Supporting information

The District Plan requires evidence and technical information to support its direction and provisions. Below are some of these although we are still gathering evidence to inform the notification of the Proposed District Plan next year.

Rural zones

We are proposing to split the existing rural zone into three zones:

  • a revamped Rural Zone that protects rural character and manages rural activities 
  • a new Rural Lifestyle Zone, which enables rural lifestyle subdivision and development 
  • a new Settlement zone for Pāuatahanui Village to recognise and provide for commercial properties and protect Village character. 

Design Guides

Design guides provide guidance to developers and the community and ensure high-quality developments and outcomes. They will be used when resource consents are processed and contain a number of objectives (outcomes) sought and guidance on how to achieve the desired outcomes. 

Urban design advice on rules and standards 

This report provides a review of draft development controls, and recommendations for amendments.  It includes an analysis and modelling of built forms.

Medium Density Residential Zone 

We are proposing to create greater housing choice and affordability within the District Plan by introducing a medium density residential zone. You can read more about this on our compact and livable city webpage

Water Sensitive Design for Stormwater

Wellington Water has released a guideline for water sensitive design for stormwater which will be referenced in our Proposed District Plan. 


We have been working with our heritage experts to reassess currently scheduled buildings and sites across Porirua to ensure they still meet the necessary criteria to be listed in the District Plan.

Landscapes and coastal environment 

We have been working with experts to undertake draft evaluations of our important landscapes and coastal environment. In 2019 further work was carried out to review and update the 2018 Landscape Evaluation and incorporate Ngāti Toa values. You can read more about this on our ecology and landscapes webpage

Coastal hazards 

We have held three rounds of coastal hazard community workshops in Titahi Bay, Plimmerton, Pukerua Bay, Pauatahanui and Paremata which were led by our coastal hazard experts Jim Dahm and Bronwen Gibberd. These workshops have helped to inform our final coastal hazards report. You can read more about this on our coastal hazards webpage

District Plan review and Growth Strategy Engagement 

We worked with the community in the 2017 Make Your Mark campaign, the 2018 draft objectives and policies consultation, and the Growth Strategy consultation. All this feedback has helped to inform the full draft District Plan.