The Northland Regional Council’s regional plans include objectives, policies and rules to manage the natural resources across the region. The Proposed Regional Plan for Northland is a new regional plan for the region.

  • 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. Regional plans set out policy and rule for the management of fresh water, air, productive land and natural ecosystems across the region. These policies and rules set the requirements for each of the district councils in the region.

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

There are three District Councils –Far North, Kaipara, Whangarei– each 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.


Recent plan changes and submissions

Whangārei District Draft Growth Strategy Submission

HortNZ made a submission in December 2020 on the Draft Whangārei District Growth Strategy. The Whangārei District Growth Strategy was adopted in September 2021.

Click here to read HortNZ's submission (Dec 2020)

Whangarei District Plan overview 

HortNZ has prepared a summary of recent  changes to the District Plan which HortNZ has had some involvement in and an overview of the key rules in the Plan to be aware of.

Click here to read HortNZ's summary of the Whangarei District Plan (Jan 2021)