Operative Plan Change 8 - Recreation Zone and Public Open Space Zone



The purpose of Plan Change 8 was to create two specific new zones for the City’s public recreation and public open space areas and, in doing so, to resolve two issues that had been identified with the then operative District Plan.

The first such issue was a concern that the District Plan creates unnecessary barriers to the maintenance and use of the City’s recreation areas and public open spaces. The then current operative District Plan was not written with the specific requirements and values of public recreation areas and open spaces in mind. Consequently, activities and facilities that are fundamental to the provision, maintenance and use of public recreation areas and open spaces have regularly, and often unnecessarily, needed resource consent.

A further imperative of the review was related to resident concerns that the District Plan did not differentiate or distinguish between public recreation and open space areas and privately owned land, on which recreation or open space activities may only be a temporary use. This created confusion as to status and potential future use of some privately owned open space areas within the city, such as the former Duck Creek Golf Course site.

To resolve these issues Plan Change 8 introduced a series of alterations to the operative Porirua City District Plan that were intended to ensure that:

  • Publicly owned and managed recreation and open space areas are clearly identified and zoned for those purposes;
  • The core functions of the City’s public recreation and open space areas are specifically recognised and provided for within the District Plan; and
  • Greater certainty is provided to adjoining landowners regarding the nature and scale of activities and their effects which may occur on public recreation and open space zone areas.

Following public submissions and a hearing, Plan Change 8 became operative on the 9th of March 2010. Information about this process is available below under the heading 'statutory process'.

It is important to note that when Plan Change 8 was proposed the new zones were called the Recreation Zone and Open Space Zone. The hearing subcommittee's decision changed this to the Recreation Zone and the Public Open Space Zone.


Plan Change 8 made the follow changes to the District Plan:

  • A new objectives and policies chapter;
  • A new Recreation Zone rules and standards chapter;
  • A new Open Space Zone rules and standards chapter;
  • Additions and amendments to the District Plan interpretation section;
  • Changes to the noise rules in other zones, i.e. the existing City Centre, Industrial, Business Park, Suburban and Rural Zones ;
  • Alterations to the District Plan Maps; and,
  • Miscellaneous ancillary changes.

Plan Change 8 did not seek to rezone the former Duck Creek Golf Course site in Whitby.

Statutory process

Plan Change 8 – Recreation and Public Open Space and its supporting assessment under section 32 of the Resource Management Act 1991 was approved for notification by Council on 19 September 2007. The Plan Change was publicly notified on 22 September 2007.

Public submissions on the plan change closed on Friday 14 December 2007. During this period 26 submissions were received by Council.

A Summary of Decisions Requested by the 26 submissions was publicly notified on the 3rd of February 2009. The further submission period closed on the 6th of March 2009 and three further submissions were received.

A hearing was held on the 29th and 30th of June 2009, during which a number of submitters were heard and a Council Officer's report was presented to the Proposed Plan Change 8 Hearing Subcommittee. The Officer's report is available for download below. The hearing subcommittee adjourned to make its decision on the 30th of June 2009.

The District Plan Review Subcommittee reported the recommended decisions on submissions and further submissions of the Proposed Plan Change 8 Hearing Subcommittee to the 28 October Council meeting. At the 28 October meeting Council adopted the recommended decisions, and these decisions were publicly notified on 3 November 2009.

A notice of the decisions and a copy of the decisions on submission and further submissions was sent to all submitters on 2 November 2009. The decisions on submissions and further submissions are available for download below.

No appeals were received on Plan Change 8 and at its meeting on the 24th of February 2010 Council resolved to make the plan change operative on the 9th of March 2010. This operative date was publicly notified and a notice was sent to all submitters.


(Note that the numbering of the operative plan change slightly differs from earlier documents due to other plan changes that were made operative before a decision on Plan Change 8 was made).

Decisions on submissions and further submissions



Plan change as proposed


For further information please contact the Environment and City Planning Team on phone (04) 237 5089 or email enquiries@pcc.govt.nz.