Selwyn District Plan Review

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What’s next?

Following the initial delay of the notification in the middle of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can now confirm that we expect to notify the Proposed Selwyn District Plan for formal public consultation in early October. The consultation period will last eight weeks. More detail on the public consultation will be available at the time of the notification. In the meantime, to stay up to date with the District Plan Review work, keep an eye on this website and make sure you sign up for future updates.


As part of the District Plan Review, we have been looking at natural hazards in Selwyn. The Council has been addressing questions like: are the areas currently identified as being at highest risk from flooding and coastal hazards up to date with the latest available data and effects of climate change? Have we got up-to-date rules and policies in place to manage areas of the district at greatest risk from these hazards?

Latest science has now confirmed areas in the district that may be at risk from these natural hazards during more extreme weather events and when taking into account climate change effects. We are now in the process of sharing our findings with affected landowners and what that may mean for them. To find out more, click on the relevant natural hazard below.





Following initial public consultation in late 2018 on the general direction of the future Plan, the Council has been working on proposed rules and policies across a range of topics relevant to business, rural or residential communities and getting them ready for the Council to endorse. Following the endorsement, the Proposed Plan will be notified for consultation.

After the formal public consultation, submitters will have an opportunity to speak to their submission at a formal hearing. Following the hearing, the Hearing Panel will make recommendations on submissions and the Council will then make final decisions.

What’s next?

Following the initial delay of the notification in the middle of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can now confirm that we expect to notify the Proposed Selwyn District Plan for formal public consultation in early October. The consultation period will last eight weeks. More detail on the public consultation will be available at the time of the notification. In the meantime, to stay up to date with the District Plan Review work, keep an eye on this website and make sure you sign up for future updates.


As part of the District Plan Review, we have been looking at natural hazards in Selwyn. The Council has been addressing questions like: are the areas currently identified as being at highest risk from flooding and coastal hazards up to date with the latest available data and effects of climate change? Have we got up-to-date rules and policies in place to manage areas of the district at greatest risk from these hazards?

Latest science has now confirmed areas in the district that may be at risk from these natural hazards during more extreme weather events and when taking into account climate change effects. We are now in the process of sharing our findings with affected landowners and what that may mean for them. To find out more, click on the relevant natural hazard below.





Following initial public consultation in late 2018 on the general direction of the future Plan, the Council has been working on proposed rules and policies across a range of topics relevant to business, rural or residential communities and getting them ready for the Council to endorse. Following the endorsement, the Proposed Plan will be notified for consultation.

After the formal public consultation, submitters will have an opportunity to speak to their submission at a formal hearing. Following the hearing, the Hearing Panel will make recommendations on submissions and the Council will then make final decisions.

  • District-wide matter: Cultural landscapes

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    We're looking at introducing a more contemporary approach to identifying and protecting cultural landscapes which moves away from a traditional approach of pinpointing sites and areas of cultural significance on a planning map. Let us know what you think about the draft changes to rules in the current District Plan that relate to sites and areas of cultural significance.


  • District-wide matter: Home-based business

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Do you agree that home-based businesses should continue to be permitted in both rural and residential zones without a resource consent, as long as the business meets certain permitted standards? Find out more about draft change to home-based business related rules in the current District Plan.




  • District-wide matter: Airfields, airstrips and helicopter landing pads

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Do you agree that we should have more restrictive rules for helicopter landing pads in the Rural Zone if they want to continue without a resource consent? Have a say on the draft changes to current District Plan which affect airfields, airstrips and helicopter landing pads.




  • District-wide matter: Managing geotechnical risk

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Do you know that we plan to identify and map areas in the district where known active faults lie and where damaging liquefaction is more likely to occur should there be an earthquake? Find out more about key draft changes to the current District Plan which manage geotechnical risk in the district.


  • Rural matter: Business in the Rural Zone

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Should any business be able to set up in the Rural Zone? Or should there be some restrictions to ensure only those businesses which are servicing rural activities and have a genuine need to be located within the Rural Zone, are allowed to locate there? See draft changes to the current District Plan which affect businesses in the Rural Zone.









  • Rural matter: Rural density

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    How to best manage the concentration of housing and size of property in the rural areas of our district? Look at the proposed draft changes to the current District Plan which affect rural density.


  • Business matter: Urban design for business and adjacent areas

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    We're looking at changing a number of rules in the current District Plan which control how areas where business and residential or rural areas meet. Check out all the draft changes that we're now consulting on and have a say.

  • District-wide matter: Earthworks

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    As part of the review of the current District Plan, we're looking at changing the volume threshold for earthworks activities from a per project-based limit to a site area or frequency of the activity limit. Let us know what you think about this draft change and other draft changes in relation to earthworks.




  • District-wide matter: Signage

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    What do you think about restricting signage that isn’t related to the site where it’s placed, for example, billboards, trailer-mounted signs and small advertising signs? Find out more about draft changes to current rules in the District Plan that manage signage, and have a say.




  • Rural matter: Wildfire risk

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
    To manage the risk of wildfire, we're considering introducing setbacks for planting new and replanting vegetation from existing principal buildings and vice versa. Find out more and have a say.