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HCC – Government changes to allow higher and denser housing (survey closes 5pm Friday 29 April)

April 6 @ 8:00 AM - April 29 @ 5:00 PM NZST

The Government passed a law in late 2021 to allow housing up to three storeys high in most residential areas, without requiring council planning permission (resource consent). Council is also required to allow housing of at least six storeys within walking distance of our train stations, the CBD and the Petone commercial area. More housing (also known as intensification) will also be allowed in residential areas such as the suburban centres of Avalon, Eastbourne, Moera, Stokes Valley and Wainuiomata.

Council is only able to limit these requirements in specific circumstances such as identified natural hazard and heritage areas.

This law means a change to council’s work on the District Plan review that was already underway. The District Plan is the main document that sets the rules for managing land use and development within our city.

Council has voted to focus on making the necessary changes to the District Plan to include these requirements. This will enable Hutt City Council to make the intensification changes that are required by the government deadline of 20 August.

Council has prepared a detailed outline(External link) of what these changes will mean for Lower Hutt, with maps showing the areas where the changes may occur. We are now seeking feedback from the community and other interested parties on these changes.

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April 6 @ 8:00 AM NZST
April 29 @ 5:00 PM NZST
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