Plan Your Town




Plan Change 50 – Hobbiton Development Concept Plan, 487, 501 and 502 Buckland Road, Matamata

Plan Change 50 seeks to introduce a Development Concept Plan (DCP) for the Hobbiton Movie Set at Buckland Road, Matamata. Find out more


Plan Change 52 - Development Concept Plan for Milk Processing Factory Site, Tatuanui

Plan Change 52 seeks to update the existing Development Concept Plan (DCP) for the Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd. (Tatua) milk processing factory on State Highway 26, Tatuanui. Find out more


Plan Change 47 - Zoning and Rule Provisions

Plan Change 47 – Plan Your Town reviews the planning rules and zoning for each of our three towns and the areas around them. This is an important process as the proposed changes may affect many residents and land owners throughout the district. As the plan change has progressed, various parts of Plan Change 47 have been heard at a Council hearing, deferred, withdrawn or subject to Environment Court appeal. Subsequently, Plan Change 47 has been divided into four separate parts, each reflecting the current status of an individual aspect of the plan change. Find out more below:

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Kuranui Road

Horrell Road

Banks Road


What sections of the District Plan have been reviewed already?


Plan Change 51 - Development Concept Plan for Milk Processing Factory Site, Waharoa introduced a Development Concept Plan (DCP) for the Open Country Dairy milk processing factory site in Factory Road, Waharoa.

The purpose of the DCP is to provide for the integrated and coordinated development of the Open Country Dairy site, in advance of its current resource consents, to allow for additional growth and development of the milk processing facility. This plan change became operative on 5 June 2019. Find out more.


Plan Change 48 - Protected Trees reviewed Schedule 3 (Outstanding or significant natural features and trees and other protected items) of the District Plan and the associated tree protection Objectives, Policies and Rules.

The Plan Change sought to update Schedule 3 to ensure that it continues to represent the most significant trees in the District. In addition, the plan change will ensure that rules relating to protected trees in District Plan offer landowners increased flexibility to carry out maintenance and pruning work while still protecting significant trees. This plan change became operative on 24 May 2017. Find out more.


Plan Change 46 - Development Concept Plan for Poultry Processing and Manufacturing, Waitoa. This plan change amended the Development Concept Plan for the Inghams Enterprises (NZ) Pty Limited poultry processing factory in Waitoa.

Progressive development of the Inghams site means that the Development Concept Plan ('DCP') has effectively been superseded by resource consents and no longer provides for future growth of the facility. The purpose of the Plan Change was to ensure alignment between Inghams' existing resource consents and the DCP contained within the Matamata-Piako District Plan, and to provide for additional growth and development. This plan change has been adopted by Council and became operative on 23 December 2015. Find out more.


Plan Changes 43 and 44 - Transport and Works and Network Utilities. These sections include provisions on the issues of vehicle entranceways, car parking, noise effects of railways and state highways, transmission lines and telecommunication towers, and where renewable energy generation can occur. These plan changes became operative on 21 October 2015. Find out more.


Plan Change 42 – Rural Subdivision reviewed the provisions in the District Plan relating to subdivision of rural land. This included addressing the issues of loss of high quality soils through fragmentation of titles and the adverse effects of rural-residential growth in the Rural zone. It also included some minor corrections to zoning (from Rural to Residential) on the District Plan maps, in locations where residential subdivision had already occurred. This plan change became operative on 4 December 2013.


Plan Change 41: Integration of the Development Manual and the District Plan, including Urban Design. Plan Change 41 amended the provisions of the District Plan to provide for the integration of the Development Manual and the District Plan, and to include changes to the District Plan in respect of urban design.

The intention of these changes was to ensure that the type, form and quality of infrastructure being built meet Council’s requirements and community expectations while also allowing for consideration of alternative designs and solutions. In terms of urban design, the intent was to ensure that residential subdivision and development within the District is meeting current best practice.