The Council often seeks community comments about Council-related issues.
This may be as part of a formal Council consultation process or simply to
get an informal indication of community feelings about a topic.
Submissions and Petitions Guidelines (PDF, 64KB)
Draft Annual Plan 2013-14
The Draft Annual Plan 2013-2014 was open for public submissions from 8 April 2013 until 8 May 2013.
A Draft Annual Plan Summary was delivered to all households in the Wanganui District. This document outlines the key information in the Draft Annual Plan. You can also download the summary document below.
If you want more detailed information, copies of the draft plan are available:
- From the Customer Services Counter at the Council building, 101 Guyton Street, or by phoning Customer Services on (06) 349 0001.
- From the Wanganui District Library and Gonville Café Library.
- By emailing us
- Or download below
Draft Annual Plan 2013-14 (PDF, 907KB)
Draft Annual Plan 2013-14 Summary document (PDF, 472KB)
Proposed rates for 2013/14
You can check what effect the proposed rates increase in the Draft Annual Plan
is likely to have on your property. Please note that the rates shown for 2013/14 are indicative only. Actual rates will be calculated in July 2013 after the final Annual Plan is adopted.
Some assumptions have been made for the calculation of these indicative rates. Actual rates are likely to vary. Check your proposed 2013/14 rates here.
Policy for remission of rates on Maori freehold land
As part of the Draft Annual Plan process, we are seeking submissions on a proposed minor change to the Policy for remission of rates on Maori freehold land. The proposed change would allow some flexibility in determining equitable rating provisions and would recognise the special features and services provided on some Maori-owned land. The proposed policy can be downloaded below:
Policy on remission of rates on Maori freehold land (PDF, 18KB)
Submissions will be heard on May 29-30.
All submissions will be acknowledged and considered by the Council. Copies of each submission will be made publicly available when the Council considers submissions.
Submissions closed at 5.00pm on Wednesday, 8 May 2013.
Wanganui District Plan – Proposed Changes
Summary of submissions available and call for further submissions to Proposed Plan Changes PC23, PC24, PC25, PC26, PC27, PC28 and PC29
Resource Management Act 1991 (the Act)
Wanganui District Council hereby gives public notice pursuant to Clause 7 First Schedule of the Act, that the Council has prepared a summary of submissions for each of the following proposed Plan Changes to the Wanganui District Plan:
PC23 (Rural Lifestyle zone) re-names the Restricted Services Residential zone and establishes a minimum 5000m2 lot size.
PC24 (Neighbourhood Commercial zone) removes Outline Development Plans.
PC25 (Natural Hazards) adds stronger restrictions and new sites to the Hillside Protection Overlay including prohibiting development in high risk areas.
PC26 (Residential zone) updates provisions adding a minimum lot size of 450m2 per site.
PC27 (Subdivision, Earthworks and Infrastructure) adds strong linkages with engineering documents, a focus on low impact development, urban design, managing infrastructure information and capacity, and introduces earthworks provisions.
PC28 (Reserves and Open Spaces zone) updates the provisions.
PC29 (Built Heritage) confirms retention of the Old Town Conservation Overlay, adds a number of built heritage items along with a hierarchy of protection for items.
Copies of all submissions received, a relevant summary of the decisions requested by submitters to the proposed Plan Changes and further submission forms are available for public inspection during normal working hours (Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.00pm) at the Customer Services Desk, Wanganui District Council, 101 Guyton Street, Davis Library, Queens Park and Gonville Café Library. The summary of decisions requested and further submission forms are available anytime on the Council’s District Plan website.
Council now invites further written submissions, in the prescribed form available at the locations stated above, in support of, or in opposition to, those submissions already made.
Further submissions may ONLY be made in support of or in opposition to a relevant submission already received by Council.
You can make a further submission if you are a person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest or a person with an interest in the proposed policy statement or plan greater than the interest that the general public has.
Please contact Robyn Butler, phone (06) 349 0001, if you have any queries about the summaries of submissions or about making a further submission.
Further submissions can be made by sending a written or electronic further submission to Wanganui District Council, PO Box 637, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui; fax (06) 349 0000 or email Robyn Butler. The submission must be in Form 6 and state whether or not you wish to be heard on your submission. Copies of the form are available from the Council offices and website (see above). Electronic submissions do not require a signature.
The last day for further submissions was 13 February 2013.
Note: Further submitters MUST send a copy of the further submission to the person or organisation whose submission you are supporting or opposing, within five working days of sending your submission to the Wanganui District Council.
Public participation process
The process for public participation in the consideration of a Plan Change proposal under the Act is as follows:
- Any person may make a further submission in support of, or opposition to, the submissions already made.
- If any person making a submission asks to be heard in support of his or her submission, a hearing must be held; and
- Council must give its decision on the provisions and matters raised in the submissions (including its reasons for accepting or rejecting submissions) and give public notice of its decisions within two years of notifying the proposal and serve it on every person who made a submission at the same time; and
- Any person who has made a submission has the right to appeal against the decision on the proposal to the Environment Court if the person’s submission referred to the matter for which an appeal is to be lodged; and the appeal does not seek the withdrawal of the proposal as a whole.
(Sec 83, 86, 155 and 156 of the Local Government Act 2002)
Wanganui District Council is notifying its intention to consider a new Wanganui District Council (Prohibition of Gang Insignia) Bylaw 2012.
On 9 May 2009 the Wanganui District Council (Prohibition of Gang Insignia) Act 2009 received its Royal assent through Parliament. In September 2009 the Council made a bylaw in accordance with the ‘Act’ - the Wanganui District Council (Prohibition of Gang Insignia) Bylaw 2009.
This Bylaw was challenged through the High Court and was found to be invalid.
Wanganui District Council decided not to appeal the High Court decision and instead has opted to make a new bylaw which takes into account the matters raised in the High Court’s decision.
The proposed Bylaw includes definitions of terms, specifies gangs and specifies public places where the display of gang insignia is prohibited at all times.
Copies of the Proposed Bylaw, Statement of Proposal, Summary of Information and submission forms are available from the Customer Services Counter, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui, and at the District Library, Queens Park, during normal opening hours. These documents are also available by emailing us, by telephoning Customer Services on (06) 349 0001, or below:
Proposed Bylaw (PDF, 1MB)
Statement of Proposal (PDF, 215KB)
Summary of Information (PDF, 81KB)
Submissions closed on Friday, 23 March 2012.
Note: At a meeting held on 18 December 2012, the Council resolved that this matter lie on the table until the fate of MP Todd McClay’s Prohibition of Gang Insignia in Government Premises Bill is determined by Parliament.