The Horizons Regional Council’s One Plan has objectives, policies and rules to manage natural resources across the region. Part of this plan is currently subject to Plan Change 2, which amends the requirements in the One Plan for intensive farming in target catchments  - find out more below.  

  • Regional plans manage natural resources – the use of water, discharges to water, discharges to air or land and activities which cause things like soil erosion or contamination.

E.g. rules for discharges, water takes, cultivation etc.

Each of the seven District Councils – Ruapehu, Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu, Palmerston North, Tararua and Horowhenua – have their own District Plans.

  • District Plans set out policy and rules for land use activities and subdivision, they manage land based on mapped ‘zones’ (e.g. Rural Zone, Residential Zone, Lifestyle Zone)

E.g. rules for noise limits, earthworks, height or site coverage standards for buildings and structures, sets out activities which can occur without a resource consent in each zone.

Manawatu District Council is in the early stages of consulting on a review of the rural and residential chapters of their District Plan.