Plan Change 45 – Signs

The Panel has now closed the hearing and will proceed to deliberation and delivering its recommendation to the Council.

The Council Officer’s Right of Reply(PDF, 945KB) for PC 45 has been Circulated to the hearing panel and submitters and can be found in the table below.

The hearing for Plan Change 45 was adjourned pending the Council Officer’s Right of Reply until Friday 24 May 2019

The hearing for Plan Change 45 was scheduled for 8 May 2019. Council officers prepared a hearing report (s42A report(PDF, 495KB)) in advance of the hearing, which can be found with supporting documents in the table below. Copies of the submissions, the council summary of submissions and the further submissions received are also available below, any questions on the plan change can be directed to the Councils consultant planner Brett Osborne (brett.osborne@uhcc.govt.nz).

Further Submissions for Proposed Plan Change 45 – Signs opened on 10 October 2018 and closed 5pm on the 25 October 2018 Consultation closed at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 18 July 2018

The Resource Management Act 1991 (the Act) requires a review of all District Plan provisions to be commenced within 10 years of their enactment. Proposed Plan change 45 – Signs (PPC45) therefore acts as a review of the provisions for signs in the Operative Upper Hutt City District Plan 2004. The provisions have been reviewed together with the review of the Council’s Control of Advertising Bylaw (Signs Bylaw) to ensure a comprehensive and integrated review of methods which manage signs in the district.

The Consultation on the Signs bylaw closed with it being adopted by Council on 26 September 2018 and made operative on 3 October 2018.

Schedule 1 of the Act describes the procedure for a proposed Plan Change and the process required to publicly notify any Plan Change. This Plan Change has been conducted in accordance with Schedule 1.

Proposed Plan Change 45 seeks to update and consolidate the signs provisions. The reasons for undertaking the review can be summarised as follows:

  • The provisions were due to be reviewed and updated as they have not been reviewed since the District Plan was made operative.
  • A need to update and consolidate provisions including to implement the new District Plan structure introduced through Plan Change 43 – Introductory chapters.
  • Reviewing the signs provisions together with a review of the Council’s Control of Advertising Bylaw (Signs Bylaw) ensure a comprehensive and integrated review of methods which manage signs in the district.

The following summarises the main changes proposed by PPC45

  • All general signs provisions are combined into a single signs chapter.
  • A new signs objective is inserted which recognises the need for signs and that they need to be well managed (as relates to issues for character, amenity and transport safety).
  • The insertion of more specific signs policies which apply across the district, but which recognise and provide for the different characteristics of zones.
  • Updated and amended rules, matters of discretion, and definitions, which maintain the current approach that most signs are permitted subject to meeting minimum standards.
  • Where standards are not met, they would be assessed as restricted discretionary or discretionary activities. This retains the primary activity status for most activities of restricted discretionary, where permitted standards are not met.
  • A new discretionary activity status for signs is introduced for signs which incorporate movement or changing content (including digital signage) and signs which are not situated on the site to which they relate.

PC45 recommends changes to these chapters:

District Plan Chapter

Part of chapter to be amended
Chapter 2 Definitions   Amended definition of sign and new definition of temporary sign.
 Chapter 4  Residential Zone  Remove Policy 4.4.8
 Chapter 8A.3  General Rules (New Chapter) The insertion of the new Chapter 8A.3 – General Rules (New Chapter)New objective, policies and rules, including matters of discretion. Changes include: updating and amending existing District Plan content (from other chapters and repositioning them into this chapter).
 Chapter 15  Environmental Quality  Remove Policy 15.4.5. Remove methods which relate to signs.
 Chapter 18  Residential Zone Rules  Remove rules for signs and matters for consideration and matters of discretion relating to signs.
 Chapter 19  Rural Zone Rules  Remove rules for signs and matters for consideration and matters of discretion relating to signs.
 Chapter 20  Business Zone Rules  Remove rules for signs and matters for consideration and matters of discretion relating to signs.
 Chapter 21  Open Space Rules  Remove rules for signs and matters for consideration and matters of discretion relating to signs.
 Chapter 22  Special Activity Zone Rules  Remove rules for signs and matters for consideration and matters of discretion relating to signs.
   

All PC 45 material, including the Public Notification Notice, is available below.

Stage Status Documents

Notification

Notification Documents

Public Notice(PDF, 271KB)

Section 32 Report(PDF, 433KB)

Notification Report(PDF, 825KB)

Proposed Changes to District Plan Chapters

Chapter 02 -Definitions(PDF, 457KB)

Chapter 04 - Residential Zone(PDF, 201KB)

Chapter 8A.3 - General Rules (New Chapter)(PDF, 697KB)

Chapter 15 - Environmental Quality(PDF, 160KB)

Chapter 18 - Residential Zone Rules(PDF, 2MB)

Chapter 19 - Rural Zone Rules(PDF, 328KB)

Chapter 20 - Business Rules(PDF, 1MB)

Chapter 21 - Open Space Zone Rules(PDF, 798KB)

Chapter 22 - Special Activity Zone Rules(PDF, 277KB)

Submission

Submission Documents

Summary of Submissions(PDF, 276KB)

Public Notice(PDF, 770KB)

Further Submissions Form 6(PDF, 39KB)

Submissions

#1 Woolworths New Zealand Ltd(PDF, 292KB)

#2 A Tindale(PDF, 1MB)

#3 Z Energy Ltd BP Oil NZ Ltd Mobil Oil NZ Ltd(PDF, 417KB)

#4 Powerco Limited(PDF, 2MB)

#5 KiwiRail Holdings Limited (KiwiRail)(PDF, 26KB)

#6 NZ Transport Agency(PDF, 3MB)

Further Submissions

Powerco(PDF, 302KB)

KiwiRail(PDF, 29KB)

NZ Transport Agency(PDF, 734KB)

The Oil Companies(PDF, 297KB)

 

Pre-Hearing


Pre-Hearing Documents

Council Officer’s Hearing report(PDF, 495KB)

Appendix 1  Summary of Proposed Changes(PDF, 690KB)

Appendix 2  Submissions and further submissions(PDF, 7MB)

Appendix 3  Legal Opinion(PDF, 235KB)

Appendix 4  Summary of Submissions(PDF, 277KB)

Appendix 5  Urban Design Advice(PDF, 4MB)

Appendix 6  Proposed Changes to District Plan Text (‘s32AA table’)(PDF, 182KB)

Minute # 1 of Hearing Chairperson (Directions pre-hearing)(PDF, 73KB)

Submitter’s Evidence

Statement of Evidence of Allison Tindale(PDF, 568KB)

Statement of Evidence of Mathew Thode(PDF, 256KB)

Statement of Evidence of NZ Transport Agency

 

Woolworths have provided a Hearing Statement in advance of the hearing.

 Woolworths Hearing Statement (PDF, 57KB)

KiwiRail have provided a Hearing Statement in advance of the hearing.

KiwiRail Hearing Statement(PDF, 25KB)

NZ Transport Agency have provided a Hearing Statement in advance of the hearing.

Statement of Evidence of NZ Transport Agency(PDF, 2MB)


Mathew Thode provided a Hearing Statement in advance of the hearing.

Mathew Thode oral statement for Hearing Panel(PDF, 183KB)

 

Post-Hearing  

Council Officer’s Right of Reply for PC 45(PDF, 945KB)

Minute #2 Closing the Hearing(PDF, 214KB)