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Have we got it right? Proposed District Plan now out

13 December 2013

Have we got it right? That's what we want to find out about our Proposed District Plan, which is now out for formal submission from 13 December through to 14 March 2014.

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If you own a property or land, or have an interest in land in the Coromandel you could be affected by changes in the Proposed Thames-Coromandel District Plan.

"You should now take a look at the Proposed Plan to see what it means for you," says District Plan Manager Leigh Robcke.  "There are many differences between the Operative Plan and the Proposed Plan.

Changes being proposed.

  • New legislative requirements have been incorporated from the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement, the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act, the Proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statement and amendments to the Resource Management Act;
  • Objectives and policies have changed (Refer to policy and rules section in the Proposed Plan)
  • The structure and layout of the Plan is different (Refer to to Section 1 of the plan - Layout of Proposed Plan)
  • Zones, rules and standards have changed; (Refer to the planning maps in the Proposed Plan)
  • Zoning of some properties is different to the Operative Plan; (refer to planning maps in the Proposed Plan)
  • Use of split zoning has been reduced. A site previously may have had two zones over eg coastal and rural. This site will now be zoned solely rural.
  • The number of site development plans and structure plans has been reduced; (refer too Part 5 of the Proposed Plan) 
  • Some designations from the Operative Plan have been modified, some have been brought over without change.
  • Beach Amenity areas and rules may now apply to properties in this zone. For an eg look at Pauanui Beach here (refer too 29E Overlay in the Proposed Plan)
  • High voltage transmission lines are now shown as broken red lines on the planning maps. Rules managing activities near it are also shown on the planning maps. For an eg click here (refer to 36 Overlay Puriri in the Proposed Plan)
  • There's new hazardous substances and contaminated land rules (refer to section 36 in Proposed Plan)
  • Rezoning of Stage 1 of the Kopu-Thames Structure Plan, including introduction of 'Kaiwhenua'  (the severance land by the Kopu Bridge); (refer to structure plan part 5 in the Proposed Plan)
  • Removal of the Coastal Zone and replacement with the Coastal Environment Overlay (refer to coastal environment overlay to  Section 7 of the Proposed Plan) and Rural Zone (refer to rural zone to section 25 in the Proposed Plan)
  • Introduction of the Council's reviewed Code of Practice for Subdivision and Development
  • New Historic Heritage areas and some Historic Heritage Items added and some removed. (refer to appendices 1 in Proposed Plan)
  • Protection for new archaeological areas.  (refer to appendices 1 in the Proposed Plan)
  • Inclusion of Māori cultural sites confirmed by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. (refer to to appendices 1 in the Proposed Plan)
  • Policy guide to settlement development and growth. (refer to section 15 in the Proposed Plan)
  • A new approach to managing biodiversity and indigenous vegetation. (refer to section 6 in the Proposed Plan)
  • A revised schedule and rules for Significant Trees. (refer to appendix 3 in the Proposed Plan)
  • New overlay rules addressing Landscape and Natural Character. (refer to rules section 32 in the Proposed Plan)
  • Natural hazards policy and rules for coastal erosion, flooding and tsunami. (refer to section 10 in the Proposed Plan)
  • Amended subdivision rules. (refer to rules section 38 in the Proposed Plan)
  • New earthwork rules. Once you've established the zone you're in the earthworks rules are also included within that section.
  • Rules enabling festivals and events in certain locations throughout the District. Once you've established what zone you're in the rules for enabling festivals and events are included within that section.
  • Reframed rules relating to visitor accommodation, which includes holiday home rentals, home/farm stays and lodges. Once you've established what zone you're in the rules for visitor accommodation is included within that section.
  • Papakainga development is enabled on Maori land i.e. land administered by the Maori land court) (refer to to section 33 in the Proposed Plan)

Consultation on the 'Draft' District Plan took place from October 2012 through to January 2013. From feedback received, changes were made to produce the Proposed Plan. While the plan review process is going on, the Operative District Plan continues to be the District Plan against which land use and subdivision activities are assessed.

How to make a submission.

Submissions can be made from 13 December 2013 using our online submission form or alternatively you can download the submission form. Post or email it back to us at

It's important that submissions are made using the correct form as it sets out all the information that we need to understand your position and the decisions you are seeking from us.  Whether you want to tell us that you like something in the Proposed Plan and think we got right, or tell us that we got something wrong, your submission is important.  

If you need guidance on how to make a good submission give our 'Friend of the Submitter' a call.  Annette Ellis in Customer Services is available to guide people through the submission process and give tips on how to make an effective submission.


What happens next?

After the formal submission period closes, a Summary of Submissions will be prepared and publicly notified. There's then the opportunity to make further submissions supporting or opposing the original submissions received.

Planning reports are then prepared for the hearing/s which will consider all the submissions and provide recommendations to the District Plan Hearing Panel. The public hearing/s allows submitters to verbally present their submissions.

Following the public hearing/s, the Hearing Panel will deliberate and reach a decision considering all the information/evidence presented at the hearing/s. The decision will address all the submissions made and will be publicly notified.

Once the decision has been issued and publicly notified, submitters can lodge appeals with the Environment Court if they are not satisfied with the Council's decision.

Appeals to the Environment Court can be resolved in a variety of ways including Environment Court assisted mediation and hearings. Once all the appeals have been resolved the Proposed District Plan can be made Operative.

How do I find out more?

The Proposed Plan and related information can be accessed online.

Alternatively, you can view a copy at one of the Council offices, District Libraries or obtain a CD from Customer Services at the Thames Office.  If you need any further information or clarification, please give Customer Services a call (07) 868 0200.