Waipa District Plan - Plan changes

​​Waipa District Plan - Plan changesWe're proposing two updates to our District Plan. By law, before we can change our District Plan we need to notify every ratepayer and give you the opportunity to have your say. Have a read through the information below to find out more about our proposed changes to cycleway provisions and residential accommodation, then tell us what you think.​​

Download:  Public notice

Download:  Information flyer

Have your say

Tell us what you think about our proposed changes to cycleways and residential based visitor accommodation.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 9 March 2018.​​​

Provision for cycleways

Waipa District Council proposed plan change 4 to the Waipa District Plan

Waipa is already home to a number of key cycling and walking trails and we have exciting plans to build more throughout the district. Our focus is to create a safe network of trails that enable our community and visitors to enjoy our stunning landscapes and discover our towns and significant sites.

Sometimes our preferred cycleway routes go through privately owned land. We can put provisions in our District Plan that allow us to incentivise land owners for use of their land.

What happens now?

Our District Plan has provisions in place which entitle a landowner to an environmental benefit lot in exchange for providing certain benefits – like making their land available for a Council approved cycleway.

An environmental benefit lot allows (with restrictions on zones and locations) a property owner to apply for a new 'lot'. Essentially it means they have the opportunity to create another lot for a house or similar to their current land title. This provision is currently only in place for cycleways part of the Te Awa cycleway network.

What are we proposing?

We want to make the environmental benefit lot incentive available for other Council approved cycleways created in Waipa. This plan change looks at the incentives available in the District Plan for providing land for use as a cycleway, it does not cover where cycleways should go.

Download:  Proposed change - Provision for cycleways​

Download:  Section 32 Report

​​Key changes

  • Extend current benefit lot entitlement for Te Awa cycleway to cycleways approved by Council.
  • Calculate how many benefit lots each land owner is entitled to based on the area of land provided to Council rather than length of cycleway. This will apply to both new Council approved cycleways and the existing Te Awa cycleway.
  • Incorporate flexibility into the Te Awa cycleway provisions in case there are alterations to the existing route in the District Plan.
  • Provide additional incentives where a significant area of land is provided for cycleway, by making it easier for more than one environmental benefit lot to remain on site.
  • Remove the requirement for the site to be wholly within the rural zone.

Residential based visitor accommodation

Waipa District Council proposed plan change 8 to the Waipa District Plan

Over the last five years the popularity of Bookabach and Airbnb has soared across the world. Travellers are now utilising homestays or house rentals instead of the traditional motel accommodation.

What happens now?

Under our current rules, a home owner needs a resource consent to rent their residential property to overnight guests when there is no permanent resident on site, even if it's only once a year. If you do have a permanent resident onsite there are also some restrictions that could apply under current rules, including the amount of guests allowed, number of vehicle movements and the hours of operation.

What are we proposing?

We want to make it easy for people to provide accommodation options for visitors to our district, but we also want some rules in place to ensure other residential properties are not adversely affected. To do this, we're proposing to allow people to rent their residential property to overnight guests without the need for a resource consent. We're also proposing a few conditions so that neighbouring properties are not affected.

Download:  Proposed change - Visitor accommodation

Download:  Section 32 Report

Key changes

  • New definition for residential based visitor accommodation and amendments to key residential and visitor accommodation definitions to avoid overlap between the new residential based visitor accommodation definition and existing definitions.
  • Restrict number of overnight guests in residential based visitor accommodation in the residential, large lot residential and commercial zones. No more than:
    • three people in a one bedroom dwelling,
    • five people in a two bedroom dwelling, or
    • ten people in a dwelling with three or more bedrooms.
  • No restriction on number of overnight visitors in residential based visitor accommodation in the Rural Zone.
  • When it is in conjunction with residential based visitor accommodation, restrict the accommodation of paying overnight visitors in temporary living spaces such as tents, caravans, motor vans or campervans in the residential, large lot residential and commercial zones.

Have your say

Tell us what you think about our proposed changes to cycleways and residential based visitor accommodation.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 9 March 2018.​

Making a submission

Anyone can make a submission on the plan changes. If, however, your submission enables the gaining of an advantage in trade competition, then a submission is only permitted if you are directly affected by an effect of the plan change that adversely affects the environment, and does not relate to trade competition or the effects of trade competition.

The submission must be in accordance with Form 5 as set out in Schedule 1 of the Resource Management (Forms, Fees, and Procedure) Regulations 2003 and must state whether or not you wish to be heard on the submission. 

Process for public participation

  • After submissions have closed Waipa District Council will prepare a summary of decisions requested by submitters and give public notice of the availability of this summary and where both the summary and submissions can be viewed.
  • There will be an opportunity for the following people to make a further submission in support of, or opposition to, the submissions already made:
    • anyone representing a relevant aspect of the public interest
    • any person who has an interest in the proposal greater than the general public has
    • Waipa District Council.
  • If someone making a submission asks to be heard in support of their submission, a hearing must be held.
  • Waipa 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 Plan Change and serve it on everyone who made a submission at the same time.
  • Anyone who has made a submission has the right to appeal against the decision of the Plan Changes 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 Plan Changes.​


​Notified​February 2018
​Submissions​Deadline: 9 March 2018
Page reviewed: 01 Feb 2018 8:20am