Proposed Far North District Plan Notification

On display until 21 October 2022, 05:00 PM

Far North District Council invites submissions on the Proposed District Plan from 9am on 27 July 2022. The period for lodging submissions closes at 5pm, 21 October 2022.

The District Plan is the council’s key statutory planning document prepared in accordance with the Resource Management Act 1991. It controls where activities can take place and how land can be used, developed and subdivided. The Proposed Far North District Plan is intended to replace the current Operative Far North District Plan. 

How to view the Proposed District Plan

The Proposed District Plan and supporting information are in a digital ePlan format and is available at

Copies of the Proposed District Plan, selected maps and section 32 reports can also be inspected from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday at three Far North District Council service centres. They are:

  • Kaikohe, Head Office 5 Memorial Drive.
  • Kaitāia Te Ahu, Corner Matthews Avenue and South Road.
  • Kerikeri Kerikeri, John Butler Centre 60 Kerikeri Road.

Rules with immediate legal effect

Some rules in the Proposed District Plan have immediate legal effect. Those are rules that relate to:

  • Activities on the surface of water or related to water
  • Historic heritage
  • Heritage overlay areas
  • Sites and areas of significance to Māori
  • Notable trees
  • Earthworks (accidental discovery protocol, erosion and sediment control)
  • The protection of areas of significant indigenous vegetation
  • The protection of areas of significant habitats of indigenous fauna.

Rules that have immediate legal effect are clearly identified in the Proposed District Plan by a red gavel symbol  . You may require a resource consent under the Proposed District Plan (from 27 July 2022) if you wish to undertake work on land containing these items or areas. 

Key changes from the Operative District Plan

The Proposed District Plan is a review of the entire Operative District Plan. This means the objectives, policies and rules that apply to your property (or property of interest to you) are proposed to change. Key changes to the District Plan include:

General approach 

  • A shift from an effects-based approach to an activities-based one to make rules easier to understand and apply. For example, instead of considering the effects of an activity and then deciding whether it’s appropriate in a certain place, the rules specify activities that are permitted. 
  • A shift from a paper-based or pdf plan to an online interactive ePlan.

Tangata whenua

  • A new Māori Purpose Zone that enables papakāinga, customary use and other social, cultural and economic development opportunities on Māori land.
  • A Treaty settlement overlay applies to land that has been returned to iwi through the settlement process either as cultural or economic redress.
  • Associated provisions that acknowledge the relationship tangata whenua has with their land, and seeks to enhance social, cultural and economic development of tangata whenua. 
  • New provisions to identify and protect the cultural significance of the Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe Beach Management Plan Area.

Response to growth 

• Provision for future growth and more intensive development in urban areas by introducing:

  • New mixed-use zones replace commercial zones in town centres to provide for housing.
  • Multi-unit developments in general residential zones to enable a mix of housing, including apartments and terraced housing. 
  • A new rural residential zone surrounding most urban areas that provides for greater density rural residential development and minor residential units. 

District-wide matters 

  • New objectives, policies and rules that affect the whole district relating to infrastructure, subdivision, earthworks, transport, renewable electricity generation, noise, light and signs.
  • New methods for the identification and protection of valued landscapes, natural features and areas of high natural character in the coastal environment.  

Natural hazards and risk management 

  • A new approach to land instability requires assessment at the time of subdivision with rules linked to a new definition identifying unstable land. The rules result in additional restrictions for properties developing land with an instability hazard.
  • New river flood hazard and coastal hazard maps developed by Northland Regional Council are included in the plan. A new risk-based approach to managing flood hazards at the time of land use and subdivision. The rules result in additional restrictions for properties located in identified coastal and flood hazard areas and are applied to a larger area of the district.
  • A new risk-based approach to managing wildfire risk with rules applying to vulnerable activities (e.g. dwellings, care facilities, marae) rather than only controlling risk to dwellings.

Managing rural land use and subdivision

  • Strengthening of rural subdivision provisions to prevent inappropriate land fragmentation and preserve highly productive land for primary production activities. 
  • Activity-based rules to minimise incompatible activities in rural zones that may compromise primary production activities. 
  • A new rural lifestyle zone that enables rural lifestyle blocks. 
  • A new horticulture special purpose zone around parts of Kerikeri and Waipapa to:
  • Protect the significant established horticulture industry and supporting water infrastructure 
  • Provide for its growth due to its high economic contribution to the district 
  • Preserve this highly productive land for horticultural uses. 

Historic Heritage 

  • Retain heritage overlay areas that apply to a significant cluster of known heritage sites, buildings, objects, archaeological sites, sites and areas of significance to Māori, and outstanding natural landscapes or features, with specific controls to protect historic heritage.
  • New rules to manage activities within proximity to scheduled heritage resources.
  • Change for Rangihoua Heritage Overlay area from an alert layer to a statutory layer.
  • A two-tier method for some areas (Kerikeri, Mangōnui-Rangitoto, Rāwene, Paihia), which includes a more restrictive framework in core areas of highest heritage value, and a less restrictive framework in other identified areas. 
  • A bespoke method for Kororāreka Russell that retains the Operative District Plan approach (retains the Strand, Wellington Street and Christ Church areas) and the Kororāreka Russell Township Special Zone.  
  • Expanded heritage overlay area of Te Waimate, and removal of the Waimate North Special Zone (change to Rural production zone).
  • Expanded heritage overlay area for Pouērua.

Ecosystems and Indigenous biodiversity 

  • There are large tracts of indigenous vegetation in the Far North, with about 42% of the district identified as containing potentially significant indigenous biodiversity. 
  • The key change in this chapter is to introduce clearance rules for areas that have important ecological values. 
  • Resource consent for indigenous vegetation clearance will require the area to be assessed by a qualified ecologist.

Notices of requirement for designations 

Requiring authority

School name

Location of new designation

Purpose of designation

Minister of Education

Kaitāia Abundant Life School

11 North Road, Kaitāia

NA58A/620 and NA138C/615

Designation for education purposes

Minister of Education

Kaikohe Christian School

50 – 58 Mangakahia Road, Kaikohe

NA226/178, NA849/58, NA849/59, NA677/52, NA90D/156 and part of NA340/292

Designation for education purposes


In addition to the new notices of requirement, modifications are also sought for several existing designations. All new notices of requirement and modified designations can be viewed in the Designations section of the Proposed District Plan and on the planning maps. Anyone who has been identified as being directly affected by proposed changes to designations will be contacted separately. 

Making a submission on the Proposed District Plan

Anyone can make a submission on the Proposed District Plan using one of the following options: 

  • Make an online submission via the ePlan available at: 
  • Download a PDF of the submission form at or pick up a hard copy submission form from the following council offices:

Kaikohe, Head Office, 5 Memorial Drive.
Kaitāia, Te Ahu, Corner Matthews Avenue and South Road.
Kerikeri, John Butler Centre 60 Kerikeri Road.

  • Scan and email your hard copy submission form to:
  • Post your hard copy submission form to:

Proposed District Plan, 
Strategic Planning and Policy,  
Far North District Council, Private Bag 752, Kaikohe, 0440.

  • Deliver your hard copy submission form any Far North District Council office or library, from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday. 

Written submissions must be submitted on the council submission form, or on the prescribed form being Form 5 of the Resource Management (Forms, Fees and Procedures) Regulations 2003. Your submission must state whether you want to present your submission at a council hearing on the Proposed District Plan.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 21 October 2022

Next Steps 

The process for public participation in the consideration of the proposal under the Resource Management Act 1991 is as follows:

  • After the closing date for submissions, Far North District Council must prepare a summary of decisions requested by submitters and give public notice of the availability of this summary, and where the summary and submissions can be inspected; and
  • There must be an opportunity for the following persons to make a further submission in support of, or in opposition to, the submissions already made:
  • Any person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest.
  • Any person who has an interest in the proposal greater than the general public has.
  • The local authority itself.
  • If a person making a submission asks to be heard in support of his or her submission, a hearing must be held. 
  • Far North District Council must give its decision on the provisions and matters raised in the submissions (including its reasons for accepting or rejecting submissions) and give public notice of its decision within two years of notifying the Proposed District Plan and serve it on every person who made a submission at the same time. 
  • Any person who has made a submission has the right to appeal against the decision on the proposal to the Environment Court if:
  • In relation to a provision or matter that is the subject of the appeal, the person referred to the provision or matter in the person’s submission on the proposal.
  • In the case of a proposal that is a proposed policy statement or plan, the appeal does not seek the withdrawal of the proposal as a whole.

For more information go to or email or phone 0800 920 029 and ask for the District Planning Team.

Tagged as: