Plan Your Town



Plan Change 47 - Zoning and Rule Provisions

Plan Change 47 reviews the planning rules and zoning for each of our three towns and the areas around them. This is an important process as the proposed changes may affect many residents and land owners throughout the district. From smaller section sizes to business zones, we want to ensure that the land supply is aligned to our population projections and that there is room for future growth. Find out more.


Horrell Road - Notice of requirement

We are proposing to realign the Horrell Road intersection onto State Highway 26. This is required to improve the safety and efficiency of the intersection and has been proposed in conjunction with Plan Change 47 to the District Plan. Find out more.


Plan Change 48 - Protected Trees

Plan Change 48 reviews Schedule 3 (Outstanding or significant natural features and trees and other protected items) of the District Plan and the associated tree protection Objectives, Policies and Rules. The Plan Change seeks to update Schedule 3 to ensure that it continues to represent the most significant trees in the District. All of the currently protected trees in the district have been assessed by arborists Arbor Care using the Standard Tree Evaluation Method (STEM), which assesses and scores trees based on a number of factors (such as form, health, community benefit and rarity).

We’re planning to protect trees of a high standard and remove from the schedule those trees that do not meet a STEM threshold of 140 points. In addition, the plan change will ensure that rules relating to protected trees in District Plan offer landowners increased flexibility to carry out maintenance and pruning work while still protecting significant trees. Find out more.


What sections of the District Plan have been reviewed already?


Plan Change 46 - Development Concept Plan for Poultry Processing and Manufacturing, Waitoa

Plan Change 46 amended the Development Concept Plan for the Inghams Enterprises (NZ) Pty Limited poultry processing factory in Waitoa.

Progressive development of the Inghams site means that the Development Concept Plan ('DCP') has effectively been superseded by resource consents and no longer provides for future growth of the facility. The purpose of the Plan Change was to ensure alignment between Inghams' existing resource consents and the DCP contained within the Matamata-Piako District Plan, and to provide for additional growth and development. This plan change has been adopted by Council and became operative on 23 December 2015. Find out more.

Plan Changes 43 and 44 - Transport and Works and Network Utilities. These sections include provisions on the issues of vehicle entranceways, car parking, noise effects of railways and state highways, transmission lines and telecommunication towers, and where renewable energy generation can occur. Find out more.

Plan Change 42 – Rural Subdivision reviewed the provisions in the District Plan relating to subdivision of rural land. This included addressing the issues of loss of high quality soils through fragmentation of titles and the adverse effects of rural-residential growth in the Rural zone. It also included some minor corrections to zoning (from Rural to Residential) on the District Plan maps, in locations where residential subdivision had already occurred.

This plan change became operative on 4 December 2013.

Plan Change 41: Integration of the Development Manual and the District Plan, including Urban Design. Plan Change 41 amended the provisions of the District Plan to provide for the integration of the Development Manual and the District Plan, and to include changes to the District Plan in respect of urban design.

The intention of these changes was to ensure that the type, form and quality of infrastructure being built meet Council’s requirements and community expectations while also allowing for consideration of alternative designs and solutions. In terms of urban design, the intent was to ensure that residential subdivision and development within the District is meeting current best practice.