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Plan changes and variations

Anyone can make a submission on a plan change.  Your submission must be made before the closing time and date on the plan change or variation. Each plan change has its own submission form.  For information about how to make a submission

Plan Change 4 - Inner Harbour Car Parking | Plan Change 1 and Variation 1 | Plan Changes 2 and 3 | Plan Change 62

  • Plan Change 4 - Inner Harbour Car Parking

    Council is proposing to amend the Tairāwhiti Resource Management Plan to ensure the provision of car parking to the Inner Harbour supports the enhancement of the area’s economic and amenity values.

    Calling for further submissions

    A Summary of Decisions requested on Proposed Plan Change 4 is now available and further submissions on Proposed Plan Change 4 are now able to be lodged.

    The following persons may make a further submission, in the prescribed form:

    • any person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest;
    • any person that has an interest in the proposal greater than the interest that the general public has; and
    • the local authority itself (Gisborne District Council)

    Further submissions may only be made in support of or in opposition to a relevant submission already received by Council. It must not raise new points of submission. It must follow the format set out in the RMA (Form 6).

    Make a further submission by sending a written submission to PO Box 747 Gisborne 4040 or an electronic submission to

    Further submissions close at 5.00pm Wednesday, 11 April 2018.

    Following the close of further submissions, a report will be prepared on the proposal and a hearing date will be set and notified to all submitters and ‘further submitters' who wish to be heard.


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  • Plan Change 1 and Variation 1

    Plan Change 1 - Variation 1 rationalise of the Tairāwhiti Plan by combining similar provisions and deleting those that do not assist with interpretation of the plan. It reduces the number of words (excluding schedules and appendices) by about 27%. This rationalisation is the second step in Council’s project to create a new combined plan from the former 7 resource management plans. The first step, the merger of the former plans and reorganisation of the provisions into a new structure, did not require a formal plan change process.

    Council approved the plan change and variation with minor changes in response to submissions.

    Any submitter may appeal the council decision on the proposed plan change to the Environment Court within 30 working days of this notice, appeal period closes Friday 23 February.

    Background Documents:

    Notice of Decision
    Decision on Plan Change 1 and Variation 1
    Summary of submissions
    • Tairāwhiti Plan Rationalisation Background Report and Section 32 Evaluation


    • Text Rationalisation Tracking Documents (showing rationalisation of the merged plan)

    Part A  
    Part B 
    o Part C
    o Part D 
    o Part E tracking document not provided as not subject to rationalisation
    o Part F 

    Provision Location Tracking Spreadsheet (former plans v new plan) 
    Historic Plans 
    Tairāwhiti Plan 

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  • Plan Changes 2 and 3 - Minor Changes to the Tairāwhiti Plan

    Plan Changes 2 and 3 to the Tairāwhiti Resource Management Plan address inconsistencies and ambiguous rules that result in interpretation difficulties. They aim to improve the plan for users.

    Plan Change 2 focuses on clarifying the landscaping rules in former Chapter 18 (Commercial Zones), former Chapter 19 (Industrial Zones) and former Appendix 32 (Rules for Landscaping) of the Combined Regional Land and District Plan, which are now contained in Part D and Appendix H12 of the Tairāwhiti Resource Management Plan. The plan change does not aim to change the meaning of the rules.

    Plan Change 3 focuses on minor changes to clarify the former Chapter 8 (Infrastructure). It also proposes minor changes to the former Chapter 4 (Natural Heritage), Chapter 18 (Commercial Zones), Chapter 19 (Industrial Zones), Chapter 21 (Rural Zones) and Appendix 25 of the Combined Regional Land and District Plan.  These provisions are now found in Part C and Part D of the Tairāwhiti Resource Management Plan.

    Submissions closed on Plan Change 2 and Plan Change 3 on Monday 31 July and the summary of submissions is now available.

    Further submissions closed at 5pm on Friday 8 September 2017

    Background Documents:

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  • Plan Change 62

    Plan change 62 to the Combined Regional Land and District Plan; Plan Change 3 to the Discharges Plan; and Plan Change 2 to the Transitional Regional Plan.

    Plan change 62 to the Combined Regional Land and District Plan proposes deleting provisions relating to

    Plan Change 3 to the Discharges Plan proposes deleting the entire Discharges Plan.

    Plan Change 2 to the Transitional Regional Plan proposes deleting most of the remaining provisions.

    These provisions are replaced by the Proposed Gisborne Regional Freshwater Plan now part of the Tairāwhiti Resource Management Plan

    The proposed changes are shown as a strike through for deletions and underlining for new provisions in the original plans.

    Please note that under section 86A of the RMA, Council can still give weight to the relevant objectives and policies in this plan until the Freshwater Plan becomes operative (when decisions are made). This does not apply to the rules. 

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