Selwyn District Plan Review

Selwyn District Council is currently reviewing the Selwyn District Plan and as this impacts everyone in the District, here you will be able to find out more about the review and how you can get involved!


What's the District Plan and why are we reviewing it?

The District Plan controls what you can do on your land and how it can be developed. It’s essentially a ‘rule book’ which sets district-wide rules for sustainably managing Selwyn’s natural and physical resources.

Under the Resource Management Act, Councils are required to review their District Plan every 10 years to make sure it’s still fit for purpose. Our current District Plan is long and clunky – 1500 pages!

We need a modern Plan which provides clear objectives, policies and rules to manage the effects of land use activities on the environment – but also sets a clear direction for our district’s development and reflects our communities’ needs and expectations.

The review will also update any changes in legislation, national and regional policy statements, environmental standards and other regulations.

How does the District Plan affect me?

We’re now working in our community to gather feedback on the current rules and how they work in real life. This information will then come back to the Council’s District Plan Review Committee which will consider issues and options for possible changes to our current rules.

Once this information has been through the Committee, we will tell the community what the preferred option is for any changes to existing District Plan rules. You can tell us what you think at that point.

The rules we make will help our rural, industrial and commercial areas to thrive while making sure our neighbourhoods remain uniquely Selwyn. The new District Plan rules will help to do this by determining whether any future change of land use or new development can go-ahead, or require a resource consent first.

The review will help us to decide things like:

  • What type of building can be built next to your house
  • The appropriate housing density in your town or in the rural area
  • How much noise a factory can produce
  • How many carparks are required
  • How to protect important parts of our district like heritage items, biodiversity, significant landscapes and our coastal environment
  • How to provide for the productive use of rural land
  • How to minimise the impact of natural hazards like flooding and fire on people and infrastructure

When can I have my say?

Keep an eye on this site!

There will be many ways for you to give us your feedback including online platforms, face-to-face meetings and formal hearings. Also look out for articles in your local paper and on the Council Facebook page for what we’re consulting on.

Make sure you think about what you value, the things that you want to protect and how we can improve our district going forward.

Selwyn District Council is currently reviewing the Selwyn District Plan and as this impacts everyone in the District, here you will be able to find out more about the review and how you can get involved!


What's the District Plan and why are we reviewing it?

The District Plan controls what you can do on your land and how it can be developed. It’s essentially a ‘rule book’ which sets district-wide rules for sustainably managing Selwyn’s natural and physical resources.

Under the Resource Management Act, Councils are required to review their District Plan every 10 years to make sure it’s still fit for purpose. Our current District Plan is long and clunky – 1500 pages!

We need a modern Plan which provides clear objectives, policies and rules to manage the effects of land use activities on the environment – but also sets a clear direction for our district’s development and reflects our communities’ needs and expectations.

The review will also update any changes in legislation, national and regional policy statements, environmental standards and other regulations.

How does the District Plan affect me?

We’re now working in our community to gather feedback on the current rules and how they work in real life. This information will then come back to the Council’s District Plan Review Committee which will consider issues and options for possible changes to our current rules.

Once this information has been through the Committee, we will tell the community what the preferred option is for any changes to existing District Plan rules. You can tell us what you think at that point.

The rules we make will help our rural, industrial and commercial areas to thrive while making sure our neighbourhoods remain uniquely Selwyn. The new District Plan rules will help to do this by determining whether any future change of land use or new development can go-ahead, or require a resource consent first.

The review will help us to decide things like:

  • What type of building can be built next to your house
  • The appropriate housing density in your town or in the rural area
  • How much noise a factory can produce
  • How many carparks are required
  • How to protect important parts of our district like heritage items, biodiversity, significant landscapes and our coastal environment
  • How to provide for the productive use of rural land
  • How to minimise the impact of natural hazards like flooding and fire on people and infrastructure

When can I have my say?

Keep an eye on this site!

There will be many ways for you to give us your feedback including online platforms, face-to-face meetings and formal hearings. Also look out for articles in your local paper and on the Council Facebook page for what we’re consulting on.

Make sure you think about what you value, the things that you want to protect and how we can improve our district going forward.