Plan Change 50 – Rural and Residential Chapters Review

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Shaping the urban growth and rural development of Upper Hutt

We’re embarking on a significant review of the residential and rural areas of our District Plan, which controls development and land use in Upper Hutt. We’ve called this review ‘Plan Change 50’ because we’ll be changing policies and rules in the District Plan to enable the right types of housing growth in the right places.

The reality is that continuing to plan for and accommodate development in the same way we have in the past may not achieve the best future for our city. We expect that we will have a shortfall of up to 2,100 homes by 2047 if we don’t change the way we do things. This plan change will address that so we can achieve better outcomes for future generations, while growing in a sensible and sustainable way.

Over the last year we’ve carried out detailed analysis to identify what issues currently exist and what opportunities may help us address these issues. They include things like how we will protect residential character areas from overdevelopment, where we’ll seek to intensify residential living, where we will build high density housing and how growth areas, like Kingsley Heights, the Southern Growth Area (Eastern Pinehaven Hills) and Gillespies Block, will be developed.

We also established focus groups within our community so we could better understand what impacts the outcome of our analysis might have. Earlier this year we identified a list issues and opportunities for both the rural and residential areas of Upper Hutt and asked for you feedback through our ‘Lets Korero’ initiative. You can read more about this in the section below: March/May 2020 – Issues and Opportunities Feedback.

Proposed Strategic Objectives and Policies 
September-November 2020 - Your Feedback

We’re now ready to share the approach we’re planning to take and ask for your feedback on the following themes:

  • Enabling growth areas with clear outcomes - e.g. identifying new areas for rural and residential development
  • Retaining our character - e.g. protecting identified character areas from overdevelopment
  • Having flexibility when subdividing - e.g. flexible and adaptable subdivision controls
  • Greater housing choice and diversity is available to enable affordability and accessibility – e.g. allowing small dwellings on existing sites and construction of more one and two bedroom units
  • Intensifying development in appropriate rural and residential areas – e.g. high density housing around urban train stations and the city centre, and lifestyle development in rural areas
  • Creating opportunities for home enterprise - e.g. Airbnb style accommodation, working from home or selling goods from your home
  • Developing sustainably with resilience in mind - e.g. water management, infrastructure capacity and energy/emission reduction

Your feedback on these changes will help us cultivate Upper Hutt’s reputation as a fantastic scenic playground, a centre for opportunity, offering diversity in housing choice, and having happy residents in our community.

See below to read what Strategic Objectives and Policies we'd like feedback on:
To view anticipated spatial outcomes from proposals, see our Strategic Objectives and Policies Map here.

 

Don’t miss your opportunity to read through what’s planned and to have your say using our online feedback form here. Paper-based forms are available from council reception and at our libraries.

Feedback closes on 2 November 2020.

Want to talk to someone? You can speak with a member of our Planning team, just call (04) 527 2169.

 

March/May 2020 – Issues and Opportunities Feedback
Opened 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:

See below for a summary of the feedback we received on our Issues and Opportunities and Lets Korero:

PC50 Engagement Report - Issues and Opportunities for the Rural and Residential Review(PDF, 1MB)

 

Plan Change 50 Reporting

 Phase 2 Reporting:

 

Phase 1 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).

Meeting Notes:

Rural Focus Group:

Residential Focus 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. A summary of the feedback we received can be found here:

 

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 has helped us define what the desired community outcomes are for rural and residential areas and what methods we should use to achieve them – known as our Strategic Objectives and Policies.

Strategic Objectives and Policies have now been released for feedback and are available on the PC50 main page. 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