1                                                   23 June 2022



Komiti Iti Arotake Mahere ā-Rohe|

District Plan Review Subcommittee


Minutes of a meeting held in the Council Chambers,

2nd Floor, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt on

 Thursday 23 June 2022 commencing at 2.18pm



PRESENT:                        Deputy Mayor T Lewis (Chair)

Cr S Edwards (via audio-visual link)  Cr K Brown

                                          Cr B Dyer (via audio-visual link)         Cr N Shaw                     


APOLOGIES:                  Ms M Dentice


IN ATTENDANCE:        Ms H Oram, Director Environment and Sustainability

                                          Ms P Rotherham, Head of Planning

Ms K Pascall, Policy Planning Manager

Mr N Geard, Principal Policy Planner

                                           Ms E Campbell, Pou Whakamahere Kaupapa Here

                                           Mr C Page, Intermediate Policy Planner

                                           Mr S Davis, Intermediate Policy Planner

Mr S Bellamy, Intermediate Policy Planner

                                           Mrs A Doornebosch, Democracy Advisor




1.       OPENING FORMALITIES - Karakia Timatanga     

Whakataka te hau ki te uru

Whakataka te hau ki te tonga

Kia mākinakina ki uta

Kia mātaratara ki tai

E hī ake ana te atakura

He tio, he huka, he hau hū

Tīhei mauri ora.

Cease the winds from the west
Cease the winds from the south
Let the breeze blow over the land
Let the breeze blow over the ocean
Let the red-tipped dawn come with a sharpened air. 
A touch of frost, a promise of a glorious day.


Under Standing Order 13.10 Deputy Mayor Lewis noted that as the Chair was joining the meeting via audio-visual link, she would be undertaking the duties of the Chair for the duration of the meeting.

2.       APOLOGIES

RESOLVED:  (Deputy Mayor Lewis/Cr Brown)                          Minute No. DPRS22301

“That the apology received from Ms Dentice be accepted and leave of absence be granted.”



There was no public comment.



          There were no conflict of interest declarations.

5.       Minutes

Resolved:  (Deputy Mayor Lewis/Cr Brown)                        Minute No. DPRS 22302


“That the minutes of the meeting of the District Plan Review Subcommittee held on Thursday, 12 May 2022, be confirmed as a true and correct record.”



Final Draft Intensification Planning Instrument (22/1039)

Report No. DPRS2022/3/116 by the Principal Policy Planner


The Principal Policy Planner elaborated on the report.

In response to a question from a member, the Director Environment and Sustainability said officers would have a short timeframe to make any further amendments to the draft Intensification Planning Instrument (IPI). 


In response to questions from members, the Intermediate Policy Planner advised the operative District Plan contained protection for Te Puni Urupā. He said this included a recession plane for all buildings and neighbouring buildings and sites. He noted this would trigger a resource consent assessment. He said any such assessment would include engagement with Mana Whenua to protect sites. He advised Owhiti Urupā was protected in the form of a setback. He said this was because the surrounding business area was not affected because of the IPI. He noted Korokoro Urupā was not identified as a community activity area or a site of significance at present. He said this would be considered as part of the full District Plan Review. He advised heritage precincts had buffer zones already included. He noted officers had been working with the RiverLink Project team in preparation for the plan change. He said the draft IPI did not contain many changes in respect to RiverLink. He advised this would likely need its own plan change as part of the full District Plan Review.


In response to questions from members, the Principal Policy Planner said the Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS) would take immediate effect from when the IPI was notified. He advised it was less clear when the IPI would enable six storey buildings. He noted it was also not known when the plan change would go above the minimum requirements of the MDRS. He noted officers would be able to report back to the Policy, Finance and Strategy Committee. He said if the site coverage was amended from 60% to 50% this would not affect existing resource consent applications. He considered many developers would wait until the MDRS was incorporated into the District Plan to take advantage of the more enabling set of standards. He said there would be a reduction in the amount of development allowed if the site coverage was reduced from 60% to 50%. He noted this was in relation to residential areas only. He advised this reduction in site coverage would allow  new taller buildings near the boundary site.


The meeting was adjourned at 2.40pm and reconvened at 2.53pm.



The motion was taken in parts.  All parts were declared CARRIED on the voices.


Recommended: (Deputy Mayor Lewis/Cr Dyer)                  Minute No. DPRS 22303


“That the Subcommittee recommends that the Policy, Finance and Strategy Committee recommends that Council:

(1)   receives and notes the information contained in the report;

(2)   receives the Final Draft Intensification Planning Instrument attached as Appendix 7 to the report; and

(3)   directs officers to:

(a)   notify the proposed Intensification Planning Instrument by 20 August 2022;

(b)   prepare a formal evaluation report for the Intensification Planning Instrument; and

(c)   make minor amendments to the proposed Intensification Planning Instrument, as necessary.”


Recommended:  (Deputy Mayor Lewis/Cr Brown)                    Minute No. DPRS 22304

“That the Subcommittee recommends that the Policy, Finance and Strategy Committee recommends that Council adopts the Final Draft Intensification Planning Instrument as Council’s proposed Intensification Planning Instrument subject to the following changes:

(a)      reducing the site coverage in the high density zone from 60% to 50%;


(b)      reducing the walkable catchments in Petone from 1,200 metres to 800 metres; and


(c)      removing Wainuiomata, Eastbourne and Stokes Valley from enabling building heights and density commensurate with accessibility and demand (Policy 3(d)).”

Cr Edwards abstained from voting on part (a) above.

Cr Edwards requested that his dissenting vote be recorded against parts (b) and (c) above.

Cr Dyer requested that his dissenting vote be recorded against parts (a), (b) and (c) above.


7.       QUESTIONS

There were no questions.


Closing formalities - Karakia Whakamutunga



Unuhia i te uru-tapu-nui

Kia wātea, kia māmā

Te ngākau, te tinana, te wairua i te ara takatū

Koia rā e Rongo whakairihia ake ki runga

Kia wātea, kia wātea!

Ae rā, kua wātea!

Hau, pai mārire.

Release us from the supreme sacredness of our tasks

To be clear and free
in heart, body and soul in our continuing journey

Oh Rongo, raise these words up high

so that we be cleansed and be free,

Yes indeed, we are free!

Good and peaceful


There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 3.09pm.







Deputy Mayor Lewis








CONFIRMED as a true and correct record

Dated this 22nd of September 2022