Proposed Plan Change 2 to the Operative Kapiti Coast District Plan 2021

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Proposed Plan Change 2 to the Operative Kapiti Coast District Plan 2021 (District Plan) responds to Government requirements to change the District Plan to accommodate more residents, businesses and community services in Kāpiti. It is also a significant step towards implementing our Growth Strategy, Te Tupu Pai – Growing Well.

Submissions on Proposed Plan Change 2 have been extended to close at 5pm, Tuesday 27 September.

You can make a submission at the bottom of this page, or alternatively, by either:


In summary, this plan change:

  • incorporates the Government’s Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS) into our District Plan, allowing the construction of up to three three-storey residential units on most sites in the General Residential Zone as a permitted activity where all the MDRS are complied with
  • enables increased levels of development in and around Kāpiti’s centres and around the train stations at Paekākāriki, Paraparaumu and Waikanae
  • rezones some areas to General Residential Zone
  • proposes new design guides to encourage high-quality design of residential and mixed use development
  • replaces all references to the Council’s Subdivision and Development Principles and Requirements 2012 document with references to the Land Development Minimum Requirements April 2022 document
  • provides for qualifying matter areas where development is less enabled, including areas already identified in the District Plan, plus new areas including a Coastal Qualifying Matter Precinct, a Marae Takiwā Precinct, and Kārewarewa Urupā in Waikanae Beach.

Plan Change 2 also proposes:

  • providing for tangata whenua to develop papakāinga housing developments
  • making improvements to the District Plan’s financial contributions provisions.

For more information, see Proposed Plan Change 2: Intensification on our website.


What you can submit on

You can make a submission on any aspect of Proposed Plan Change 2. Your submission should:

  • identify the specific provisions of Proposed Plan Change 2 on which you’re making a submission
  • identify whether you support or oppose these provisions, or wish to have them amended
  • explain the reasons for your submission.

The Ministry for the Environment has published guidance on making a submission as part of the Intensification Streamlined Planning Process. You can find it on their website at Understanding the RMA (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021: Information on submitting.


Friend of Submitter service

Making a submission isn’t something everyone does every day, so the Ministry for the Environment has provided funding to appoint an independent ‘Friend of Submitter’, to help you take part in the Intensification Planning Instrument (IPI) process.

Hannah McCashin from Incite has been appointed to this role. Hannah is a qualified planner who is fully independent from Council and has had no involvement in developing Plan Change 2.

The Friend of Submitter is available to advise people who don’t already have professional assistance on the process for lodging submissions. They can help with how you might present your views in a submission, and the steps you’ll need to take after lodging your submission. The Friend of Submitter can’t provide advice on the merits of the IPI or write your submission for you.

Hannah’s contact details are:

Hannah McCashin
Email: hannah@incite.co.nz
Phone: 022 0675 911

Note: Hannah’s working hours are Monday–Thursday, 9am–5pm.

There’s no cost for this service.




Accessing Proposed Plan Change 2

You can download the notification documents for Proposed Plan Change 2 from the Documents on the right of your screen. We’ve also prepared an e-Plan version of Proposed Plan Change 2.

Note: The official version of Plan Change 2 is the Proposed Plan Change 2 – Intensification (Intensification Planning Instrument) document. While the ePlan version of Plan Change 2 has been prepared with skill and care, if there are any discrepancies then the PDF document will prevail over the ePlan.

The ePlan can also be used to see how Plan Change 2 might affect a property. The guide walks you through the steps on how to turn the map layers in order to see the zone, precinct, proposed new precinct (if applicable) and any qualifying matter areas that the property is within. This can be used to see which elements of the plan change might be particularly relevant to you.


Summary of Proposed Plan Change 2 by area

If you're interested in seeing how Plan Change 2 might be relevant to your area, see our Ward by Ward Summary of Plan Change 2 – Intensification.

Note: This summary contains general information about PC2. It's not comprehensive, and doesn't describe every aspect of the plan change that may be relevant to you. If you wish to make a submission on PC2, you must make the submission on the Proposed Plan Change 2 – Intensification (Intensification Planning Instrument) itself, and not this summary.


Government requirement for this change

The Government passed the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021 in December 2021. This law requires the Council to change the District Plan to:

Under this law, Council can also make the following changes to the District Plan:

  • changes to enable papakāinga housing
  • changes to financial contributions provisions
  • other changes that support or are consequential on incorporating the MDRS or giving effect to policies 3 and 4 of the NPS-UD.

The plan change is not allowed to include anything else.

The Ministry for the Environment has published guidance for the public on this legislation in Understanding the RMA (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021: General Overview (Ministry for the Environment).


Legal advice on scope of Plan Change 2

Council has decided to release an additional document, Advice letter – implementing the Enabling Housing Amendment Act, which provides legal advice on the scope of the proposed plan change. This advice informed the Section 32 Evaluation Report, which assesses how the provisions of Plan Change 2 meets the objectives of the RMA.


Increased development in and around our centres and train stations

Policy 3 of the NPS-UD requires our District Plan to enable:

  • in metropolitan centre zones, that building heights and density of urban form reflect demand for housing and business use in those locations, and in all cases building heights of at least six storeys
  • building heights of at least six storeys in at least a walkable catchment of:
    • existing and planned rapid transit stops
    • the edge of metropolitan centre zones
  • within and adjacent to neighbourhood centre zones, local centre zones, and town centre zones, that building heights and densities of urban form are commensurate with the level of commercial activity and community services.

This means the District Plan is required to enable increased building heights within the:

  • Metropolitan Centre Zone at Paraparaumu
  • Town Centre Zones at Ōtaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu Beach and Raumati Beach
  • Local Centre Zones at Waikanae Beach, Kena Kena, Mazengarb Road, Meadows, Raumati South and Paekākāriki.

We’re also required to enable increased building heights within walkable catchments (or walkable distances) of these zones, and the train stations at Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Paekākāriki (rapid transit stops). This is explained further in section 5.2.4 of the Council’s Section 32 Evaluation Report.

The proposed changes to the District Plan maps, in Appendix A of the Proposed Plan Change 2 – Intensification (Intensification Planning Instrument) document, show the location of each of the Metropolitan, Town and Local Centre Zones, where increased heights are proposed to be enabled. They also show the location and extent of proposed Residential Intensification Precincts, which are areas within walkable catchments of these zones and the train stations at Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Paekākāriki, where the increased heights are also proposed to be enabled.


Consultation

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) requires Council to publicly notify a proposed version of this plan change for formal submissions and a hearing.

While we’ve previously consulted on the subjects covered by this plan change, please note:

  • Council cannot “carry through” feedback given through previous consultations
  • If you wish to provide feedback on Proposed Plan Change 2, you will need to prepare a new submission and submit it to Council

Previous consultations included:

  • In April 2022, we sought public feedback on a draft version of this plan change. We received feedback from over 200 individuals and organisations, and this led to some useful improvements to the “proposed” version of the plan change that’s now being publicly notified. You can read a summary of that feedback and responses in Section 32 Evaluation Report: Appendix B – Summary of Public Feedback on Draft PC2[PDF 1.15 MB].
  • In late 2021 Council also consulted widely during development of our Growth Strategy, Te Tupu Pai – Growing Well. Among other things, this consultation covered a proposed approach to intensification across the General Residential Zone, in and around the District’s centres and around the train stations at Paekākāriki, Paraparaumu and Waikanae. Proposed Plan Change 2 is consistent with the approach to intensification in the Growth Strategy. The Growth Strategy was adopted by Council in February 2022. You can read more at Growth Strategy, Te Tupu Pai – Growing Well.

Important words and phrases used in the consultation

You can find more about important words and phrases used in this consultation on our website at Important words and phrases.

  • Intensification planning instrument (IPI)

  • Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS)

  • National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 (NPS-UD)

  • Qualifying matters

  • Rezoning areas to General Residential Zones

  • Design guides

  • Land Development Minimum Requirements

  • Papakāinga

  • Financial contributions provisions

  • Immediate legal effect


Proposed Plan Change 2 to the Operative Kapiti Coast District Plan 2021 (District Plan) responds to Government requirements to change the District Plan to accommodate more residents, businesses and community services in Kāpiti. It is also a significant step towards implementing our Growth Strategy, Te Tupu Pai – Growing Well.

Submissions on Proposed Plan Change 2 have been extended to close at 5pm, Tuesday 27 September.

You can make a submission at the bottom of this page, or alternatively, by either:


In summary, this plan change:

  • incorporates the Government’s Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS) into our District Plan, allowing the construction of up to three three-storey residential units on most sites in the General Residential Zone as a permitted activity where all the MDRS are complied with
  • enables increased levels of development in and around Kāpiti’s centres and around the train stations at Paekākāriki, Paraparaumu and Waikanae
  • rezones some areas to General Residential Zone
  • proposes new design guides to encourage high-quality design of residential and mixed use development
  • replaces all references to the Council’s Subdivision and Development Principles and Requirements 2012 document with references to the Land Development Minimum Requirements April 2022 document
  • provides for qualifying matter areas where development is less enabled, including areas already identified in the District Plan, plus new areas including a Coastal Qualifying Matter Precinct, a Marae Takiwā Precinct, and Kārewarewa Urupā in Waikanae Beach.

Plan Change 2 also proposes:

  • providing for tangata whenua to develop papakāinga housing developments
  • making improvements to the District Plan’s financial contributions provisions.

For more information, see Proposed Plan Change 2: Intensification on our website.


What you can submit on

You can make a submission on any aspect of Proposed Plan Change 2. Your submission should:

  • identify the specific provisions of Proposed Plan Change 2 on which you’re making a submission
  • identify whether you support or oppose these provisions, or wish to have them amended
  • explain the reasons for your submission.

The Ministry for the Environment has published guidance on making a submission as part of the Intensification Streamlined Planning Process. You can find it on their website at Understanding the RMA (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021: Information on submitting.


Friend of Submitter service

Making a submission isn’t something everyone does every day, so the Ministry for the Environment has provided funding to appoint an independent ‘Friend of Submitter’, to help you take part in the Intensification Planning Instrument (IPI) process.

Hannah McCashin from Incite has been appointed to this role. Hannah is a qualified planner who is fully independent from Council and has had no involvement in developing Plan Change 2.

The Friend of Submitter is available to advise people who don’t already have professional assistance on the process for lodging submissions. They can help with how you might present your views in a submission, and the steps you’ll need to take after lodging your submission. The Friend of Submitter can’t provide advice on the merits of the IPI or write your submission for you.

Hannah’s contact details are:

Hannah McCashin
Email: hannah@incite.co.nz
Phone: 022 0675 911

Note: Hannah’s working hours are Monday–Thursday, 9am–5pm.

There’s no cost for this service.




Accessing Proposed Plan Change 2

You can download the notification documents for Proposed Plan Change 2 from the Documents on the right of your screen. We’ve also prepared an e-Plan version of Proposed Plan Change 2.

Note: The official version of Plan Change 2 is the Proposed Plan Change 2 – Intensification (Intensification Planning Instrument) document. While the ePlan version of Plan Change 2 has been prepared with skill and care, if there are any discrepancies then the PDF document will prevail over the ePlan.

The ePlan can also be used to see how Plan Change 2 might affect a property. The guide walks you through the steps on how to turn the map layers in order to see the zone, precinct, proposed new precinct (if applicable) and any qualifying matter areas that the property is within. This can be used to see which elements of the plan change might be particularly relevant to you.


Summary of Proposed Plan Change 2 by area

If you're interested in seeing how Plan Change 2 might be relevant to your area, see our Ward by Ward Summary of Plan Change 2 – Intensification.

Note: This summary contains general information about PC2. It's not comprehensive, and doesn't describe every aspect of the plan change that may be relevant to you. If you wish to make a submission on PC2, you must make the submission on the Proposed Plan Change 2 – Intensification (Intensification Planning Instrument) itself, and not this summary.


Government requirement for this change

The Government passed the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021 in December 2021. This law requires the Council to change the District Plan to:

Under this law, Council can also make the following changes to the District Plan:

  • changes to enable papakāinga housing
  • changes to financial contributions provisions
  • other changes that support or are consequential on incorporating the MDRS or giving effect to policies 3 and 4 of the NPS-UD.

The plan change is not allowed to include anything else.

The Ministry for the Environment has published guidance for the public on this legislation in Understanding the RMA (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021: General Overview (Ministry for the Environment).


Legal advice on scope of Plan Change 2

Council has decided to release an additional document, Advice letter – implementing the Enabling Housing Amendment Act, which provides legal advice on the scope of the proposed plan change. This advice informed the Section 32 Evaluation Report, which assesses how the provisions of Plan Change 2 meets the objectives of the RMA.


Increased development in and around our centres and train stations

Policy 3 of the NPS-UD requires our District Plan to enable:

  • in metropolitan centre zones, that building heights and density of urban form reflect demand for housing and business use in those locations, and in all cases building heights of at least six storeys
  • building heights of at least six storeys in at least a walkable catchment of:
    • existing and planned rapid transit stops
    • the edge of metropolitan centre zones
  • within and adjacent to neighbourhood centre zones, local centre zones, and town centre zones, that building heights and densities of urban form are commensurate with the level of commercial activity and community services.

This means the District Plan is required to enable increased building heights within the:

  • Metropolitan Centre Zone at Paraparaumu
  • Town Centre Zones at Ōtaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu Beach and Raumati Beach
  • Local Centre Zones at Waikanae Beach, Kena Kena, Mazengarb Road, Meadows, Raumati South and Paekākāriki.

We’re also required to enable increased building heights within walkable catchments (or walkable distances) of these zones, and the train stations at Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Paekākāriki (rapid transit stops). This is explained further in section 5.2.4 of the Council’s Section 32 Evaluation Report.

The proposed changes to the District Plan maps, in Appendix A of the Proposed Plan Change 2 – Intensification (Intensification Planning Instrument) document, show the location of each of the Metropolitan, Town and Local Centre Zones, where increased heights are proposed to be enabled. They also show the location and extent of proposed Residential Intensification Precincts, which are areas within walkable catchments of these zones and the train stations at Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Paekākāriki, where the increased heights are also proposed to be enabled.


Consultation

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) requires Council to publicly notify a proposed version of this plan change for formal submissions and a hearing.

While we’ve previously consulted on the subjects covered by this plan change, please note:

  • Council cannot “carry through” feedback given through previous consultations
  • If you wish to provide feedback on Proposed Plan Change 2, you will need to prepare a new submission and submit it to Council

Previous consultations included:

  • In April 2022, we sought public feedback on a draft version of this plan change. We received feedback from over 200 individuals and organisations, and this led to some useful improvements to the “proposed” version of the plan change that’s now being publicly notified. You can read a summary of that feedback and responses in Section 32 Evaluation Report: Appendix B – Summary of Public Feedback on Draft PC2[PDF 1.15 MB].
  • In late 2021 Council also consulted widely during development of our Growth Strategy, Te Tupu Pai – Growing Well. Among other things, this consultation covered a proposed approach to intensification across the General Residential Zone, in and around the District’s centres and around the train stations at Paekākāriki, Paraparaumu and Waikanae. Proposed Plan Change 2 is consistent with the approach to intensification in the Growth Strategy. The Growth Strategy was adopted by Council in February 2022. You can read more at Growth Strategy, Te Tupu Pai – Growing Well.

Important words and phrases used in the consultation

You can find more about important words and phrases used in this consultation on our website at Important words and phrases.

  • Intensification planning instrument (IPI)

  • Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS)

  • National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 (NPS-UD)

  • Qualifying matters

  • Rezoning areas to General Residential Zones

  • Design guides

  • Land Development Minimum Requirements

  • Papakāinga

  • Financial contributions provisions

  • Immediate legal effect


Page last updated: 15 Sep 2022, 12:46 PM