About the District Plan

The Council is required to prepare a District Plan under the Resource Management Act 1991.

The District Plan is the primary document that manages land use and development within Upper Hutt. It contains rules that may affect you if you are preparing a land use proposal or development.

The Ministry for the Environment has produced a booklet that explains what the Resource Management Act does, how it works and how it affects you in your daily life. Learn more about the Resource Management Act by reading 'An everyday guide to the RMA: Getting in on the Act'.

The District Plan is made up of five parts:

Part 1 – Introduction

Provides an explanation on how the Plan is set out and how to use it. It also contains information on how the Plan is administered, the provisions that apply to the processing of resource consents, the designation of land, monitoring and review of the Plan, and the definitions of a number of terms and words used in the Plan.

Part 2 – Issues, Objectives, Policies, Methods, and General Rules

All of the land in the Upper Hutt district is zoned according to the type of environmental outcome sought for each particular area. Part 2 of the plan sets out the different zones in the district and how actual and potential adverse effects of activities on the environment will be managed. Chapters 4 to 8 of the District Plan deal specifically with the Residential, Rural, Business, Open Space and Special Activities zones. Chapter 8A contains General Rules. Chapters 9 to 17 deal with matters which are city-wide.

Part 3 – Rules and Standards

Part 3 specifies the rules and standards for each zone and those which are city wide. Chapters 18 to 22 provide the rules and standards for activities within the Residential, Rural Business, Open Space and Special Activities zones. Chapters 23 to 34 provide the general and city wide rules and standards.

Part 4 – Appendices

Provides the list of designations which appear on the Planning Maps, the list of roads and streets in Upper Hutt and their status in the roading hierarchy, and provides detailed design standards and criteria for the operation on an access rule in Chapters 18 to 22.

Part 5 – Planning Maps

Provides the zoning for each property within the city. They also identify designations, heritage features, faults, notable trees, protected ridgelines, rivers/streams and flood hazard areas.