Further submissions to Plan Change 9 - Historic Heritage and Natural Environment

Closed 18 Nov 2022

Opened 28 Oct 2022

Feedback updated 26 Apr 2023

We asked

Council plays a critical role in identifying and protecting Hamilton's heritage and natural environment, in all its forms.

Through Plan Change 9 we’re proposing changes to our District Plan, and the rules in it, that’ll enable growth in Hamilton while protecting our unique historic heritage and natural environments, namely:

  • Archaeological and cultural sites.
  • Built heritage.
  • Historic Heritage Areas (HHA).
  • Notable trees.
  • Significant Natural Areas (SNA).

The proposed changes outline how these heritage and natural elements are identified, set out how they’re protected and guide how development can happen in or around them.

Submissions to Plan Change 9 were open from 22 July to 2 September 2022.

Further submissions to Plan Change 9 were open from 28 October to 18 November 2022.

You said

We received 468 submissions and 345 further submissions to Plan Change 9 on a range of topics. There is now a formal process to follow under the Resource Management Act 1991.

Hearings to Plan Change 9 will open in May 2023 and go through to November 2023.  This is when anyone who chose to speak to their submission in person can present their evidence to commissioners.

We did

A panel of commissioners will consider all the submissions and make recommendations to Council on the final plan change in mid-2024.

Keep up-to-date on the plan change here.

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


Hamilton City Council publicly notified Plan Change 9 – Historic Heritage and Natural Environment under the Resource Management Act on Friday 22 July 2022 and submissions closed on Friday 2 September 2022. A summary of submissions and copies of the submissions are available and the period for further submissions is open from Friday 28 October 2022. Further submissions must be lodged with Council by Friday 18 November 2022.

Learn more about Plan Change 9 at https://hamilton.govt.nz/planchange9

Where are we now? What's next?

Following the close of further submissions, a report will be prepared on the proposal and a hearing date will be set and notified to all submitters and ‘further submitters’ who wish to be heard. All hearings are open to the public and will be conducted by a panel of accredited commissioners. If you have indicated you wish to speak at the hearing you will be given a chance to explain your submission and may be questioned about it. After the hearing the commissioners will make their decisions. As a submitter you will be sent a copy of the decision and the reasons for it. Decisions will also be publicly notified. As a submitter, you will have right of appeal to the Environment Court.

Further Submissions

Council has prepared a summary of the 468 decisions requested in submissions received on Plan Change 9 which is now available to view. Council now invites further submissions and these must be lodged with Council by Friday 18 November 2022.

Helpful documents and links are located under Related heading at the bottom of this page.

What is a further submission?

A further submission may only be made in support of, or opposition to, another person’s submission. You cannot raise new issues. It provides an opportunity to assess the effect an original submission may have on you, and to have your views considered by the independent Commissioners along with the original submission.

You do not need to have made an original submission to make a further submission. However, the Resource Management Act 1991 stipulates that only the following people can make a further submission:

  • anyone representing a relevant aspect of the public interest;
  • anyone with an interest in the proposed policy statement or plan greater than the interest of the general public;
  • the local authority.

What can I say in my further submission?

Further submissions must follow Form 6 in Resource Management (Forms, Fees and Procedures) Regulations 2003 and must state whether or not you wish to be heard on your submission.

  1. Form 6 requires the following information be provided:
  2. Your name, postal address, telephone number, email address;
  3. The name and address of the original submitter and submission number of the original submission (if available) that the further submission relates to;
  4. Whether you support or oppose the original submission;
  5. The particular parts of the submission you support or oppose and the reasons for your support or opposition;
  6. Whether you seek that the whole (or part) of the original submission be allowed or disallowed;
  7. Whether you would like to make an oral submission to support your written submission;
  8. Whether you will consider presenting a joint case with others making a similar submission.

What if I have more questions about the further submission process?

Staff are available to discuss any concerns with you and you can contact them by emailing planchange@hcc.govt.nz