Plan Change 16 - Network Utilities



Proposed Plan Change 16 (‘Network Utilities’) introduces a new chapter into the Porirua City District Plan which replaces all previous district plan provisions for managing Network Utilities (such as electricity transmission lines and telecommunication networks).

This plan change has arisen for a number of reasons. The previous approach to managing network utilities in the district plan was developed in the 1990's and took a very permissive approach to both network utility and roading provisions. With significant changes in the past 20 years in network utility technology, management and ownership, this needed review. In addition, Councils are now required to give effect to new nationwide policies and standards regarding network utilities, specifically:

  • The National Policy Statement on Electricity Transmission
  • The National Environmental Standard on Electricity Transmission
  • The National Environmental Standard on Telecommunications Facilities

Statutory Process

A discussion document was released in 2012 following network provider and public consultation.

Proposed Plan Change 16 was publicly notified on 1 October 2013.

A summary of these submissions was publicly notified for further submissions on 9 April 2014. Further submissions closed on 7 May 2014.

A Hearing of submissions for Proposed Plan Change 16 commenced on 18 September 2014, and following an adjournment for further information, concluded on 17 March 2015.

The Council confirmed the Hearing Panel’s recommendation on 22 July 2015 and notified its decision on submissions on 1 August 2015.

The two appeals to Proposed Plan Change 16 were lodged and then later withdrawn.

Council made Plan Change 16 operative on 24 October 2016.

Note: Amendments to Proposed Plan Change 16 incorporated references to the Aotea Supermarket Zone (Plan Change 17) at appropriate places within the new Network Utilities chapter. It includes references to the Aotea Supermarket Zone that were introduced as part of Plan Change 17.



For further information please contact the Environment and City Planning Team on phone (04) 237 5089 or email