Ministers Statement of Expectations for the Plan Change

30 January, 2020


The Minister for the Environment’s expectations for Rotorua District Council, in undertaking the streamlined plan change process, are as follows:

  • beginning no later than when proposed Plan Change 2: Pukehāngi Heights is notified under Step 1, dates and anticipated timeframes for the steps in the streamlined planning process are identified (and updated as necessary) on a publicly accessible website so members of the public can be informed.
  • the following parties should be served notice of the proposed plan change when notified:
    • Bay of Plenty Regional Council
    • Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuarā
    • Ngāti Whakaue
    • Ngāti Rangiwewehi
    • Ngāti Raukawa
    • Te Arawa Lakes Trust
    • Rotorua Lakes Strategy Group.
  • submissions and further submissions on the proposed Plan Change 2: Pukehāngi Heights should be placed on a publicly accessible website within five working days after each submission period closes.
  • consideration be given to the skills required to appropriately consider the issues relevant to proposed Plan Change 2: Pukehāngi Heights when appointing members of the hearing panel.
  • the recommended Plan Change 2: Pukehāngi Heights should provide sufficient development capacity for a minimum housing yield of approximately 790 dwellings, comprising a mix of densities and typologies that will meet demand, while recognising the constraints that apply to the land that is subject to the rezoning.


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