Proposed Changes to the District Plan

Published on 03 November 2017


Relating to Heritage and Residential Development

Consultation on two proposed plan changes to the Horowhenua District Plan begins this Friday 3 November.

Group Manager Strategy and Development David McCorkindale says since the District Plan was reviewed between 2011 and 2013, there has been a significant change in the level of predicted housing and population growth.

“We are currently experiencing significant growth, and more is forecast. The growth is primarily due to the Wellington to Ōtaki Expressway and the proposed Ōtaki to North of Levin Expressway and also the affordability of the district.”

“The growth is expected to generate 5,800 new jobs, 5,100 new homes bringing the district’s resident population above 42,000 people by the end of 2040,” he says.

Mr McCorkindale says the first Plan Change is fairly minor but still requires public consultation while the second plan change will have a significant effect on the District’s largest urban communities, so we are encouraging everyone to have their say.

Proposed Plan Change 1: Historic Heritage looks to extend the list of protected heritage buildings, structures and sites currently listed in Schedule 2 of the District Plan. This plan change also includes a few minor, consequential amendments to Chapter 13 (Historic Heritage).

Proposed Plan Change 2: Review of Residential Development Provisions focuses on amending a limited number of provisions in the District Plan which relate to residential development. The following amendments to the District Plan are proposed:

  • Provision for sites between 500m2 and 900m2 in Levin, Foxton, Foxton Beach and Shannon to be subdivided and create infill lots of a minimum size of 250m2 as a Restricted Discretionary Activity, and consequential changes to relevant bulk and location controls;
  • Provision for up to two residential dwelling units on a site as a Permitted Activity (subject to compliance with conditions); Specific provision to enable large-scale, integrated residential developments to be assessed in a comprehensive manner as a Restricted Discretionary Activity; Minor corrections relating to the application of private outdoor living area and accessory building provisions, and removal of the title date pre-requisite condition relating to residential infill subdivision;
  • Replacement of the Medium Density Residential Development Design Guide; and
  • Extension of the area to which the Medium Density Overlay applies in Levin.

Residents affected by changes to the Heritage listings and the Medium Density Overlay will receive information about the changes in the mail and those wanting to ask questions are encouraged to attend drop-in session on the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday 15 November 2017 - 1 to 7pm at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Levin
  • Friday 17 November 2017 - 12 to 2pm at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Levin
  • Tuesday 21 November 2017 - 1 to 5.30pm at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Foxton

Submissions on the Proposed Plan Changes must be received by 5.00pm on 5 December 2017.

Submission forms and copies of Proposed Plan Changes are available on our Proposed Plan Change 1 and Proposed Plan Change 2 pages, or at one of Council’s service centres/libraries in Levin, Foxton and Shannon.

Written or typed submission forms can be sent to:

Strategic Planning
Horowhenua District Council
Private Bag 4002
Levin 5540

Or emailed to

For more information:
Contact Graduate Strategic Planner Caitlin O’Shea on 06 366 0999