District Plan - Draft Plan Change 2 - Pukehangi Heights

Land in the Pukehangi area is currently zoned as a future growth area but Rotorua is growing faster than was anticipated when the District Plan was finalised. Council is wanting to make it easier for land owners to move ahead with their plans more quickly to help address the district’s current housing shortage.

At the same time Council wants to ensure positive outcomes of development for the surrounding community.

The plan change has been developed with a focus on achieving a higher standard for developments within the Pukehangi area. There has been a strong focus in the work done to date on landscape values, well designed and connected developments, good cycling and walkway connections including public access to the caldera, low impact stormwater design and taking opportunities to enhance ecological values.

What next?

Land in the Pukehangi area is currently zoned as a future growth area but Rotorua is growing faster than was anticipated when the District Plan was finalised. Council is wanting to make it easier for land owners to move ahead with their plans more quickly to help address the district’s current housing shortage.

At the same time Council wants to ensure positive outcomes of development for the surrounding community.

The plan change has been developed with a focus on achieving a higher standard for developments within the Pukehangi area. There has been a strong focus in the work done to date on landscape values, well designed and connected developments, good cycling and walkway connections including public access to the caldera, low impact stormwater design and taking opportunities to enhance ecological values.

What next?

  • What is a 'Streamlined Plan Change Process'?

    about 2 months ago
    Streamline plan change process

    One of the amendments to the RMA in 2017 was the inclusion of provisions enabling the use of a Streamlined Plan Change Process (SPP)4.

    The SPP enables a shortened Plan Change process to occur in a limited range of circumstances – this includes:

    • Plan Changes that are implementing a national direction e.g. the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (NPS UDC); and/or
    • Plan Changes that are being used to meet a significant community need.

    We believe there is a strong argument that the need for additional housing in Rotorua triggers both of these criteria. Rotorua Lakes Councillors have approved...

    One of the amendments to the RMA in 2017 was the inclusion of provisions enabling the use of a Streamlined Plan Change Process (SPP)4.

    The SPP enables a shortened Plan Change process to occur in a limited range of circumstances – this includes:

    • Plan Changes that are implementing a national direction e.g. the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (NPS UDC); and/or
    • Plan Changes that are being used to meet a significant community need.

    We believe there is a strong argument that the need for additional housing in Rotorua triggers both of these criteria. Rotorua Lakes Councillors have approved this approach and have moved that an application will be made to the Minister for the Environment to use the Streamlined Plan Change Process,

    The key difference between the standard ‘1st Schedule’ Plan Change process and the SPP is the removal of appeal rights. However, this approach still provides significant opportunities for public participation, whether that is land owners, neighbours.

    For more information on the Streamlined Plan Change Process here


  • More Information:

    6 months ago

    Issues and Options paper - here

    · A summary of the issues associated with development occurring within this area and the options that have been considered in developing a draft plan change.

    · Draft Plan Change Provisions
    This is the rule framework we are considering putting in the District Plan – if approved (and it may well be amended through the process) this framework would be what any future subdivision application and any subsequent development would be assessed against.


    Issues and Options paper - here

    · A summary of the issues associated with development occurring within this area and the options that have been considered in developing a draft plan change.

    · Draft Plan Change Provisions
    This is the rule framework we are considering putting in the District Plan – if approved (and it may well be amended through the process) this framework would be what any future subdivision application and any subsequent development would be assessed against.