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Plan Change 6 Category 3 Lifestyle Subdivision Provisions for Displaced Landowners

Following the devastating impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle, the worst hit areas were deemed to pose too high a risk to life for continued residency. Those areas were noted as Category 3 and, with Government, plans and policies to assist those who wanted to relocate were put in place.

Understanding the importance of community and what living in a particular place could mean to a whānau, Council has created a pathway for property owners to relocate to an area that is within relatively close proximity of their home.

Plan Change 6 provides Category 3 property owners with a two-year window (from the time of signing of the voluntary buy-out agreement) to locate a piece of land outside hazardous areas but within a 5km distance from their original house, on which to build a home.

Plan Change 6 is being managed using the Resource Management Act ‘streamlined planning process’. Utilisation of the streamlined planning process was provided for under an Order in Council enacted by Government after the cyclone. This streamlined planning process can be used only for replacement housing purposes. The streamlined process includes public consultation and submissions, but limits matters on which appeals can be made. The final decision cannot be appealed to the Environment Court unless it is on a matter of law. More information can be found at here.

Why are we making the change?

Council wants those impacted to have opportunities that work for them; noting that this plan change relies on landowners being willing to sell sections to cyclone-affected property owners. While some residents will not feel safe or comfortable living in the area others will want to stay in their community. Council wants to support that, in a safe and sustainable way.

The details

The plan change would enable Category 3 property owners who had a residential dwelling on their property to source a rural or rural residential-zoned piece of land within a 5km radius of their original property. The land cannot be within the categorised area and would need to be reviewed.

Noting that subdivision may not currently be allowed on the newly sourced land, this plan change would allow the new property’s original use to be changed via resource consent without as many constraints as usual.

Being able to move to and build on the desired land is not guaranteed. The resident/landowner would apply and it would be reviewed, assessing the normal subdivision criteria for lifestyle sites.

Under the plan change the current allowed use of the land can change to meet the needs of the displaced resident. The land will still need to be assessed for the new use and, if approved, the normal Building Consent process followed.

For more information, see our FAQs on this page of the Hastings District Council website.

Supporting documents

Make a submission

Feedback can be submitted between Saturday 24 February and Friday 22 March. Submissions can be made via the online form below  or a form can be completed at the Hastings District Council Customer Service area, or at any of the Hastings District Libraries. You can also download and complete a submission form and post it to: Hastings District Council, Private Bag 9002, Hastings 4156; Attn: Plan Change 6.

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