Upper Hutt City Council will begin city-wide engagement this week to seek feedback from residents on proposed changes to
its District Plan - Plan Change 50.
Over the last two and a half years, Council has been working through a review of the residential and rural chapters of
its District Plan to see how it might unlock housing across the city to accommodate the projected growth.
That, along with Government’s National Policy Statement on Urban Development which directs Council to enable greater
housing supply, means it is proposing big changes, including reducing the proportion of suburban residential zone by
50%, creating High and Medium Density zones, enabling the construction of a second dwelling on most residentially zoned
sites, creating provisions to enable Papakāinga and communal housing options, and establishing settlement zoning
throughout the Maymorn area.
Director Planning and Regulatory Services, Richard Harbord, says “Before we go through a formal consultation process
with our community in 2022, we want to share our draft proposals for rural and residential areas for feedback, to
improve the quality of our final proposal.”
Council is expecting the proposed zoning changes to be of significant interest to residents, with the medium and high
density zones to be introduced across the city. An interactive map is available and people can enter their address to
see how their property could be impacted.
“One important thing to remember when our community is looking at the proposed zoning changes is that this is a
multi-generational plan. The intensification won’t happen overnight, we expect it could take between 30 and 50 years
until we see this kind of development at scale” says Richard Harbord.
“We’re also seeking feedback on proposed changes to things like how we plan to protect character areas from
overdevelopment, how we can make subdividing more flexible, how we can offer great housing choice and diversity, and how
we can develop sustainably” he says.
The feedback period opens on 23 July and runs for six weeks. Formal consultation is expected to take place in 2022. Go
to find out more.