Plan Change 50 – Rural and Residential Chapters Review

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Overview

Shape the future of Upper Hutt

We’re embarking on a significant review of the residential and rural chapters of our District Plan, which controls land use and development throughout most of the city. To grow smarter, we’ll need to grow differently.  This means we want to hear your ideas, and test ours ideas with you too.

We’re calling this review ‘Plan Change 50’ and it will include changing policies and rules to enable the right types of housing growth in the right places. We’ll be directed by our Land Use Strategy and National Policy, but we need local knowledge and ideas to help refine that direction, and enable growth that provides for our community’s wellbeing and our environment.

March/May 2020 – Issues and Opportunities Feedback
Open from 16 March to 8 May 2020

Large scale reporting has been underway over the last year in order to identify what issues currently exist and what opportunities may assist us in addressing these issues. Community focus groups have also been established to better understand the implications of reporting conclusions at the local level, whether or not this accurately reflects their understanding of the environment, and what other problems and solutions they believe exist.

The following captures the conclusions of these discussions and reports, and summarises the issues and opportunities identified to date. We sought your feedback over March/May 2020 on whether you believe this accurately reflects the current issues for rural and residential areas and the opportunities that exist to secure their future.

See below for links to our Issues and Opportunities we sought feedback on:

Feedback received is currently being processed and a summary of feedback will be produced in due course. 

 

To see our maps, please click on the image below:

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Links to associated reporting:

Residential Character Assessment

Rural Land Use Assessment Report(PDF, 8MB)

Review of Rural and Residential Resource Consent Applications(PDF, 712KB)

Upper Hutt PC50 Geotechnical Assessment(PDF, 201MB)

Upper Hutt PC50 Status Quo Economic Cost Benefit Analysis(PDF, 1MB)

2019 Housing and Business Development Capacity Assessment (2019 HBA)

Get Involved 

E-Panel

The E-Panel is a group that's intended to provide opportunities for interested community members to provide input and to be kept up to date with how the plan change processes over time. The group will be e-mailed questions that go beyond the scope of the wider consultations and will help inform the questions we ask during public consultation. To join the e-panel, please e-mail PC50@uhcc.govt.nz with your name and preferred contact e-mail address.

Focus Groups

The Focus Groups will help us to identify issues with our existing plan, and look at opportunities to meet the direction set by our strategies and other regional and national policy. The groups will help test ideas before the wider community is engaged.

We have set up two groups of approximately 8 members; one focused on the rural areas, and one focused on the urban residential areas. We expect the groups to meet every couple of months. 

The groups are intended to represent the community and include a mix of backgrounds, ages, genders, experiences and viewpoints in order to provide for a range of lived experiences in Upper Hutt and diversity in people from different geographic areas.

For more information, please see our Terms of Reference(PDF, 213KB).

Minutes

Rural Group

Residential Group

 
Latest Feedback

Papers on currently identified issues and options for rural and residential areas were released on 16 March 2020. Feedback closed on 8 May 2020.

Feedback was sought on these and what other issues, opportunities, and options people have also identified for rural and residential areas. Please see here for all of the detailed information.

What is Plan Change 50?

We’re going through a ‘rolling review’ of our District Plan. This means it is reviewed by chapter or by issue, instead of the entire plan at once.

Plan Change 50 is the review of the Residential and Rural chapters. The plan change will review the policies and rules about how land within these zones can be used and developed in the future. We need to make the best use of the land available, and ensure that it helps create vibrant and healthy communities.

We’ll be looking at things like:

  • Enabling different types of housing
  • Subdivision sizes
  • Building heights and densities
  • Family flats
  • Outdoor space requirements
  • At home businesses
  • Zone types and boundaries
Where we are at, and what's next?

Large scale reporting has been underway over the last year in order to identify what issues currently exist and what opportunities may assist us in addressing these issues. Community focus groups have also been established to better understand the implications of reporting conclusions at the local level, whether or not this accurately reflects their understanding of the environment, and what other problems and solutions they believe exist.

The identified rural and residential Issues and Opportunities captures the conclusions of these discussions and reports, and summarises the issues and opportunities identified to date. We sought your feedback over March/May 2020 on whether you believe this accurately reflects the current issues for rural and residential areas and the opportunities that exist to secure their future.

This period of engagement represents the first in a wider agenda of public consultation. Feedback we receive on this report will help us define what the desired community outcomes are for rural and residential areas and what methods we should use to achieve them – to be known as our Strategic Objectives and Policies.

Current PC50 Project Status

As above, it is anticipated that feedback will be sought on these objectives and policies in the latter part of 2020. These concluding statements set the framework for all supporting objectives and provisions that would be articulated for rural and residential areas.

It is currently anticipated that a draft plan change will be publicly released for feedback in mid-2021. Current feedback will influence the final proposed plan change, which is anticipated to be released for public consultation in early 2022.

Once the changes are developed, the process becomes more formal and is prescribed by the Resource Management Act 1991. Further information about the formal Resource Management Act can be found on the Ministry of Environment website.

Contact us

For more information or to speak to a planner about this work:

E: PC50@uhcc.govt.nz

P: +64 4 527 2169

Frequently asked questions

How long will the Plan Change take?

This initial stage of Plan Change 50 is predicted to continue until 2022, when we will transition into the more formal notification stage set out in the Resource Management Act. The timeframes after notification will depend on the submissions we receive.

 How can I get involved and provide feedback?

The best way to get involved is to join our e-panel. This panel will be updated throughout the plan change process and will be asked for additional feedback on key topics. You can join our e-panel by e-mailing us at PC50@uhcc.govt.nz