Heretaunga Plains Urban Development Strategy

When the 2010 version of HPUDS was adopted by the three councils, they had intended that the Strategy would be reviewed every five years to ensure it remained fit for purpose over time and adapted as necessary to remain relevant. As a consequence of the Government’s 2020 National Policy Statement on Urban Development (‘NPS UD’), regular 5 yearly reviews are no longer planned. Instead, the three councils’ efforts are refocussed on delivering a ‘Future Development Strategy’ (FDS) for the Napier Hastings urban area. The NPS UD requires the three councils to work together to prepare the FDS by 2024.

Review 2016

The first 5 yearly review of the Heretaunga Plains Urban Development was undertaken during 2016.  HPUDS2017 is the refreshed Strategy which emerged from that review process.

The joint council HPUDS Implementation Working Group commenced the first regular 5-yearly review by doing a ‘stock take’ of a range of local and national factors which may have influenced the Strategy since 2010.

There were three stages to the 2016 Review. The third stage of public consultation resulted in over 50 submissions being made on the Draft Revised Strategy and the Working Group holding a hearing in October  2016.

Figure 1: Representation of he HPUDS Review's key stages

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Review Stage 1 – Refresh of information

Find Review Stage 1 reports HERE

These reports cover a range of aspects including -  a review of population growth trends, housing affordability, lifestyle subdivisions, residential intensification capacity, natural hazards, land use and HPUDS actions implemented.

Stage 2 – Key Issues Arising

Find Review Stage 2 reports HERE.

The scope of this first 5-yearly review is to:

  • Update hazard information
  • Make any required or requested changes to settlement pattern (including reconsideration of inappropriate areas for development)
  • Remove redundant or low value recommended actions, and correct omissions and errors
  • Further investigate the rural residential land supply and regulatory responses
  • Further evaluate the retirement sector and options for accommodating retirement villages
  • Consider councils' requests for alternative sites to include in the strategy.

Stage 3 – Community Engagement

The Draft Revised HPUDS Strategy 2016 can be found here.

The 2016 DRAFT Revised HPUDS Growth Areas maps can be found here.

During August 2016 the community had an opportunity to comment on the draft revised strategy.

Over 50 submissions were received on the Draft Revised Strategy. In October 2016, the Working Group received presentations from a number of submitters, plus then considered all of the verbal and written submissions, along with advice from a Technical Advisory Group of council staff.  The Working Group has since made recommendations to the three partner councils about the form and content of the revised Strategy.

Index of submissions
Submissions 1-10 (Absalom - Cooper)

Submissions 11-20 (Currie - Gunn)
Submissions 21-30 (Harkness – Mangin)
Submissions 31-40 (Marist – Raymond)
Submissions 41-55 (Rutter – Watkins) + 3 late submissions by Paul Harris, Hastings District Council and HorticultureNZ
ADDENDUM – submission in full from Guy Panckhurst (#37)

The Working Group’s reports and recommendations for the Draft Revised HPUDS 2016 can be viewed here.

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