District Plan Review

The District Plan is Council’s planning rulebook for building and development in the District. Council has new science on flooding, liquefaction, landslides and active faults.

The updated science will help us draft new rules within the Natural Hazards chapter of the District Plan. Through the District Plan we can:

  • decide where and how future development is allowed,
  • outline how our community plans for natural hazards like floods and earthquakes,
  • develop the kind of community we want to leave our children.


Over 2019 and 2020, this review will start with a review of the natural hazards provisions within our District Plan.


On this page:

Starting with Natural Hazards 

Natural hazard planning is undertaken by Councils to help protect people, property and infrastructure from a wide range of natural hazards (e.g. flooding, landslides, earthquakes, tsunami) as well as building stronger more resilient communities.

The natural hazards provisions are found in the Natural Hazards chapter of the plan, as well as in some other chapters such as Subdivision. 

Natural hazards provisions identify where it is development is or isn’t appropriate and what we should consider when developing in areas subject to natural hazard risk.

The natural hazards provisions (except coastal hazards) in the District Plan will be reviewed first because some areas of the district level of hazard risk changed following the 2016 earthquake events.     

Current state of the review

Council has decided to use the standard plan change process under the Resource Management Act (RMA) to review the natural hazards provisions. Specifically, we will need to follow the RMA ‘Schedule 1’ process.

Research has been completed to help Council gain a better understanding of a number of natural hazard issues in the District. Current research areas are:


Join the conversation and help create the future Kaikōura

Council are holding a number of Community Risk Workshop’s across the District to discuss the news science and what they mean for our homes, businesses and buildings.

Friday 19th October 1pm-5pm – Memorial Hall supper room

Sunday 20th October 9am-12pm Clarence – Kēkerengū Hall

Sunday 20th October 2.30-5.30pm – Goose Bay Fire Shed


Combined community workshop

Saturday 30th November 1pm-4pm – Memorial Hall supper room

Your information will help shape how we draft the new rules. The final rules and information will be included in the District Plan and used by the Council when processing resource and building consents, be on Council’s website, Land Information Memoranda and property files. 


Useful links


16 October 2019