The District Plan controls the way land is used and subdivided in the District and what natural and cultural features should be protected.
View the District Plan
We are currently operating under two District Plans. The Operative District Plan became fully operative in 2010. TCDC must review the District Plan every 10 years and the current District Plan review has been underway since 2012. We now have a Proposed District Plan, this is the new District Plan but it has some areas that are still subject to appeal (legal challenge). The areas that are still subject to appeal are highlighted in red text in the Proposed District Plan, this is to indicate that the Operative District Plan rules may still apply and, in this instance, please contact Customer Service 07 868 0200 for further guidance.
The District Plan Portal houses the following tools that will help you access and navigate the District Plans:
An electronic version of both the Operative District Plan and the Proposed District Plan (Appeals Version) which are searchable and printable. Click here to go to "The Plans".
Line of Enquiry
An easy step-by-step process, Line of Enquiry searches the Proposed District Plan using a property address or a zone as a starting point. The relevant "rules" are then extracted and provided in a printable document, e.g. rules for building a house, subdividing a property or rules that apply to a zone or overlay. Line of Enquiry also shows the Planning Maps for the selected property generated in SMART MAPS. Click here to search on a Property or Zone.
SMART Maps is TCDC's web mapping application that allow you to explore a collection of focused maps (3Waters, Community, Property, Planning, Civil Defence) that contain a wealth of spatial data. Click here to access SMART Maps.
District Plan Review Timeline
The links in the timeline will take you to information and documents relevant to each stage of the review.
||Without prejudice meetings, Environment Court assisted mediations and hearings
|Current Annotated Version
||Proposed District Plan Appeals Version (Annotated)
||s293 consultation - CEL & NCO publicly notified
||Variation 2 - Whitianga Airfield Decision notified
||Variation 2 - Whitianga Airfield publicly notified
||Proposed District Plan Appeals Version released
||Council's decisions on submissions publicly notified
||Further submission period on Variation 1 closed
||Submissions on Variation 1 closed
||Variation 1 - Natural Character publicly notified
||Natural Character provisions withdrawn
||Further Submissions closed
||Submission period closed
||Proposed District Plan publicly notified
||Comments closed on Draft District Plan
||Draft District Plan released for comment
||Operative District Plan sealed