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Plan Changes and Variations

 

This section was new in the 2005/2006 survey questionnaire. It reports on:

  • council and privately initiated changes to operative plans
  • variations to proposed plans.

Council and privately initiated changes to operative plans

Changes to operative district or regional plans can be initiated by the council or privately by anyone. Eighty-four local authorities were able to report on changes to operative plans. Of these, 43% (36) reported that they had completed a council initiated plan change and 13% (11) reported they had completed a privately initiated plan change in 2005/2006. There were 127 council initiated plan changes and 20 privately initiated plan changes.

In 2005/2006, 12% (10) councils reported that they had declined or withdrawn a council or privately initiated plan change. There were 11 council or privately initiated plan changes declined or withdrawn.

Variations to proposed plans

Variations to proposed district or regional plans can only be initiated by the council. Eighty-four councils were able to report on variations to proposed district or regional plans. Of these, 18% (15) reported that they had completed a variation to a proposed plan and 2% (2) reported they had declined or withdrawn a variation to a proposed plan in 2005/2006. There were 37 variations to proposed plans and two variations were declined or withdrawn.

Table 16: Number of plan changes and variations by local authority type

Local authority type

Number of changes to operative plans

Number of variations to proposed plans

Council initiated completed

Privately initiated completed

Declined/ withdrawn

Completed

Declined/ withdrawn

Regional

3

0

2

2

1

Territorial

112

18

9

26

1

Unitary

12

2

0

9

0

All

127

20

11

37

2

Source: RMA survey of local authorities 2005/2006, questions 7.1-7.5.