Council publicly notified Plan Change 12 – Enabling Housing Supply under the Resource Management Act on Friday 19 August and submissions closed on Friday 30 September 2022.

Submissions on Plan Change 12 and Further submissions were available until Monday 12 December 2022.

Next a joint opening hearing will commence on 15 February 2023 (including Plan Change 12 for Hamilton City Council, Variation 3 for Waikato District Council, and Plan Change 26 for Waipā District Council)

Substantive hearings on Plan Change 12 will be held 4 September – 22 September 2023.

More information can be found below.

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Plan Change 12 – Enabling Housing Supply – Joint Hearing (15 February 2023)

Plan Change 12 – Enabling Housing Supply – Joint Hearing (16 February 2023)

Plan Change 12 – Enabling Housing Supply – Joint Hearing (17 February 2023)

August 2022

Public notification (and your chance to tell us what you think).

February 2023

Joint Opening Hearing

Sept 2023

Hearings (you can speak to your submission in person).

Early 2024

 Notification of the decision.

Early 2024

Plan change operative and the new rules come into effect.

Since 2020, Central Government has reset the rules for how big cities can grow and introduced two pieces of legislation that tells councils how they must make that happen. These are the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) and Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021.

Amongst other things, the new rules requires cities like Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga and Hamilton to grow up, not just out.

​Read more about the NPS-UD here.

​Read more about the Amendment bill here.

The changes set out by Government are not optional

We must change our plan to reflect the new rules. But we’re aiming to do this in a way that respects our environment and the features of our city that are important to us.

Proposed changes

Plan change documentation






Legal Submissions




Strategic Hearings





Other related plan changes

Waipā District Council: PC26 Residential Intensification

Waikato District Council: Variation 3 Enabling Housing Supply

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Last updated 20 December 2022