The Hurunui District Plan is a legal document which affects the day-to-day lives of everybody in the Hurunui District. The Plan is a requirement of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The purpose of the RMA is the sustainable management of natural and physical resources while avoiding, remedying or mitigating adverse environmental effects and providing for the well being of communities. The Plan's framework provides objectives, policies and methods to manage the use and development of natural and physical resources to meet the purpose of the RMA.
The current Hurunui District Plan was made operative on 7th August 2003 but it has not been frozen in time. The Council has processed nearly 30 changes to parts of the Plan since it became operative.
Details of all of the plan changes can be found here.
The Hurunui District Plan is divided into three main parts:
This part of the Plan identifies important issues within the Hurunui District based on broad concepts such as:
- Use of non-renewable resources (eg. land and soil)
- Protection of resources with significant value (eg. heritage)
- Protection and enhancement of environmental quality (eg. open space, privacy, sunlight, visual amenity)
- Hazards mitigation (eg. flooding)
Under the broader heading, issues are identified and objectives established to address those issues. Policies are developed for each objective and more specific methods for achieving those policies are set down.
The first section of the Plan establishes a hierarchy of management tools on which the remainder of the District Plan is based.
This section of the District Plan implements the objectives and policies set out in the Management Strategy. The Management Code is the rule section of the Plan and is divided into the following sections:
- District-wide Rules
- Environments of Special Concern (eg. urban areas, Hanmer Basin and coastal environments)
- General Procedures (including assessment criteria*)
* The Assessment Criteria contained in the General Procedures assist planners in processing resource consents and should be considered when preparing consent applications.
The Planning Maps are contained in a separate volume to the text of the Plan. The maps are divided into two sections for ease of use:
- General Management Area (rural)
- Urban Area (eg. residential, business, industrial and open space)
The District Plan seeks to maintain the special character of the Hanmer Springs town with design standards for new buildings.
National environmental standards are regulations issued under the RMA and apply nationally. The above link explains why we have national environmental standards, and links to current standards in effect and standards in development.
The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry came into force on 1 May 2018. The Proposed Hurunui District Plan has been updated with the relevant changes. Please go to this page for an update on when the Proposed Hurunui District Plan will become operative.
If you are required to provide information to Hurunui District Council regarding permitted activities under the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry, please email this to the Duty Planner ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
An Everyday Guide to the RMA is a set of booklets to help you with everyday matters under the RMA. The booklets explain specific RMA processes, your rights, and how you can get involved.
For more information about the District Plan or to establish what zone you are in and how rules may affect you, please contact Planning at the Amberley Office of the Hurunui District Council or email a Planning Officer.
The District Plan is available for purchase in hard copy and on CD. Please contact us for information on availability and pricing.