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Proposed District Plan Summary of Submissions Available

Proposed District Plan Summary of Submissions Available
We will be calling for further submissions to our PROPOSED DISTRICTPlan on Friday 30 May until 5pm Monday 16 June.
'Further submissions' are a Resource Management Act requirement and let people support or oppose a submission that affects them.

In total there were 1,236 submissions on the Proposed District Plan, from short one-liners to large volumes. They cover almost the entire Plan, but are mostly clustered in the topics: development and growth, biodiversity, landscape and natural character, the coastal environment, heritage, and re-zoning requests. There were also lots of 'duplicate' submissions on mining and visitor accommodation.

The further submission period is notified on Friday 30 May, and all further submissions must be received at the Council by 5 pm Monday 16 June. The further submission period is just 10 working days which is the maximum time limit specified in the RMA. The 10 working days starts from Tuesday 3 June following Queen's Birthday weekend.
A further submission must be in the correct format (SEE OUR WEBSITE HERE FOR THE FORMAT) and must be served to the original submitter within five working days after serving it to the Council. It cannot raise new points. A person can only make a further submission if they represent a relevant aspect of the public interest, or have an interest greater than the general public.

"It's important to remember that further submissions must be limited to matters in original submissions - they cannot raise new points," says District Plan Manager Leigh Robcke." Also, it's not a numbers game. If you've made an original submission on a point, the District Plan Hearings Panel will fully consider your concerns without you needing to further submit on anyone else," says Mr Robcke.

Further submitters have the same rights as submitters to present at the Proposed District Plan hearings, exchange evidence, take part in discussions, and appeal to the Environment Court.

The submission summary and all original submissions can be viewed online HERE. This is where you can also lodge further submission online.
You can also download a further submission form to fill out and email, post or deliver to a Council office.
Paper copies of the submission summary and original submissions can be viewed at the Council offices in Thames, Whitianga, Whangamata and Coromandel Town.

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