Selwyn District Plan Review

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Upcoming consultation on medium density housing in Selwyn

Consultation will open on Monday 22 August on mandatory variations to the Proposed Selwyn District Plan and private plan changes that have already been accepted by the Council.

These variations are required by the Government’s new housing intensification legislation, passed last year, which requires some councils to make changes to their district plans – ‘planning rule books’ to allow for more housing and at greater heights in relevant residential areas.

To comply with the law, in Selwyn we are introducing a new Medium Density Residential Zone on relevant current residential land in Lincoln, Rolleston and Prebbleton, and also rezoning additional rural land for residential development within these townships.

Under the proposed changes up to three residential units, each up to three stories high (11 metres), could be built on a site within the medium density zone without a resource consent. However it will be up to landowners to decide if they wish to develop the site to the permitted standards, or to a lesser level of density.

Information on the proposed changes and how to make a submission will be available on this website from Saturday 20 August 2022.

Information sessions

The Council will also run information sessions at which Council staff will give a presentation, covering all the key information about the changes and how people can make a submission.

So far the following information sessions have been confirmed:

  • Wednesday 24 August – Te Ara Ātea, Rolleston 6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Thursday 25 August – Prebbleton Hall 12.30pm - 2pm

Friend of a Submitter

In the meantime, if people have any queries about the submission process and what they can cover in their submission, they can contact a Friend of Submitter service, provided by the Ministry of Environment. Contact Jane West at selwynmdrs@jwest.co.nz or call (03) 324 3324.




About hearings on Proposed District Plan

We have identified 30 separate hearing topics, and hearings for each of these topics have been underway since August 2021. The hearings are held at the Selwyn Health Hub in Rolleston, opposite the Council offices. All hearings are open to the public and livestreamed on Council’s YouTube channel.

More information on the hearings can be found at www.selwyn.govt.nz/dprhearings.

All submissions available online

Council has also made available online all further submissions it received on the Proposed District Plan. So now all submissions received (original and further submissions) can be found on the Council’s online database Summit Up.




During the consultation on the notified Proposed District Plan between 5 October and 11 December 2020 we received 470 submissions, covering around 7,700 individual submission points. Of these, 62% of submission points were fully or partially supportive of the Proposed District Plan.



Upcoming consultation on medium density housing in Selwyn

Consultation will open on Monday 22 August on mandatory variations to the Proposed Selwyn District Plan and private plan changes that have already been accepted by the Council.

These variations are required by the Government’s new housing intensification legislation, passed last year, which requires some councils to make changes to their district plans – ‘planning rule books’ to allow for more housing and at greater heights in relevant residential areas.

To comply with the law, in Selwyn we are introducing a new Medium Density Residential Zone on relevant current residential land in Lincoln, Rolleston and Prebbleton, and also rezoning additional rural land for residential development within these townships.

Under the proposed changes up to three residential units, each up to three stories high (11 metres), could be built on a site within the medium density zone without a resource consent. However it will be up to landowners to decide if they wish to develop the site to the permitted standards, or to a lesser level of density.

Information on the proposed changes and how to make a submission will be available on this website from Saturday 20 August 2022.

Information sessions

The Council will also run information sessions at which Council staff will give a presentation, covering all the key information about the changes and how people can make a submission.

So far the following information sessions have been confirmed:

  • Wednesday 24 August – Te Ara Ātea, Rolleston 6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Thursday 25 August – Prebbleton Hall 12.30pm - 2pm

Friend of a Submitter

In the meantime, if people have any queries about the submission process and what they can cover in their submission, they can contact a Friend of Submitter service, provided by the Ministry of Environment. Contact Jane West at selwynmdrs@jwest.co.nz or call (03) 324 3324.




About hearings on Proposed District Plan

We have identified 30 separate hearing topics, and hearings for each of these topics have been underway since August 2021. The hearings are held at the Selwyn Health Hub in Rolleston, opposite the Council offices. All hearings are open to the public and livestreamed on Council’s YouTube channel.

More information on the hearings can be found at www.selwyn.govt.nz/dprhearings.

All submissions available online

Council has also made available online all further submissions it received on the Proposed District Plan. So now all submissions received (original and further submissions) can be found on the Council’s online database Summit Up.




During the consultation on the notified Proposed District Plan between 5 October and 11 December 2020 we received 470 submissions, covering around 7,700 individual submission points. Of these, 62% of submission points were fully or partially supportive of the Proposed District Plan.



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