District-wide matter: Night glow


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 whether you want the future District Plan to protect Selwyn’s night sky.

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.


  • Night glow in the current Selwyn District Plan

    about 1 year ago

    Night glow is caused by outdoor lighting and glare which obscures or reduces the view of the night sky for the surrounding areas.

    Currently night glow isn’t specifically identified and managed as an issue in the District Plan, aside from rules related to the West Melton Observatory Lighting Area and general lighting and glare rules.

    The Council’s District Plan Committee endorsed that before any changes in relation to managing night glow in the future District Plan can be fully considered, we need to better understand how much of a concern night sky visibility is for...

    Night glow is caused by outdoor lighting and glare which obscures or reduces the view of the night sky for the surrounding areas.

    Currently night glow isn’t specifically identified and managed as an issue in the District Plan, aside from rules related to the West Melton Observatory Lighting Area and general lighting and glare rules.

    The Council’s District Plan Committee endorsed that before any changes in relation to managing night glow in the future District Plan can be fully considered, we need to better understand how much of a concern night sky visibility is for the Selwyn public. We also need to hear from the public about what level of control they think would be best and where, if at all, such controls should be applied to manage night glow.