rural Lifestyle Zone within a Special Amenity Landscape would be a discretionary activity
  • Creating lots 2ha in size in the Rural Lifestyle Zone where a building platform is to be built in a stream corridor would be a non-complying activity.

District Plans require a large amount of evidence and technical information to support their direction and provisions. This information can be found on our supporting information webpage.

You can print the Proposed District Plan by using the print function at the top left hand corner of each chapter e.g.: Subdivision Chapter

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You will have the option to either print specific chapters or the full Plan. If you have any issues printing feel free to get in touch via email -

This is a report that evaluates the costs and benefits of the proposed District Plan, as required by section 32 of the RMA. A separate evaluation report has been written for each topic. The reports help plan readers understand why a particular approach was taken to a topic. It is also a record of the decision-making process, and shows how the approach to a topic has been developed.

A recent Government commissioned report recommended that the Resource Management Act be repealed and replaced, which would mean plans prepared under it (including District Plans) would need to be replaced also. The Government has yet to advise on next steps, and the process of replacing the RMA is likely to take several years and with a long transition period to a new regime. The District Plan is therefore likely to be in place for several years to come. 

A District Plan is a planning framework that sets out the objectives, policies and rules for how land can be developed, used and managed and applies to all public and private property. It is prepared in accordance with the Resource Management Act, and is not a plan setting out what projects Council will be undertaking or what activities Council will be investing in. 

The Long Term Plan sets out the projects and activities Council will be undertaking and investing in based on priorities, and how we expect to fund these activities over the next 20-years. A Long Term Plan is a requirement under the Local Government Act and is updated every three years in consultation with the community and stakeholders. Councils are also required to produce Asset Management Plans (AMPs) and an Infrastructure Strategy which in turn inform the Long-term Plan.

Annual plans are produced every year between long-term plans. Annual plans give us the opportunity to refresh information and budgets for the coming year, and include the setting of rates.