District Plan Review

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

A review of the plan is now underway, starting with a review of the natural hazards provisions.

Since the 2016 earthquake Council has been updating what we know about the natural hazards in Kaikōura. 

Council now has updated information and technical reports on flooding, liquefaction, landslides and active faults in our district. This information has informed the new rules within the Natural Hazards chapter of the District Plan.

Natural Hazards Plan Change 3


In accordance with the Clause 5 of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Kaikōura District Council advises that it has prepared the following Plan Change to the Kaikōura District Plan:

The purpose of this Plan Change is to use knowledge gained from the November 2016 Earthquake to improve community resilience and align the District Plan with national and regional direction, using new knowledge gained regarding natural hazards that affect parts of the district.

The Proposed Natural Hazards Plan Change introduces new objectives, policies and rules to manage natural hazards within the Kaikōura District. The Plan Change replaces the current natural hazard provisions in the operative Kaikōura District Plan which manage natural hazards with the exception of those relating to coastal hazards.

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.

Request for further submissions


A further submission is limited to a matter in support of, or opposition to, an original submission. Under clause 8 of Schedule 1, further submissions can only be made by:

  • persons who are representing a relevant aspect of the public interest
  • persons who have an interest in the proposed policy statement or plan that is greater than the interest the general public has
  • the Council itself.

Further submissions are not to extend the scope of an original submission. Submissions closed at 5pm 3rd June 2021. 

Interactive Natural Hazards Map


This map is for notification of a proposed change to the Kaikōura District Council District Plan, concerning natural hazards mapped via scientific reports.  

Click here to access the interactive Natural Hazard Map. 

 

Guidance for Property Owners


Community Engagement Report


Kaikōura District Council developed a community engagement process for its natural hazards plan change that aimed to involve the community in risk-based planning for natural hazards. Central to the community engagement process were two risk workshops held in November 2019. The full report can be found here. Community Engagement Report - Workshops Phase 1 and 2