District-wide matter: Family flats


District Plan Review consultation now closed.

Initial public consultation on key draft changes to the current Selwyn District Plan closed on Monday 8 October 2018. Thank you to everyone who let us know what they thought of the review so far.

What’s next?

Following this initial public consultation on the District Plan Review, the Council will consider all feedback and start developing detailed provisions for the Proposed District Plan. Please note that a summary report on the initial public consultation will be made available on Your Say Selwyn website at www.selwyn.govt.nz/districtplanreview.

It’s expected the Proposed District Plan will be

District Plan Review consultation now closed.

Initial public consultation on key draft changes to the current Selwyn District Plan closed on Monday 8 October 2018. Thank you to everyone who let us know what they thought of the review so far.

What’s next?

Following this initial public consultation on the District Plan Review, the Council will consider all feedback and start developing detailed provisions for the Proposed District Plan. Please note that a summary report on the initial public consultation will be made available on Your Say Selwyn website at www.selwyn.govt.nz/districtplanreview.

It’s expected the Proposed District Plan will be notified in early 2020 for formal public consultation. The longer timeframe is due to the local government elections at the end of 2019 and ensuring the newly elected Council endorses the Proposed District Plan before it gets notified.



We want to know what you think about the draft changes that affect family flats related rules and policies in the current District Plan. The draft changes have been endorsed by the Selwyn District Council for further development as part of its District Plan Review.

How can I have a say?

To give us your feedback on the draft changes , you can:

There will be many consultation opportunities for feedback at different stages of the District Plan Review and this is the first such opportunity. It’s expected that the new District Plan will be notified in early 2020 and be fully in place, subject to any Environment Court appeals, in March 2022.

Background

Family flats in the current Selwyn District Plan

Family flats, also called granny flats, can take different formats, from being attached to the main dwelling to being a completely standalone house on the same property as the main dwelling.


A family flat under the current District Plan is a dwelling up to 70m2, excluding garaging, which is located on the same site as the main dwelling and is occupied by a member of the same immediate family that lives in the main dwelling.

Currently a family flat can be built in all residential and rural zones of the district without a resource consent, as long as it meets certain standards. Between 2013 and 2017, 116 building consent for family flats were lodged. Since 2010, 105 resource consent applications for family flats were required. Of the resource consents, 66 were non-complying applications, which were granted, subject to certain conditions.

Complete survey on draft changes to family flats related rules