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.

  • Notification expected in early October

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    23 days ago

    Selwyn District Council expects to notify the Proposed Selwyn District Plan for formal public consultation in early October. This follows the initial delay of the notification in the middle of this year due to COVID-19 pandemic.

    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 the Your Say Selwyn website and make sure you sign up for future updates if you haven't already.

    Selwyn District Council expects to notify the Proposed Selwyn District Plan for formal public consultation in early October. This follows the initial delay of the notification in the middle of this year due to COVID-19 pandemic.

    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 the Your Say Selwyn website and make sure you sign up for future updates if you haven't already.

  • Getting closer to the new Selwyn District Plan

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    12 months ago

    Selwyn District Council is on track to have its future District Plan ready for formal public consultation early next year.

    With local government elections coming up in October, the Council’s District Plan Committee, which has been making decisions on the direction of the new District Plan, held its final meeting for the year last week.

    “It’s timely to give everyone interested in the review of our current District Plan an update on where we are at and what to expect next,” says Tim Harris, Council’s Group Manager Environmental and Regulatory Services.

    There are some areas of...

    Selwyn District Council is on track to have its future District Plan ready for formal public consultation early next year.

    With local government elections coming up in October, the Council’s District Plan Committee, which has been making decisions on the direction of the new District Plan, held its final meeting for the year last week.

    “It’s timely to give everyone interested in the review of our current District Plan an update on where we are at and what to expect next,” says Tim Harris, Council’s Group Manager Environmental and Regulatory Services.

    There are some areas of the current Plan that still need further targeted consultation with stakeholders and landowners. But most of the proposed detailed policies and rules for the Proposed Plan have now been drafted and consulted on.

    “We would like to thank everyone who’s provided feedback and helped shaped the future District Plan so far.

    “Our whole approach for the review of the current Plan has been to engage with people at an early stage of the review. This has helped us to hear from as many people as possible about what they think needs to be put in place in the new District Plan so that it works for them and the district.”

    Following last year’s initial public consultation on the general direction of the future Plan, the Council has done a lot of targeted consultation with affected landowners and stakeholders on more detailed draft rules and policies across a range of topics relevant to business, rural or residential communities.

    “Anyone wanting to have a further say on the future District Plan and to see the detailed draft provisions will have the opportunity when the plan is notified,” Mr Harris says.

    “At this stage the draft provisions are still subject to change as staff work on refining them and getting them ready for the incoming Council to endorse early next year. Following the endorsement, the Proposed Plan will be notified for consultation,” Mr Harris says.

    It’s expected that the Proposed District Plan will be notified for formal public consultation in early 2020 and be fully in place, subject to any Environment Court appeals, in mid-2022.

    In the meantime, to find out more about the future District Plan, all reports developed during the review can be found on the Council’s website at www.selwyn.govt.nz/dprsi. For more background material developed during and following the initial public consultation last year, check out the Council’s engagement hub at www.selwyn.govt.nz/districtplanreview.


  • Selwyn's initial say on its future District Plan

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    over 1 year ago

    Many Selwyn residents took the opportunity to let the Selwyn District Council know what they thought of the review of the current District Plan so far.

    Are we on the right track? was the theme of the initial public consultation on a number of key draft changes for the future District Plan, which took place between 16 August and 8 October 2018 (except for cultural landscapes topic which was open for consultation until 23 October).

    Environmental Services Manager Tim Harris says it’s important to be able to get public feedback at an early stage of the review.

    “We are especially...

    Many Selwyn residents took the opportunity to let the Selwyn District Council know what they thought of the review of the current District Plan so far.

    Are we on the right track? was the theme of the initial public consultation on a number of key draft changes for the future District Plan, which took place between 16 August and 8 October 2018 (except for cultural landscapes topic which was open for consultation until 23 October).

    Environmental Services Manager Tim Harris says it’s important to be able to get public feedback at an early stage of the review.

    “We are especially pleased to see submissions from those directly affected, which will help inform the potential shape and direction of the future District Plan before the detailed proposed rules and policies are drafted.”

    In total our engagement hub Your Say Selwyn received over 5,400 views from people who were interested in the District Plan Review during the consultation period.

    A total of 272 online surveys were submitted and the topics that received the highest numbers of surveys were family flats, night glow, sites and areas of cultural significance, housing development in residential zones, and home-based business.

    While most people submitted their feedback via our engagement site, some had their say via email, phone calls or at one of the drop-in sessions that the Council held across the district.

    “We received feedback from a broad cross-section of the district’s population and from every part of the district.

    “We’re pleased with the quality of the feedback which showed a good understanding of the key draft changes to the current District Plan. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to give us their feedback or attended one of our drop-in sessions,” Mr Harris says.

    By asking people to engage at this early stage of the District Plan review process, the Council hopes for a better buy-in once the Proposed District Plan is notified for formal public consultation as people have been involved in the process from the beginning rather than near the end.

    So what happens next?

    Received feedback is now being considered and will inform the drafting of detailed policies and rules for the Proposed District Plan.

    It’s expected that 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 is notified. After this, submitters will have an opportunity to speak to their submission at a formal hearing. Following the hearing, the Hearing Panel will make recommendations on proposed amendments and the Council will then make final decisions. We expect the new District Plan to become largely operative by March 2022, subject to any Environment Court appeals.

    In the meantime, to be kept up to date on the District Plan Review, people should keep an eye on this website. All reports developed for the review can be found here, including post engagement reports for the topics that were consulted on, outlining what changes to the preferred option, if any, will be made as a result of the engagement to date. The post engagement reports are currently being developed and will be published as they get presented at the upcoming District Plan Committee's meetings.

    Read the full engagement report on the initial public consultation or check the engagement summary dashboard on the initial public consultation.


  • District-wide matter: Quarrying

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Where should setbacks for new or expanding quarries start from: residential zone boundary, the dwelling, or the property boundary of the dwelling? Have a say now on the draft changes to quarrying related rules for the new District Plan.


    Where should setbacks for new or expanding quarries start from: residential zone boundary, the dwelling, or the property boundary of the dwelling? Have a say now on the draft changes to quarrying related rules for the new District Plan.


  • Rural matter: Vegetation planting

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    What type of vegetation should we restrict within Outstanding Natural Landscapes (ONL) or Visual Amenity Landscapes (VAL) areas? Have a say now on the draft changes to rules managing vegetation planting in the current District Plan.







    What type of vegetation should we restrict within Outstanding Natural Landscapes (ONL) or Visual Amenity Landscapes (VAL) areas? Have a say now on the draft changes to rules managing vegetation planting in the current District Plan.







  • District-wide: Transport

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Do you think smaller roads, such as streets in more intensive housing areas are wide enough? Let us know what you think about the draft changes to transport related rules in the current District Plan.

    Do you think smaller roads, such as streets in more intensive housing areas are wide enough? Let us know what you think about the draft changes to transport related rules in the current District Plan.

  • District-wide matter: Water

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Do you think it's still appropriate for the District Plan to restrict earthworks, tree planting and building near waterbodies to protect waterbodies? Tell us what you think about the proposed changes to water related rules in the current District Plan.


    Do you think it's still appropriate for the District Plan to restrict earthworks, tree planting and building near waterbodies to protect waterbodies? Tell us what you think about the proposed changes to water related rules in the current District Plan.


  • District-wide matter: Heritage items and protected trees

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    We're proposing an amended list of heritage items and trees that should be listed for protection in the new District Plan. Have a say now on draft changes to heritage items and trees.

    We're proposing an amended list of heritage items and trees that should be listed for protection in the new District Plan. Have a say now on draft changes to heritage items and trees.

  • District-wide matter: Family flats

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    At the moment only family members can live in a family flat. Do you agree we should change that in the new District Plan so that there is no limit on who can live in a family flat? Have a say on the draft changes to family flats related rules in the current District Plan.





    At the moment only family members can live in a family flat. Do you agree we should change that in the new District Plan so that there is no limit on who can live in a family flat? Have a say on the draft changes to family flats related rules in the current District Plan.





  • District-wide matter: Night glow

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    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    How important is Selwyn night sky visibility to you? Do you think the new Selwyn District Plan should protect it? Have a say now.

    How important is Selwyn night sky visibility to you? Do you think the new Selwyn District Plan should protect it? Have a say now.