Rural Area Review Project

This page describes the Rural Area Review Project, part of the District Plan Review.


The Council has initiated the Rural Area Review of the District Plan.  At this stage the project is structured into six broad sub-programmes based on key issues concerning the Rural Area.

These key broad programmes and their associated broad project timeframes are:

  • Landscapes 2007/2008
  • Wind Farms 2007/2008
  • Rural Lifestyle 2007/2008
  • Pauatahanui Judgeford Change Area (identified in the Wellington Regional Strategy) 2007/2009
  • Primary Production and Rural Industry 2007/2009
  • Future Urban Growth. 2007/2009

The timing of these programmes may change as they progress; if priorities change or if emerging issues must be added to the work programme, and as the results of consultation become known.

These sub-programmes are interrelated and jointly respond to the primary resource management issues facing the Rural Area.  Each of these projects is expected to include initial strategic investigation and the development of discussion document(s) for community consultation.  Materials and reports developed as part of this review exercise will be taken through Council workshops and/or the Council’s District Plan Review sub-committee, prior to public release of that information.

The review of other District Plan provisions (i.e. provisions affecting Suburban and Urban Areas as well as recreation and heritage management), are being dealt with in separate projects.

Formation of the Rural Review Reference Group

In support of the rural review exercise, a Rural Review Reference Group has been established.

The group’s membership consists of representatives from the following rural landowner and conservation interests (in addition to the Council). 

  • Pauatahanui Residents Assn
  • Guardians Of Pauatahanui Inlet
  • Pauatahanui Inlet Community Trust
  • Te Runanga O Toa Rangatira Inc
  • Federated Farmers
  • Porirua Large Rural Landholders Group

The reference group’s primary purpose is to:

(a) Act as a key stakeholder sounding-board for the Rural Review Project (i.e. in confirming the practicality of timelines, establishing effective community consultation processes, and the like); and

(b) Assist with facilitating effective community feedback and input into the review exercise as the project evolves.

In addition to setting up the Rural Reference Group, the Council will provide opportunities for wider public input into the rural review exercise as the project proceeds.

For further project information, please contact Peter Matich (04) 237 1498 or email