• Te Whakamāramatanga o te Panonihanga | About the changes

    Why we’re making the changes

    The plan change will enable greater housing supply and choice in Rotorua by amending the current rules. This is an important part of addressing our housing shortage because it enables more houses to be built in areas that have access to jobs, public transport, amenities and other community facilities. By allowing more medium and high density housing, we can utilise our space better to provide more houses for everyone. We aim to achieve these housing outcomes through revisions to our zoning framework shown below:

    Community-focused reasons

    The benefit of increasing density standards is that we allow more housing options for more people. And when more people live in an area, we can invest more efficiently in those things that enhance a community such as parks and open spaces, streets, schools and health services. This is critical to creating thriving communities.

    Due to our aging population, we expect an increase in smaller households over time and a growing preference for smaller, attached houses, which we currently have a shortage of. These intensification measures will ensure greater housing choice to meet changing preferences.

    Small housing types also provide opportunity for more affordable housing options over time and therefore greater access to housing for the community.

    Our Intensification Design Guide for larger scale development along with the MfE’s National Medium Density Design Guide will encourage these new builds to look good, respect the privacy of the properties next door, and create great spaces and neighbourhoods for us all to live in.

    Legislative Context

    Rotorua Lakes Council was identified as a ‘specified territorial authority’ by the Minister for the Environment under the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021. The Amendment Act supported changes outlined in the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 (NPSUD) and required Rotorua Lakes Council to notify a plan change implementing intensification policies by 20 August 2020. The Amendment Act defines a set of Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS) that we must apply to our residential zones in the District Plan when the Plan is notified on 20 August 2020.

    What it means for you

    We’re contacting those directly affected by mailing out the details of the proposed changes. We’re also making sure we share these proposed changes with the whole community, so everyone is aware and can have their say.

    Even if your property is not directly affected, you can still make a submission and explain why you support or oppose the plan change.

    If you need to understand how this plan change may affect your property please lodge a query with our customer service team at policy.planning@rotorualc.nz

    We are producing a plan change document (section 32 report) that includes an explanation of the proposed changes. This report considers the appropriateness of the plan change and assesses the costs and benefits of the environmental, economic, social and cultural effects anticipated from the plan change.

    The Plan Change Process

    1. Plan Change is notified and submissions open
    2. Once all submissions are received, they are summarised and notified.
    3. Certain people can make further submissions in writing on the prescribed form.
    4. Further submissions cannot identify new issues but can support or oppose the contents of original submissions.
    5. Further submissions are called for over a period of at least 10 working days.
    6. Council will then hold a hearing which will be overseen by Independent Hearing Commissioners, if required, for submitters to verbally present their submissions. The hearing panel can be made of accredited councillors, independent commissioners, or a mix.
    7. After the hearing, Council decides to accept or reject each submission received in whole or in part.
    8. Council will then publicly notify its decision.

    What’s being proposed

    There are a few ways things will change. Some of the new rules that implement the Medium Density Residential Standards must be implemented, under law, from August 2022. We have also developed our own range of suggested changes, which are the ones open for submission. Finally, some areas do not specifically align with the changes and we are suggesting they stay the same.

    You can jump directly to each area:

  • Te Whakamananga o te Wāhi Noho Apiapi Wawaenga – He mea whakatinana i raro i te ture i te 20 o Akuhata, i te tau 2022 | Enabling Medium Density Housing- Implemented under law from 20 August 2022

    Mandatory provisions enacted from 20 August 2022 will enable landowners to build up to three houses of up to three storeys on their site, with no resource consent required. Instead, these houses will proceed straight to applying for building consents. This new rule applies to most sites, unless resource consent is required for another reason or a qualifying matter applies.

    These mandatory provisions will apply to the current Residential 1 and Residential 2 Zones, which covers most of the urban area. It should however be noted that most of the Residential 2 Zone has been proposed through the plan change to be high density zone (orange area in map below). The medium density zoning for this zone under the MDRS would therefore further change to high density once the plan is made operative.

    Residential areas where changes will apply:

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    Key Provisions for the Residential 1 Zone:

    Performance Standards

    Current Residential 1 Zone – Low Density Living

    Proposed Residential 1 Zone – Medium Density Residential Zone

    Maximum Building Height

    7.5m

    11m with an allowance for the peak of the roof to extend an additional 1m.

    Density

    Average one unit per 450m2

    3 Residential Units per Site

    Minimum distance from house to front yard

    Minimum distance from house to side and Rear

    5m

    2.5m

    1.5m

    1m

    Height envelope

    3m + 45 degrees

    4m + 60 degrees

    Maximum amount of site that can be covered by buildings

    40%

    50%

    Outdoor living space


    A minimum of 10% of the net site area shall be provided as outdoor recreation and amenity space

    Where at ground floor – minimum 20m2, with no dimension less than 3m

    Where above ground floor – minimum 8m2, with no dimension less than 1.8m

    Outlook space

    No controls

    The minimum dimension for a required outlook space are as follows:

    1. A principal living room must have an outlook space with a minimum dimesion of 4m by 4m
    2. All other habitable rooms must have an outlook space with a minimum dimension of 1m by 1m.

    Glazing

    No controls

    20% of the street facing facade to be glazed.

    Landscaping

    No controls

    Minimum 20% of a development site


    Read the Ministry for the Environment factsheet on these standards.

    In practice, what you might start to see are residential developments in a variety of sizes and forms, including detached dwellings, terrace housing and low-rise apartments.

    What these standards will look like if a site is built out to the maximum:


    What houses could look like under the new Medium Density Residential Standards:

    How we are providing for good medium density outcomes:

    Proposed Residential Zones changes open for submissions

    Other provisions that are proposed in the Plan Change that are not part of the MDRS include:

    • Rules that regulate minimum dwelling size, maximum building length, maximum impervious area and fences;
    • Assessment criteria for four or more dwellings to achieve quality-built outcomes; and
    • Rules associated with qualifying matters.

    The intent of these additional rules is to achieve quality-built outcomes. These outcomes are:

    • Attractive and safe streets
    • Quality living environments, and
    • Managed effects on the neighbours (privacy, daylight and access)

    We’re looking for your feedback on these changes. We’re suggesting these rules to make sure our city is well-designed and well-planned and works for everyone.

    Introducing a High Density Residential Zone

    It is proposed to primarily retain the spatial extent of the current Residential 2 zone but enable high-density housing such as terrace housing and apartments within this zone. Being close to the City Centre, the proposed Residential 2 - High Density Residential Zone is aligned to the most accessible areas within Rotorua, enabling more people to live in areas, which can access amenities and employment through active and public transport modes. The accessibility heat map below shows that the central part of the city is the most accessible (shown in the dark blue).

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    It is proposed to apply a 19.5m height limit within the Residential 2 High Density Residential Zone. This will enable up to five to six storey apartments in this zone as opposed to the three storeys walk-ups permitted through the MDRS.

    Key Provisions of the proposed Residential 2 Zone

    Performance Standards

    Current Residential 2 zone – Medium Density Living

    Proposed Residential 2 Zone – High Density Residential Zone

    Maximum Building Height

    7.5m

    19.5m

    Density

    One unit per 350m2

    3 houses per site - permitted

    4 or more dwellings – restricted discretionary

    Minimum distance from house to front yard

    Minimum distance from house to side and Rear

    3m


    2.5m

    1.5m

    1m

    Height envelope

    3m + 45 degrees

    12m + 60 degrees – within 23.5m from the road frontage.

    4m + 60 degrees – along all other boundaries.

    Maximum amount of site that can be covered by buildings

    No maximum site coverage

    50%

    Outdoor living space


    A minimum of 10% of the net site area shall be provided as outdoor recreation and amenity space


    Where at ground floor – minimum 20m2, with no dimension less than 3m

    Where above ground floor – minimum 6m2, with no dimension less than 1.8m

    Outlook space

    No controls

    From principal living room – minimum 4m by 4m; and

    From all other habitable rooms – minimum 1m by 1m

    Glazing

    No controls

    Minimum 20% of the street facing façade in glazing

    Landscaping

    No controls

    Minimum 20% of a development site

    How we are providing for good high density outcomes:



  • Ngā Panonihanga kua tohua mō te Tauhokohoko me te Rohe o te Pokapū o te Tāone | Proposed Commercial and City Centre Zone Changes

    The Plan Change has further considered how to enable high density residential and mixed-use (i.e. residential apartments above shops), development in the Commercial and City Centre Zones, due to their accessible location relative to amenity. The primary method of doing so is by enabling greater building heights in these locations. This provides better opportunities for city living, with the higher density resulting in increased activity and vibrancy in these key commercial locations.

    Given the City Centre 2 and the Commercial 6, zones are centrally located and highly accessible we have proposed to enable apartments above commercial development within these zones. Amendments have therefore been made to the provisions of the City Centre 2 and Commercial 6 zones to permit residential units in these locations.

    Proposed Commercial Zone Provisions

    Performance Standards

    Commercial 1 Zone -

    Commercial 2 Zone

    Commercial 4 Zone

    Commercial 5 Zone

    Commercial 6 Zone

    Maximum Building Height

    20m

    20m

    24m

    20m

    24m

    Density

    No density controls

    Minimum distance from building to yard

    No changes in distances, unless the site adjoins a Residential 1 or 2 Zone where the yard shall be 3m.

    No changes in distances, unless the site adjoins a Residential 1 or 2 Zone where the yard shall be 3m.

    No changes in distances, unless the site adjoins a Residential 1 or 2 Zone where the yard shall be 3m.

    No changes in distances.

    No changes in distances, unless the site adjoins a Residential 1 or 2 Zone where the yard shall be 3m.

    Height envelope

    Where sites are adjacent to Residential Zones – they must comply with the height envelope standards of the adjoining zone.

    Outdoor living space for residential units


    Minimum 6m2, with no dimension less than 1.5m - with exceptions.


    Minimum 6m2, with no dimension less than 1.5m - with exceptions.


    Where at ground floor – minimum 20m2, with no dimension less than 3m

    Where above ground floor – minimum 6m2, with no dimension less than 1.8m.

    Minimum 6m2, with no dimension less than 1.5m - with exceptions.



    Minimum 6m2, with no dimension less than 1.5m - with exceptions.


    Outlook space for residential units

    From principal living room – minimum 4m by 4m; and

    From all other habitable rooms – minimum 1m by 1m

    Landscaping for residential units

    No landscaping requirements

    No landscaping requirements

    Minimum 20% of a development site

    No landscaping requirements

    No landscaping requirements


    Proposed City Centre Zone Provisions

    Performance Standards

    City Centre 1 Zone

    City Centre 2 Zone

    City Centre 3 Zone

    Maximum Building Height

    32m

    24m

    24m

    Density

    No density requirements

    Minimum size of residential units

    The minimum net floor area of a studio unit shall be 35m2

    The minimum net floor area of a 1 bedroom unit shall be 45m2

    Outdoor living space for residential units


    Minimum area 6m2

    Minimum dimension of 1.5m

    May be grouped cumulatively in 1 communally accessible location or located directly adjacent to the unit.

    Exceptions

    Outlook space for residential units

    From principal living room – minimum 4m by 4m; and

    From all other habitable rooms – minimum 1m by 1m


    Map of proposed height changes

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    How we are providing for good outcomes for residential development in business zones:



  • Ētehi atu Panonihanga Tautoko kua tohua e wātea ana kia Tāpaetia | Proposed Additional Supporting Changes Open for Submission

    Financial Contributions for Reserves

    The proposed amendments include extending the ability to charge reserve contributions for permitted residential activities i.e. up to three units, to capture the greater potential for residential units to be constructed without a subdivision or land use consent. To ensure Financial Contributions are fit for purpose, it is proposed that they are reduced as follows:

    • In most urban zones from 5% to 3.5%, to encourage efficient land use.
    • In the Rural Zone to 2.5%, recognising the residents in these areas have less demand for the reserve network; and
    • For minor residential units to 1%, to encourage an increase in ‘smaller’ housing types to meet demand, and to address the fact that there are less household occupants and lower demand on reserves by the individual household.

    Transport Provisions

    The Plan Change has the potential to impact and further exacerbate effects on the transport network in Rotorua. Amendments have therefore been proposed to the transport provisions to ensure that the anticipated effects of the increase in residential development, enabled through this plan change are well managed. In this regard, the proposed amendments include new planning provisions to manage the increased number of households accessed from one shared access way and requiring a simple transport assessment for more than 20 residential units.

    Papakāinga Housing

    This plan change also includes proposed amendments to the rules for papakāinga to make developments of this nature easier to do. The proposed amendments are in accordance with section 80E of the RMA, which enables an intensification planning instrument to amend provisions to enable papakāinga housing in the district in both urban and rural areas.

    The proposed amendments include:

    • Removing the requirement that papakāinga needs to be located on land that adjoin, or is adjacent to a Marae;
    • Amending the provisions to ensure that the framework for papakāinga in residential zones is in keeping with the MDRS and policy intent of the NPS-UD;
    • Introducing additional provisions to enable a greater density of papakāinga development in rural zones; and
    • Introducing additional performance standards for non-residential papakāinga development, recognising that papakāinga are not limited to housing.

    Qualifying Matters

    There are some areas of the city that may be identified as unsuitable for higher densities.

    The operative District Plan has rules that require certain features or values to be protected. We are not proposing to change these and those rules will continue to apply. These are referred to as existing qualifying matters.

    We are proposing new rules to manage flooding and development close to heritage buildings. We are also proposing to retain the Residential 3 Zone rules recognising their significant cultural values. These are new qualifying matters.

    Existing qualifying matters

    Existing qualifying matters within the Rotorua District Plan include:

    • National Grid
    • Natural Hazards
    • Historic and Cultural Values
    • Significant Natural Areas
    • Outstanding Natural Character
    • Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes
    • Public Access
    • Designations

    It is proposed to retain these current District Plan rules. These reasons or ‘qualifying matters’ can’t be used to prohibit intensification altogether, but they can be used to moderate the level of building height and density in places where it's needed.

    Through the plan change process, we must justify why they should be given a greater level of protection than other parts of the city. These reasons or ‘qualifying matters’, cannot be used to prohibit intensification altogether, but they can be used to moderate the level of building height and density in places.

    For example, if your section is in an area that is subject to flooding, the medium density residential standards won’t automatically apply. So if you’re looking at developing your land, it’s a good idea to get planning advice from us first.

    New qualifying matters

    Flooding

    Changes are proposed through this plan change to clarify and strengthen the District Plan to manage flooding with respect to building and subdivision, as development potential is increased through the Plan Change. Amendments are therefore proposed to better manage flood risk specifically, and to improve the efficiency of the current provisions.

    The proposed amendments to the district-wide flood management provisions will apply across the district within areas subject to flooding and are only considered a new qualifying matter where they are proposed to apply within the Residential 1 and 2 Zone. This will apply to properties where maximum flood depths on a building site are greater than 300mm.

    Residential 3 Zone

    This Plan Change includes retaining the current Residential 3 Zone (Ōhinemutu, Whakarewarewa, and Ngāpuna) rules. The current zoning framework recognises the villages of Ōhinemutu, Whakarewarewa and Ngāpuna as exceptional and unique places within the district. There will be no changes to the objectives, policies and rules in this zone due to the values and characteristics of these villages being considered to be a matter of national importance.

    Historic Heritage Structures

    Amendments are proposed to the provisions which manage historic heritage, to respond to the greater building height and bulk enabled through the Plan Change, which may give rise to adverse effects on the heritage values of cultural heritage features. It is anticipated that by including a ‘new building rule’ to sites, which contain historic heritage structures, the plan will manage the protection of historic heritage from inappropriate subdivision, use and development in the Residential 1 and 2 zones and the Commercial 4 zone.

    Summary of How Plan Change 9 amends the Rotorua District Plan

    Overview of Proposed Changes to the District Plan Chapters

    Key parts of PC9 to the Rotorua DP are summarised chronologically below in terms of the DP chapters:



    Proposal

    Part 2: District Wide Matters

    Strategic Direction

    • Amend the strategic direction objectives and policies for urban development to align with the NPS-UD.

    Historical and Cultural Values

    Historic Heritage:

    • Introduce a restricted discretionary rule applying to new buildings on the same site as a heritage structure listed in the Historic Structure Schedule, or on a specified adjacent site (new qualifying matter).

    Hazards and Risks

    Flooding:

    • Introduce a restricted discretionary rule applying to building and additions in areas where there are significant flood depths (new qualifying matter);
    • Supporting changes to existing relating provisions to manage flooding
      1. Amend design flood used for minimum building levels to 1% AEP with an allowance for climate change and extend building level standards to new buildings.
      2. Reduce the maximum impervious site coverage standards for Residential 1 and 2 Zones.

    Geothermal:

    • Insert a new permitted activity standard to ensure that any venting structures necessary for gas ingress mitigation shall be directed to vehicle access ways or the street.

    Subdivision

    • Incorporate the MDRS and related changes.
    • Clarify rules and activity status for subdivision of sites affected by flooding.

    Financial Contributions

    Financial Contributions for Reserves:

    • Align the purpose of contributions for reserves with the future reserve requirements by providing for the enhancement of existing reserves.
    • Reduce contribution rates to encourage more efficient land use
    • Extend contributions to permitted residential units

    Papakāinga

    • Delete performance standard that requires papakāinga to locate on land that adjoins or is adjacent to a Marae.
    • Align the framework for papakāinga in residential zones with the MDRS and policy intent of the NPS-UD.
    • Enable a greater density of papakāinga development in rural zones.
    • Clarify the activity status, and appropriate scale and intensity of non-residential activities that form part of a papakāinga development in rural zones.

    Part 3: Area Specific Matters

    Residential Zones

    • Align the objectives and policies with the intent of the NPS-UD.
    • Residential 1 Zone: Incorporate the MDRS, provisions for assessing proposals that do not comply with MDRS and other related changes. Rename the zone to Medium Density Residential Zone.
    • Residential 2 Zone: Incorporate the MDRS and related changes in Residential 2 Zone, but with some changes (for example to increased height height) to enable higher density development. Rename the zone to High Density Residential Zone.
    • Residential 3 Zone: Retain the existing zone provisions (new qualifying matter for the protection of relationship of Maori and their culture and traditions with ancestral lands, sites, etc.).

    Commercial Zones and City Centre Zones

    • Amend activity status of residential units to increase the opportunity for permitted residential units.
    • Respond to the NPS-UD with increased height limits for buildings and amendments to yards, landscaping and site coverage standards.
    • Support quality design through assessment of buildings and additions.

    Development Areas – Pukehangi Heights and Wharenui

    • Partially adopt the MDRS for Residential 1 Zone but retain existing provisions relating to natural hazards, infrastructure, cultural values and landscape values as qualifying matters.
    • Amendments to standards and policies for Pukehāngi Heights to protect landscape values of the Caldera Rim.
    • Delete/amend performance standards for Wharenui relating to the Eastern Arterial and road upgrades.

    Appendices and Maps

    Appendix 1 - Parking

    • Detail requirements for transport assessments for 20-100 residential units

    Maps

    • Amend the extents of the Residential 1 Zone and Residential 2 Zones
    • Rename the Residential 1 Zone from Low Density Living to Medium Density Residential Zone
    • Rename the Residential 2 Zone from Medium Density Living to High Density Residential Zone
    • Remove the Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti 1 in 50 year (20% AEP) flood levels.
  • Ka pēhea te āhua o ngā Panonihanga? | What the Changes Will Look Like

    Why do we need higher density housing?

    Rotorua is growing, and like all major cities in New Zealand, we are experience significant housing challenges. We are short of homes, and there is limited bare land available that is suitable for development. There is also very little choice in the type and size of homes available in existing residential areas, with the three/four-bedroom standalone house still the standard throughout Rotorua.

    To address these challenges it is important that Rotorua encourage residential intensification, which can be defined as: 'housing development at a higher density than what currently exists, through development, redevelopment, infill and expansion or conversion of existing buildings'. At a city level this means enabling the city to ‘grow up’ rather than ‘out’ by encouraging the development of multi-unit attached homes in appropriate locations on less land across the urban area. This is a conscious shift away from low-density urban sprawl characterised by large single storey standalone dwellings on large sections.

    What growing up and growing out looks like

    Intensification provides for:

    • A greater proportion of smaller housing typologies on smaller sections creating greater housing choice and more affordable housing overtime
    • Greater access to public amenity, shops and employment particularly for those that do not have access to transport;
    • Reduced travel costs for the local community;
    • Reduced infrastructure costs through more efficient urban growth;
    • A healthy community through the use of more active transport modes and closer proximity to public open space;
    • A positive impact on the climate by reducing carbon emissions, as we rely less on vehicles to get around;
    • Protection of our important productive soils and natural landscapes from encroachment
    • Increased neighbourhood interaction and community cohesion;
    • A safer community through an increase in passive surveillance, as the public realm is used more frequently;
    • Better utilised quality open space;

    The benefits to growing up

    Although it is important that we enable all types of housing, for different life stages and needs, like most parts of New Zealand, our population is aging and older age groups will increasingly make up a larger share of our community. Our aging population will mean smaller households and a growing preference for smaller, attached housing typologies, which we currently have a shortage of. So providing for residential intensification will ensure that as we grow we have enough homes to meet changing housing preferences over time.

    Experiencing Real Change- Long-term view of higher density housing

    Visible change in Rotorua through this plan change would not happen all at once. It would happen over time as development occurs across the city due to market demand, and as people decide to redevelop their sections in existing residential areas. Gradual change could happen like this:

    2022

    2042

    2062

    Remember, what you do with your house or land is up to you – but the proposed changes could open up significant opportunity for our community and our city over time.

    Design Guide

    In addition to the Plan Change, a Draft Design Guide for Residential Intensification has been produced, to provide more guidance on delivering quality intensification for larger scale developments in Rotorua. These have been created as an educational tool for the community, applicants (and their design team) and Council officers, around design principles and techniques which can be implemented to address common issues.

    This is another way we are making sure we’re building a Rotorua for Tomorrow that is fit for everyone’s needs, and that looks attractive.

    This guide is intended to build on the Ministry for the Environment’s National Medium Density Design Guide, which provides guidance on permitted levels of development under the MDRS (i.e. development of up to three residential units on a site).

    Our guide adds more information on intensive development (i.e. more than four dwellings), which are proposed to be assessed through a resource consent process.

    These are issues which are likely to arise in the design of more intensive residential developments (e.g. on-site privacy or building bulk). Matters covered within the Guidelines are aligned with planning provisions within the Plan Change.

  • Tā Mātau Kōrero mō te Tupunga Haeretanga | Our Wider Growth Story

    Our housing situation and other solutions

    Learn more about why we are needing to make changes to create housing solutions. This will help you understand why these plan changes are important and the reason the Government has asked us to move promptly.

    How we got here

    Visit our Housing Challenges page to learn more about the history of our city and how it has led us to our current housing situation. This also covers the Housing and Business Capacity Assessment main report and technical report that was adopted in February 2022. These were required of Rotorua Lakes Council as a tier 2 council under the Government’s National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD). Council also approved the inclusion of Housing Bottom Lines in the District Plan, also a requirement of council under the NPS-UD.

    Planning for growth

    Our planning for growth has already begun. Council developed the Spatial Plan in 2018 to outline how the district will grow, develop and change over 30 years to deliver Rotorua’s 2030 vision and goals.

    Future Development Strategy

    Council is currently in the process of developing a Future Development Strategy (FDS). The FDS will form the basis for integrated, strategic and long-term planning for our district. These types of plans are also known as spatial plans. The plan will enable Rotorua to develop its high-level vision for accommodating urban growth over the long term (30 years).

  • Te Hātepe Whakarite Whakaū Wawe | The Intensification Streamlined Planning Process

    The Intensification Streamlined Planning Process (“ISPP”) is a new planning process has been introduced to support Councils to implement the intensification policies of the NPS-UD and the MDRS. This process is called the Intensification Streamlined Planning Process (“ISPP”). Key steps in this process involve notifying the plan change for submissions and a hearing of submissions by independent commissioners, as outlined below.

    This process is intended to enable Council to implement the housing intensification required by the NPS-UD at least a year earlier than would normally be achieved through the standard RMA timeframes. The ISPP is based on the streamlined planning process in the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), with opportunities for Māori and iwi and public participation and no appeal rights.

    It is noted that the ISPP differs from the RMA First Schedule process in two ways:

    1. if Council does not accept the Hearings Panel recommendation on Plan Change 9, then the Minister makes the final decision
    2. submitters have no rights of appeal to the Environment Court; the only legal challenge a submitter could bring is to apply to the High Court for judicial review of the Council (or the Minister’s) process. Council does not have discretion on whether to use the ISPP process; this is a requirement of the Amendment Act.

    MfE guidance on the ISPP process is provided below:

    Intensification streamlined planning process | Ministry for the Environment

    Influencing the plan change

    There is limited scope as to what we – both Council and the community – can influence, as the Amendment Act dictates what many of the rules need to look like, especially for buildings of three storeys or less.

    What we can influence is what developments of four storeys or more will look like, and where these higher density areas are located. You will have the opportunity to have your say on this through the formal submission process.

    Plan changes and Legal Effect

    In general, proposed plan changes have legal effect when decisions on submissions are publicly notified. Some specific exceptions apply under sections 86A to 86G of the RMA. In addition to the existing rules within the District Plan, resource consents must be applied for activities that trigger new rules that have legal effect within proposed plan changes. In other words, different resource consents may be required under both the existing rules and the new rules.

    In terms of Plan Change 9, rules permitting residential units that comply with the MDRS within the Residential 1 Zone and Residential 2 Zone have immediate legal effect from notification of the plan change on 20 August 2022 (unless a qualifying matter applies). This means that there is immediately greater opportunity for constructing housing without the need to apply for a resource consent on many residential zoned sited throughout Rotorua. (Refer to the supporting technical reports and FAQs on the Council’s website for more detail on the qualifying matters that limit where the MDRS has immediate legal effect).

    Other parts of Plan Change 9 will only have legal effect once decisions have been made and notified by Council, after the submission and hearings process. The objectives and policies in Plan Change 9 can be considered from the notification date and weighted accordingly when Council considers relevant resource consent applications.

    This will only have legal effect once the plan change decisions have been released. The proposed objectives and policies can be considered from notification and weighted accordingly.

  • Te Tāpaetanga me te Tukanga Panoni i te Whakaritenga | The Submission and Plan Change Process

    CLOSED: This submission period has concluded.

    Make a submission

    Submissions are open from 20 August to 14 October 2022. We have doubled the required public notification period for submissions to 40 working days.

    About the submission process

    Things to consider when making a submission

    The following tips are useful when making submissions:

    • Make clear and easy to read points
    • Include your contact details
    • Identify whether you wish to speak at the hearing or not
    • Identify if you support or oppose the plan change
    • Detail the specific part of the District Plan your submission is about.

    Council has included a Submission Template which can be downloaded (Form 5 - Clause 6 of First Schedule Resource Management Act 1991) to assist in making your submission. Ministry for the Environment has also provided guidance on making a submission.

    Your submission should not include any issues not relevant to the plan change, as these will not be able to be considered by Council when making its decision. Please note, your submission, including your personal information, will be publicly available as part of the decision-making process.

    If you have made a submission on other housing or plan change matters in the past, these can’t be used for reference on the Housing for Everyone – Plan Change 9. You need to make another submission.

    The Ministry for the Environment has more information on submitting on this change on its website.

    Please ensure that your submission follows Form 5 of the Resource Management Act 1991 and includes the following:

    • Name of the proposed plan change that you are submitting on- in this case “Housing for Everyone, Plan Change 9
    • State whether you could/could not gain an advantage in trade competition through this submission
    • State whether you are or are not directly affected by the proposed plan change
    • State the specific provisions of the proposal that your submission relates to
    • Detail your submission
    • State what decision you are seeking from the Rotorua Lakes Council (i.e whether you support or oppose or wish to have provisions amended.
    • State whether you wish to be heard in support of your submission and whether you would consider presenting a joint case with other similar submitters at the hearing.
    • Please sign and date your submission

    Where to send your submission

    Submissions must be lodged in writing and either:

    Manager, Planning & Development Solutions
    Rotorua Lakes Council
    Freepost Authority Number 370
    Private Bag 3029
    Rotorua Mail Centre
    Rotorua 3046
    New Zealand

    Contacts

    If you have any questions about the application, please contact customer services at policy.planning@rotorualc.nz

    You can also check the Ministry for the Environment guide to making submissions.

    Friend of Submitter

    The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) has provided funding to appoint an independent ‘Friend of Submitter’ to help people have their say. Belinda Messenger has been appointed to this role. Belinda is a qualified, fully independent planner, who was not involved in developing Rotorua’s Housing for Everyone - Plan Change 9.

    Belinda can advise people who don’t have professional assistance on the process for lodging submissions, how they can present their views, and the steps after a submission is lodged. However, please note, it is not the role of the Friend of Submitter to advise on the merits of the plan changes, or to write a submission.

    The FOS Service is a free service that is available Monday to Friday 9am-4pm

    Friend of submitter contact details:

    Name: Belinda Messenger

    Email: planchange9@resourceplanning.nz


    Disclaimer:

    * Your email will be used as the address for service but if you prefer service by post please inform us by email.

    * Names of submitters will be published with the submissions and summary of submissions on the Council’s website.

  • The further submission and Plan Change Process

    CLOSED: The submission period has concluded.

    Make a further submission

    The further submissions period is open from 5 November to 18 November 2022.

    Who can make a further submission?

    The people who can make a further submissions are limited to:

    • any person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest;
    • any person that has an interest in the proposed plan change greater than the interest that the general public has; and
    • the local authority itself.

    Further submissions must be received by Council by 18 November 2022.

    What can a further submission address?

    A further submission must be limited to a matter in support of, or in opposition to, an initial submission.

    About the further submission process

    If you are unsure whether you can make a further submission, talk to council staff first as they may be able to provide some guidance. If you are still unsure, or have questions about the advice from council staff then you need to talk to a lawyer or resource management specialist.

    A copy of your further submission must be provided to the original submitter within 5 working days of the submission being lodged with Council. You must email/post a copy of this further submission to the person / organisation that you are commenting on - contact details can be obtained by emailing policy.planning@rotorualc.nz.

    For more information on the process and guidance on making a further submission, try the Ministry for the Environment website.

    Things to consider when making a submission

    The following tips are useful when making submissions:

    • Make clear and easy-to-read points
    • Include your contact details
    • Identify whether you wish to speak at the hearing or not
    • State the submission reference of the original submission that you are commenting on
    • State who made the submission that you are commenting on.
    • Clearly indicate which parts of the original submission you are commenting on.
    • Identify if you support or oppose the point in the original submission.
    • Provide reasons for your views and clarify whether you seek that the whole part or part of the submission is to be allowed/disallowed.

    Council has included a further submission template which can be downloaded (Form 6 - Clause 8 of First Schedule Resource Management Act 1991) to assist in making your submission.

    Your submission should not include any issues not relevant to the plan change, as these will not be able to be considered by Council when making its decision. Please note, your submission, including your personal information, will be publicly available as part of the decision-making process.

    If you have made a submission on other housing or plan change matters in the past, these can’t be used for reference on the Housing for Everyone – Plan Change 9. You need to make a new submission.

    Where to send your submission

    Submissions must be lodged in typing/writing and either:

    • submitted via Let’s Talk | Kōrero mai
    • emailed to policy.planning@rotorualc.nz
    • delivered to council customer services at 1061 Haupapa Street, Rotorua, 3010
    • posted to the address below:

    Manager, Planning & Development Solutions
    Rotorua Lakes Council
    Freepost Authority Number 370
    Private Bag 3029
    Rotorua Mail Centre
    Rotorua 3046
    New Zealand

    Contacts

    If you have any questions about the further submissions process, please contact customer services at policy.planning@rotorualc.nz.

    Friend of Submitter

    The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) has provided funding to appoint an independent ‘Friend of Submitter’ to help people have their say. Belinda Messenger has been appointed to this role. Belinda is a qualified, fully independent planner, who was not involved in developing Rotorua’s Housing for Everyone - Plan Change 9.

    Belinda can advise people who don’t have professional assistance on the process for lodging submissions, how they can present their views, and the steps after a submission is lodged. However, please note, it is not the role of the Friend of Submitter to advise on the merits of the plan changes, or to write a submission.

    The FOS Service is a free service that is available Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm

    Friend of submitter contact details:

    Name: Belinda Messenger

    Email: planchange9@resourceplanning.nz