Draft District Plan

Have your say

Click on the link below to view the Draft District Plan and make your submission! Submissions close 14th December.

We're consulting on our Draft District Plan

Wellington’s Draft District Plan – the City’s first fully revised planning rulebook in more than 20 years is now out for consultation.

The plan deals with the major planning and environmental issues facing the city – including housing supply, choice and affordability, protecting biodiversity, integrating growth and infrastructure, responding to climate change and managing the risk of natural hazards.


What's on this page

How to make a submission

Friend of submitters service

Why are we reviewing the District Plan?

Looking for a quick snapshot of what's in the Draft District Plan?

What does the Government's recent announcement on housing mean for the District Plan Review?


How to make a submission

There are a couple of different ways you can provide feedback on the Draft District Plan.

  1. You can make a submission directly through the Draft District Plan. This is a great way to provide feedback on specific provisions within the Plan and makes it easy for us to understand your feedback.
  2. A fast way to provide broader-level feedback is through the information sheets found on this page under the Draft District Plan snapshots. Scan the QR code or follow the URL link on each information sheet to access a short questionnaire related to the topic.
  3. If you prefer to provide feedback through email or on paper, fill out our PDF feedback form.

How-to PDF guides

The PDF guides show you how to use and navigate the Draft District Plan as well as how to make an account and submit feedback on the Draft District Plan. Alternatively, watch the videos below.

How to navigate and read the Draft District Plan

Watch this video for a step-by-step guide on how to navigate and read the Draft District Plan.

How to make a submission on the Draft District Plan

Watch this video for a step-by-step guide on how to make an account and lodge a submission on the Draft District Plan.

We have a friend of submitters service to help

We understand that RMA processes can be a little daunting so a 'Friend of Submitters', Emily Bayliss, will be available through the consultation period to assist submitters. Emily will continue to be available to help submitters in the lead-up to the hearings.

Emily is a qualified planner who is fully independent and has had no involvement in developing the Draft District Plan. A brief introduction from Emily is available here.

To contact Emily for assistance please email friendofsubmitters@wcc.govt.nz or phone 027 803 0080.

The Friend of Submitters service is provided by the Council to remove barriers and foster participation in the District Plan review process.


Come and talk to us

Consultation roadshow and launch event

The Draft District Plan consultation will happen alongside consultation for the Council’s Bike Network and Let's Get Wellington Moving's mass rapid transit options.

We will be visiting communities and seeking feedback. The consultation will open on 2nd November, and close on 14th December.


Why are we reviewing the District Plan?

The current District Plan came into effect in 2000. Some changes and revisions have been made since then through plan changes and updates, but our district has changed a lot over the years and the current District Plan is out of date.

We need to make sure that our new District Plan gives effect to all the national policies and regulations that have come into force since the last District Plan was prepared. We are also required by the Resource Management Act 1991 to review our District Plan every 10 years.

Find out more in this explainer pamphlet.


Looking for a quick snapshot of what's in the Draft District Plan?

Click through the topics below to find helpful summaries and links to where you can find related content in the Draft District Plan.

To access a PDF of all the information sheet with links to the survey questions, click here.

Strategic Direction

The Draft District Plan contains a Strategic Direction Chapter that outlines the strategic priorities for Wellington City. The strategic objectives will have an important role in the assessment of complex resource consents and future plan changes. They are a touchpoint of the values we uphold for our city and the legacy we want to leave for future generations.

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Tangata Whenua

Māori values and aspirations are included in the District Plan to recognise and elevate the relationship of tangata whenua with their land, resources and traditions.

Tangata Whenua information sheet

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Climate Change and Sustainability

The Draft District Plan is an important tool to help realise our Te Atakura – First to Zero, a Council policy to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

Climate Change and Sustainability information sheet

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Three Waters

A well-functioning Three Waters infrastructure network (drinking water, wastewater and stormwater) is crucial to the health and wellbeing of our city.

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Related information
Natural Environment

We have natural treasures in our backyard that we want to protect for future generations.

Natural Environment information sheet

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Related information

Fact sheet on Significant Natural Areas

Natural Hazards and Resilience

Over the past year we have been investigating and updating our information on natural hazards in Wellington. This work has been vital for informing the Draft District Plan and we are now proposing a much more proactive approach to preparing and dealing with natural hazards in our city.

Natural Hazards information sheet

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Related Information

Over the past year we have been investigating and updating our information on natural hazards in Wellington. This work has been vital for informing the Draft District Plan. The hazard and risk overlays in the Draft District Plan are based on the five reports provided here. We recommend the overlays are viewed in conjunction with these reports.

Please note that these reports are:

  • nonspecific to any particular properties
  • subject to public consultation and a statutory process before they are finalised
  • based on a number of assumptions, scenarios and probabilities which may affect the findings of the reports

Sea-Level Rise Projections - March 2021

Coastal Hazards Report - August 2021

Tsunami Hazards Report - September 2021

Active Fault Mapping Report - May 2021

Liquefaction Susceptibility Report - May 2021

Sites and Areas of Significance to Māori

Providing care and kaitiakitanga for sites and areas of significance to Māori enables connections to our tūpuna ancestors, who lived before us.

Sites and Areas of Significance to Māori information sheet

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Historical and Cultural Heritage

Our tuku ihotanga heritage connect secures our memories of the past, giving meaning to our special places and connecting people to their stories across time. It plays a key role in shaping the city’s identity and supporting community wellbeing.

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City Centre

The City Centre plays a vital role as the vibrant heart of our city.

City Centre information sheet

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Centres and Business

Suburban centres, industrial and mixed-use areas are vital contributors to the vibrancy and continued economic and social wellbeing of our city.

Centres and Business information sheet

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Residential

Residential areas manage the neighbourhoods where we live, what we can do there, and how houses are built.

Residential information sheet

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Related Information
Assisted Housing

We want to increase the supply of secure, quality housing for low to moderate income households.

Assisted Housing information sheet

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Design Guides

Design guides outline how to develop quality homes and urban environments that are compact, attractive, functional and inclusive.

Design Guides information sheet

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Character Housing

Character housing areas (precincts) are valued for their contribution to Wellington’s sense of place and identity.

Character Housing Areas information sheet

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New Urban Areas

New Urban Areas are places that are going to change from rural areas to new neighbourhoods

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Related Information
Rural and Open Space

Our Open Spaces and Rural Areas cover most of the land area of our City.

Open Spaces and Rural Areas information sheet

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What does the Government's recent announcement on housing mean for the District Plan Review?

Medium density residential standards

On 20 October 2021, the Government has proposed new Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS) that must be incorporated into the District Plan. They are contained in the Resource Management (Enabling Housing and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.

The standards would permit 3 dwellings up to 3 storeys in height in all residential zones. This would enable higher levels of development than is currently proposed in the Draft District Plan in the General Residential and Medium Density Residential Zones.

The new housing would need to meet prescribed building heights, boundary setbacks and height in relation to boundary, site permeability, site coverage, and outdoor living space controls.

Speeding up the implementation of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development

At the same time, the Government also signalled that the intensification requirements of the NPS-UD will be brought forward by 1 year.  This would be achieved through a new Intensification Streamlined Planning Process (ISPP) that requires the NPS-UD intensification requirements (policy 3 of the NPS-UD), plus the new MDRS provisions, to be notified by August 2022 and completed by August 2023.  This process would involve submissions and then decisions by an Independent Panel of experts, with no appeals to the Environment Court. The Minister for the Environment will make a determination if the Council disagrees with any of the decisions of the Independent Panel.

What does it mean for the Draft District Plan?

Due to the timing of this Government announcement, the MDRS provisions have not been able to be incorporated into the General Residential Zone and Medium Density Residential Zone in the Draft District Plan.

The Resource Management (Enabling Housing and Other Matters) Amendment Bill is currently before parliament and will be passed by the end of the year. Amendments will need to be made to the Draft District Plan to implement the finalised MDRSs before the Council publicly notifies the Proposed District Plan in the middle of 2022.


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