Plans, Reports, Bylaws & Policies
Information about and links to our Annual Plans and Reports, Long-Term Plans, the District Plan and some of our key policies and bylaws.
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The 3 Year Plan 2018-2021 sets big work programmes to tackle some of our District’s biggest issues, meet community needs and legal responsibilities.
The Maori proverb "Manaaki whenua, Manaaki tangata, Haere whakamua (Care for the land, care for the people, go forward)” provided the guiding theme for the 3 Year Plan.
Council believes this plan provides what’s needed for Kaikouras people, environment, land and its' future. It will help Council create a district that can move forward as a great place to live, with a strong, well-connected community that is ecologically exemplary and economically prosperous.
The Kaikōura District Council Annual Plan is a plan for the financial year (from 1 July to 30 June). It sets out how much Council can spend on its' different operations including the services for our community such as roads, water, sewerage, rubbish, etc. It also determines how much we borrow, and how much your rates will be.
The Annual Report compares what we did in a financial year to what we said we would do. It lets you know what we delivered and whether we met our budgets and performance targets.
Long-term plans generally set out the Council’s intentions for the next decade. They are reviewed every 3 years to keep them relevant and accurate, keep them moving in the right direction and addressing community outcomes.
A 3 Year Plan covering 2018-2021 was adopted by council in July 2018. Read more about it here
The previous Long-Term Plan was the Kaikōura 2025 Long-term Plan, adopted on 29 June 2015. It is presented in two parts:
- Long Term Plan 2015-2025 Volume 1 (3.8MB) - a summary document
- Long Term Plan 2015-2025 Volume 2 (7.8MB) - detailed financial information
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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 and property rights and protected. The plan is currently being reviewed.
The current version of the plan has been operative since Monday 23 June 2008 and can be found below. Copies are also available in hard copy or on CD.
Table of Contents
District-Wide Issues, Objectives, Policies and Rules
5. Tangata Whanua Values
6. Recreation and Open Space
7. Development and Tourism
8. Natural Hazards
9. Hazardous Substances
11. Landscape and Amenity
14. Financial Contributions
15. Historic Heritage, Tree Protection, Archaeological Sites
16. Outdoor Advertising
17. Relocated & Temporary Buildings and Temporary Activities
Zones - Issues, Objectives, Policies and Rules
District Plan Decisions
- General, Maps and new Provisions
- Sections 1-5
- Sections 6-10
- Sections 11-14
- Sections 15-21
- Sections 22
What is the Recovery Plan?
The Kaikōura District Recovery Plan provides a clear direction for restoring and enhancing our District. It is a major early step towards rebuilding our communities in a future-focused way, laying the foundations for a post-quake Kaikōura that is strong and successful.
Ultimately it is much more than a Recovery Plan. Together, the residents of the District “Re-imagined the Future”. There will be work to do for many years ahead but now we have a solid foundation on which to build.
The Plan divides recovery into five parts. To be successful all five parts must be developed together with the community at the centre.
The entire plan can be downloaded here, or download individual chapters from the sections below.
Kaikōura District Recovery Plan (PDF, 2.9 MB)
- Education, physical and psychosocial health of the community.
- Recreational and cultural facilities for all generations and the restoration of heritage sites and buildings.
- Investment, business, labour and insurance liaison.
Built Environment Recovery
- Housing, infrastructure, transport and buildings.
Natural Environment Recovery
- Biodiversity, the coast and natural hazards.
Looking to the Future
- Communication, funding, finance, research, governance, coordination and project management of the recovery activities.
We started, nine days after the earthquake, by asking the community what you wanted.
On November 23 2016 over 280 people attended a meeting of Kaikōura District businesses. In December 2016 residents’ meetings and a community survey generated nearly 3000 ideas.
All this information was condensed into 34 themes which a January 2017 workshop used to create the first draft of the plan.
Developing a general plan for recovery comes within the overarching purpose of the Kaikōura District Council. Under the Local Government Act (Section 10) we are tasked with enabling democratic decision making and meeting the needs of our community today and into the future.
We are also guided by the principles in the Act that require us to be open, transparent and democratically accountable as well as taking into account the diversity of our community, its interests and the likely impacts of any decision we may make.
We work with the National Recovery Office.
Downloadable PDF application documents:
- Easter Sunday Trading Policy 2017
- Trading in Public Places Policy 2015
- Infrastructure Procurement Policy
- Development Contribution Policy
- Dog Control Policy
- Earthquake Prone, Dangerous & Unsanitary Buildings Policy
- Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy
- Smokefree Outdoor/Public Places Policy
- Walking & Cycling Strategy
- TAB Board Venue Policy
- Delegations Manual
- Compliments, Complaints and Requests for Service Policy 2018
The following policies are included in the Long Term Plan:
- Environmental & Social Sustainability Policy
- Equal Employment Opportunities Policy
- Investment Policy
- Liability Management Policy
- Public / Private Partnership Policy
- Rates Postponement Policy
- Rates Remission Policy
- Revenue & Financing Policy
- Significance Policy
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