District Plan Review
The Kaikōura District Plan sets standards for development within our District. These standards aim to ensure natural resources and hazards are managed safely and sustainably.
The current version of the plan has been operative since 23 June 2008. A lot has changed in our district in last 10 years so we are now in the process of reviewing the District Plan. We have reviewed the Natural Hazards chapter. You can read more in the link below.
What is the District Plan?
The District Plan is Council’s planning rulebook for building and development in the District. Through the District Plan we can:
- Decide where and how future development is allowed
- Aim to ensure natural resources and hazards are managed safely and sustainably
- Outline how our community plans for natural hazards like floods and earthquakes
Why are we reviewing the District Plan?
The current version of the District Plan has been operative since 23 June 2008. A lot has changed in our district in the last 15 years, particularly in relation to natural hazards, so the plan needed to be reviewed and updated.
We have almost completed the review and a new version will be published early 2023. We are awaiting the outcome of one appeal in relation to a plan change.
In the meantime we are able to publish the approved changes to the Natural Hazards chapter of the new District Plan.
Natural Hazards Plan Change 3
Since the 2016 earthquake Council has been collecting data and updating what we know about the natural hazards in Kaikōura.
We now have updated information and technical reports on flooding, liquefaction, landslides and active faults in our district. This information has informed the development of new rules within the Natural Hazards chapter of the District Plan.
The Natural Hazards Plan Change 3 seeks to:
- Replace the operative Chapter 8: Natural Hazards (whilst carrying over the coastal hazards provisions).
- Insert new objectives, policies and rules based on new technical information and community engagement to date.
- Make amendments to other chapters in the operative District Plan relating to natural hazards.
- Insert new definitions to align with the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement, Resource Management Act and the National Planning Standards.
- Replace existing planning maps with updated Natural Hazard Overlays.
- Better meet the communities long term needs.
- We will publish an updated version of the District Plan by end February that incorporates the approved changes to Natural Hazards information
- New Interactive Natural Hazard Maps are currently under development and we aim to have them available by April 2023
Previous updates and more information
26/09/2022 Natural Hazards Plan Change appeal period closes
16/08/2022 Natural Hazards Plan Change Decision
13/12/2021 Right of Reply document supplied to Hearing Panel
09/11/2021 Natural Hazards Hearing. Evidence and associated documents listed below:
- Introductory opening statement document
- Evidence Spark Oct 2021
- Main Power - Planning statement of John Scheele
- Statement of Evidence of Jane Doogue on behalf of CRC
- Statement of Evidence of Nick Griffiths on behalf of CRC and KDC - Natural Hazards Chapter
- FFNZ Hearing Statement KKR PC3
15/10/2021 Section 42a Report circulated
03/06/2021 Further Submission Period Closes. Submission received listed below:
21/04/2021 Public Submission period on Natural Hazard Plan Change 3 closes. Download a document with all submissions here. List of individual submissions below:
- Cargil Station Submission
- D and L Robinson Submission
- D and L Robinson Submission
- D Kitchingham Submission
- D Melville Submission
- ECan Submission
- Federated Farmers Submission
- G Acland Submission
- K Finnerty Submission
- Kaikōura District Council Submission
- L Adams Submission
- M Egan Submission
- Main Power NZ Limited Submission
- Ministry of Education Submission
- Oil Company Submission
- Semmens S Submission
- Spark Submission
10/03/2021 Plan Change 3 Publicly Notified. Associated documents to download:
Stakeholder & Community Engagement
- 14/02/2021 Workshop with Iwi
- 03/12/2020 Clause 3 Consultation
- 09/112019 to 30/11/2019 Community Risk workshops
- Waiau Toa/Clarence River floodplain investigation
- Kēkerengū, Hāpuku and Oaro floodplain investigation
- Ote Makura (Goose Bay) floodplain investigation
- Kaikōura Fans floodplain investigation
- Liquefaction Study for Kaikōura District
- Deterministic mapping of potential Landslide Debris Inundation
- Debris Inundation Risk Analysis - October 2021
- Updated assessment of active faults in the Kaikōura District
- Current District Plan