District Plan Review Stage One - Strategic Chapters

Click here to download a summary of Stage One: Strategic Chapters [PDF: 1.36MB]

District Plan Review

Mackenzie District Council is planning for the future with a review of the Mackenzie District Plan

We’re updating the District Plan to ensure it allows us to grow in a sustainable way, while protecting the things that make the Mackenzie District special.

Strategic Chapters

We’re doing this in a staged process, with the first stage being to tackle the ‘Strategic Chapters’ of the District Plan. This includes the ‘Strategic Direction’ chapter, as well as the introductory sections including the Takata Whenua chapter. This stage will be notified as a Council driven Plan Change - Plan Change 20.

The Strategic Chapters will help shape the next stages of the District Plan Review, ensuring that the Plan clearly states what’s important to the community including iwi. This will inform the detail that follows in the next stages.

The key issues we’ll be focussing on as part of the Strategic Direction component of Stage One of the Review are summarised below. Stage One also includes introductory chapters that cover more technical issues concerning the structure of the District Plan and how it works.

We’ve based the majority of the work we’re doing in the stage, and particularly in relation to the Strategic Direction component, on rounds of engagement with the community over the last 24 months. This feedback has given the team a really detailed understanding of what’s important to our community.

We’re working closely with Aoraki Environmental Consultants on behalf of Arowhenua, Moeraki and Waihao Runaka to ensure Mana Whenua values are recognised throughout the District Plan.

What are we doing?

The project team have put together a list of key issues that need to be addressed and are working through them. Once this has been done we will seek approval from Council to publicly notify stage one and begin the statutory consultative process - anyone with an interest can make a submission during this stage.

If you want to speak to someone from the project team at MDC please send us an email at districtplan@mackenzie.govt.nz. We welcome feedback throughout this process. If you would like to provide feedback on Stage One, please email this through by 20 May 2022.

Key Issues

Facilitating enhanced economic opportunities (including tourism) to improve community wellbeing

This is a broad strategic matter that relates to a range of issues that have been previously identified in things like MDC’s Economic Development Strategy and Te Manahuna Ki Uta /Destination Mackenzie. The purpose of recognising this as a key issue is to ensure the District Plan provides support for and facilitates economic opportunities. It also acknowledges that economic performance is important to the community and the district at large.

Protection and enhancement of the natural environment

Ensuring the natural environment is considered as a key strategic issue is important. Time and again the Mackenzie community have told us that they value the environment and want to see it protected. The very reason Mackenzie is attractive to visitors and residents alike is because of its unmatched natural environment.

Recognising Tangata Whenua/ Manu Whenua values

This strategic issue reflects mana whenua’s position as treaty partner and guardians of Te Manahuna/Mackenzie. It will help to ensure that mana whenua values are integrated across the Plan’s chapters, and will align with direction of Te Manahuna Ki Uta /Destination Mackenzie.

Urban form / growth – coordination and integration

Strategic directions relating to urban form and development are a requirement of the National Planning Standards set down by central government. We will look to align the work done in the development of the Mackenzie Spatial Plans to ensure the direction covers key issues such as managing development in a sustainable way while ensuring our towns can continue to grow.

Recognition of the importance of rural areas

Mackenzie is highly dependent on its rural areas for it’s social and economic wellbeing. A quality, functional rural environment which enables appropriate change over time is a key strategic issue for the District Plan review. The challenge is to provide a balance between the economic and social importance of rural activities and other wider values of the areas in which they are located.

Significant infrastructure

To grow sustainably, the district requires a range of infrastructure to service the needs of its population. There is also nationally important infrastructure located in the Mackenzie District, which needs to be acknowledged as part of the District Plan.

Compatibility / conflicts

A key purpose of the District Plan is to manage activities to ensure Mackenzie is a great place to live, work and play. Sometimes this means determining whether activities are appropriate in certain locations when they may generate nuisance or amenity effects on their neighbours. The flip side of this is ensuring that important existing activities are able to operate and adapt without being limited by the establishment of activities that might be more sensitive to their established effects.

If you want to speak to someone from the project team at MDC please send us an email at districtplan@mackenzie.govt.nz. We welcome feedback throughout this process. If you would like to provide feedback on Stage One, please email this through by 20 May 2022.

Click here to download a summary of Stage One: Strategic Chapters [PDF: 1.36MB]

District Plan Review

Mackenzie District Council is planning for the future with a review of the Mackenzie District Plan

We’re updating the District Plan to ensure it allows us to grow in a sustainable way, while protecting the things that make the Mackenzie District special.

Strategic Chapters

We’re doing this in a staged process, with the first stage being to tackle the ‘Strategic Chapters’ of the District Plan. This includes the ‘Strategic Direction’ chapter, as well as the introductory sections including the Takata Whenua chapter. This stage will be notified as a Council driven Plan Change - Plan Change 20.

The Strategic Chapters will help shape the next stages of the District Plan Review, ensuring that the Plan clearly states what’s important to the community including iwi. This will inform the detail that follows in the next stages.

The key issues we’ll be focussing on as part of the Strategic Direction component of Stage One of the Review are summarised below. Stage One also includes introductory chapters that cover more technical issues concerning the structure of the District Plan and how it works.

We’ve based the majority of the work we’re doing in the stage, and particularly in relation to the Strategic Direction component, on rounds of engagement with the community over the last 24 months. This feedback has given the team a really detailed understanding of what’s important to our community.

We’re working closely with Aoraki Environmental Consultants on behalf of Arowhenua, Moeraki and Waihao Runaka to ensure Mana Whenua values are recognised throughout the District Plan.

What are we doing?

The project team have put together a list of key issues that need to be addressed and are working through them. Once this has been done we will seek approval from Council to publicly notify stage one and begin the statutory consultative process - anyone with an interest can make a submission during this stage.

If you want to speak to someone from the project team at MDC please send us an email at districtplan@mackenzie.govt.nz. We welcome feedback throughout this process. If you would like to provide feedback on Stage One, please email this through by 20 May 2022.

Key Issues

Facilitating enhanced economic opportunities (including tourism) to improve community wellbeing

This is a broad strategic matter that relates to a range of issues that have been previously identified in things like MDC’s Economic Development Strategy and Te Manahuna Ki Uta /Destination Mackenzie. The purpose of recognising this as a key issue is to ensure the District Plan provides support for and facilitates economic opportunities. It also acknowledges that economic performance is important to the community and the district at large.

Protection and enhancement of the natural environment

Ensuring the natural environment is considered as a key strategic issue is important. Time and again the Mackenzie community have told us that they value the environment and want to see it protected. The very reason Mackenzie is attractive to visitors and residents alike is because of its unmatched natural environment.

Recognising Tangata Whenua/ Manu Whenua values

This strategic issue reflects mana whenua’s position as treaty partner and guardians of Te Manahuna/Mackenzie. It will help to ensure that mana whenua values are integrated across the Plan’s chapters, and will align with direction of Te Manahuna Ki Uta /Destination Mackenzie.

Urban form / growth – coordination and integration

Strategic directions relating to urban form and development are a requirement of the National Planning Standards set down by central government. We will look to align the work done in the development of the Mackenzie Spatial Plans to ensure the direction covers key issues such as managing development in a sustainable way while ensuring our towns can continue to grow.

Recognition of the importance of rural areas

Mackenzie is highly dependent on its rural areas for it’s social and economic wellbeing. A quality, functional rural environment which enables appropriate change over time is a key strategic issue for the District Plan review. The challenge is to provide a balance between the economic and social importance of rural activities and other wider values of the areas in which they are located.

Significant infrastructure

To grow sustainably, the district requires a range of infrastructure to service the needs of its population. There is also nationally important infrastructure located in the Mackenzie District, which needs to be acknowledged as part of the District Plan.

Compatibility / conflicts

A key purpose of the District Plan is to manage activities to ensure Mackenzie is a great place to live, work and play. Sometimes this means determining whether activities are appropriate in certain locations when they may generate nuisance or amenity effects on their neighbours. The flip side of this is ensuring that important existing activities are able to operate and adapt without being limited by the establishment of activities that might be more sensitive to their established effects.

If you want to speak to someone from the project team at MDC please send us an email at districtplan@mackenzie.govt.nz. We welcome feedback throughout this process. If you would like to provide feedback on Stage One, please email this through by 20 May 2022.

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