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We have appointed an independent Hearings Panel to hear submissions on the Proposed District Plan.
There are eight hearing streams in total as outlined in the Hearing Procedures (see a summary in table below).
At this stage, only the dates for the first three hearing streams have been confirmed. The dates for the remaining five hearing streams will be confirmed in due course.
For all hearing-related information please visit our Hearings Portal.
Key dates for Hearing Stream 1 as per the Hearing Schedule are:
Key documents for Hearing Stream 1:
Hearing Stream 1
27 September to 1 October
|Over-arching matters, Plan-wide structural issues, Definitions applying across more than one hearing stream|
Hearing Stream 2
29 October to 15 November
|Natural Environment Values, Tangata Whenua, Papakāinga|
Hearing Stream 3
3 December to 10 December
|Hazards and Risks, Historic and Cultural Values|
Hearing Stream 4
TBC - likely early February to mid-February 2022
|Energy, Infrastructure and Transport, General District-Wide Matters|
Hearing Stream 5
TBC - likely mid-March to late March 2022
|Subdivision (except urban zones), Rural Zones, Open Space and Recreation Zones, Special Purpose Zones|
Hearing Stream 6
TBC - likely mid-April 2022
Hearing Stream 7
TBC - likely early to mid-May 2022
|Subdivision (urban zones), Residential Zones, Commercial and Mixed-Use Zones|
Hearing Stream 8
TBC - likely mid-June 2022
|Interpretation and definitions (not already covered), Any remaining matters, Integration matters|
The Hearings Panel released Minute 1 on 13 July 2021 which set out the draft hearings procedures. The Hearings Panel held a conference at Te Rauparaha Arena on Monday 2 August 2021 to introduce themselves to submitters and to seek their feedback on the draft hearings procedures.
The purpose of the procedures is to facilitate a smooth and effective hearings process for all parties, and they clearly set out the actions required by submitters in preparation for the hearings. It is essential that all parties appearing at the hearings are familiar with the hearings procedures.
Minute 3 released on 26 August 2021 provides interim guidance on how the Hearings Panel proposes to operate hearings under different Covid 19 alert levels.
District Plan hearings processes can be complex and confusing, and the hearings procedures (outlined in Minute 2) provide clear guidance on how the process works and what is expected. Please refer to these in the first instance.
An independent ‘Friend of the Submitter’ service will be available for the duration of the hearings if you need a hand preparing for a hearing or speaking to your submission. Please email or call FriendofSubmittersPDP@poriruacity.govt.nz or call 021 532 284 if you need assistance.
A Hearings Administrator and will be the key point of contact with submitters for all hearings related matters. You can contact the administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (04) 237 3863.
A dedicated Hearings web portal is being set up to host all hearings-related documents, and this will be in place well before Hearing Stream 1 commences. We’ll let you know once this is up and running and will provide guidance on how to use it.