Private Plan Change 20 was approved with modification
however an appeal against the decision has been received from the Royal Forest
and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated.
What is private plan change 20?
Titanium Park Ltd and Rukuhia Properties Ltd proposed a private plan change. Proposed Private Plan Change 20, which seeks to:
Rezone approximately 89ha of land to the northwest of the Airport, from Rural to Airport Business Zone.
Amend the Airport Business Structure Plan contained in Appendix S10 of the Waipā District Plan.
Amend the Airport Business Zone (Titanium Park) provisions contained in Section 10 of the Waipā District Plan.
Amend the infrastructure, Hazards, Development and Subdivision provisions contained in Section 15 of the Waipā District Plan.
Amend the Assessment Criteria and information requirements contained within Section 21 of the Waipā District Plan.
Consequential changes may also be made by the Hearings Commissioners, if the plan change is approved, provided any consequential changes are to give effect to the proposed plan change and are within the scope of the substantive plan change proposal.
Conflict of Interest declaration and management
Waipā District Council is a 15% shareholder in the airport holding company (Waikato Regional Airport Limited). Titanium Park Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Waikato Regional Airport Limited.
Given Council’s shareholding in the co-applicants holding company, Waipā District Council has declared a conflict of interest in processing Proposed Private Plan Change 20. Council is, however, still required under the Resource Management Act to make a first stage decision, as the regulatory agency. The first stage decision relates to the processing of the plan change, not the decision on the actual plan change itself. The first stage decision is whether to:
Accept and process the plan change as a private plan change; or
Adopt the plan change request as a council plan change and process as a council plan change; or
Reject the plan change request and do not process (note, there are limited procedural grounds for rejecting a private plan change for processing)
Council has accepted Proposed Private Plan Change 20 for processing as a private plan change.
To manage the Council’s conflict of interest, we have engaged an independent planning firm [Align] to process and make recommendations, and we have appointed 2 independent hearing commissioners to hear and decide on the plan change if it is accepted for processing.
Submissions were open from 26th September 2022 until 28th October 2022. The summary of the decisions requested can be viewed here: