We’ve now publicly notified Plan Change 9 – Historic Heritage and Natural Environments.

The proposed changes to built heritage, Historic Heritage Areas, archaeological sites and Significant Natural Areas now have 'immediate legal effect'. This means the proposed rules must be followed now to make sure the identified structures/items, sites and areas are protected throughout the formal hearing process. Proposed changes to notable trees will come into effect at the end of the formal hearing process.  

Submissions on Plan Change 9 – Historic Heritage and Natural Environments are open until Friday 19 August 2022.

More information can be found below: 

Have your say on Plan Change 9 – Historic Heritage and Natural Environments

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Minor changes of Plan Change 9 after Public Notification

The following minor changes have been made according to some administrative errors after public notification of Plan Change 9.

Date Matter of Changes
26 July 2022

The Notable Trees (T123 & T263) have been removed from the E-Plan Map (PC9).

  • T123.1 to T123.16 (Brooklyn Road Claudelands Hamilton Waikato 3214 NZ)
  • T263.1 to T263.7 (203 River Road Claudelands Hamilton Waikato 3214 NZ)
  • T263.8 (205 River Road Claudelands Hamilton Waikato 3214 NZ)
27 July 2022

Historical Heritage Areas (HHA)

  • The shapes of the Hamilton East HHA and Graham Street HHA shown on the E-Plan Map (PC9) have been separated.
4 August 2022

Significant Natural Areas (SNA) and Archaeological Sites

  • The SNA and Archaeological sites have been labelled with respective site ID number on the E-plan Map (PC9).
5 August 2022

Built Heritage

  • The reference dot of the proposed Built Heritage at the 29 Palmerston Street has been removed from the E-plan Map (PC9).
  • The reference dots of the proposed Built Heritage at the following addresses have been added on the E-plan Map (PC9):
    • 8 Marama Street
    • 39 Marama Street
    • 106 Forest Lake Road

Proposed plan change




What is Plan Change 9?

As the demand for land and housing increases, it's crucial we strike the right balance between supporting development and protecting and enhancing those things that have helped shape our city. This is exactly what Plan Change 9 is all about. It's about making sure our District Plan, and the rules in it, enable growth while protecting Hamilton's unique historic heritage and natural environment. It's building a city that reflects our identity where future generations of Hamiltonians can grow within the types of communities they want.

What we're doing?

Under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), all councils are required to have policies and rules in their District Plans that help protect their heritage and natural environment.

In our current District Plan, 122 built structures, five special character areas, approximately 500 notable trees, 59 Significant Natural Areas and 52 archaeological sites are listed. Through Plan Change 9 we're taking the opportunity to assess each of these and look at any new elements that may need to be added to ensure we're doing all we can to protect Hamilton's unique heritage and natural environment.

What does this Plan Change cover?

When is this happening?

June 2021

Introduce the Plan Change to potentially impacted landowners and gather information for evaluation and draft plan writing.

July 2022

Share the draft plan provisions with impacted Hamiltonians and stakeholders.

August 2022

Public notification of the Plan Change and the formal submission period. 


Submissions, further submissions and hearings.


What is heritage and why is it important?

Heritage is a term used to describe items, areas and sites we've inherited from the past that we want to protect as they help tell our story. It speaks to our identity and reflects our values. It tells people where we've come from and what we cherish. Be it our heritage buildings, heritage areas or archaeological and cultural sites, they all contribute to our unique identity and provide a sense of belonging.

In Hamilton, this includes physical elements (buildings, structures and areas) and cultural (archaeological sites).

But heritage doesn't just mean things that are old. We've got some elements from our more recent history that we want to protect so we're looking to include those in our District Plan too.

What is nature and why is it important?

Nature is all living things on Planet Earth. It's the plants and trees, animals, birds, freshwater fish, insects that exist together. Plan Change 9 looks to provide further protection for important aspects of our natural environment by identifying and protecting our river and gully network, notable trees and areas of significant indigenous vegetation. These areas are home to native plants and/or native animals including the long-tailed bat.

Over time we've seen these environments change and this has put a number of these plants and animals at risk. We want to protect our unique biodiversity for future generations to enjoy and because of the value these spaces bring to individuals and communities.

Why is Council reviewing it now?

Hamilton is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and we want to make sure that while we embrace this growth, we're protecting those elements that are important to us. It's been over a decade since we last assessed our heritage and natural environment elements. This Plan Change is about making sure we're protecting all of Hamilton's heritage and natural environments.

How does the District Plan protect heritage and our natural environment?

The District Plan identifies items, areas and sites of historic and natural significance that are important to the city, Waikato and in some instances New Zealand's past that we want to protect. It includes rules that must be followed when working on these items, areas and sites to make sure they're not damaged through inappropriate development.

Will having these elements on my property impact its value?

Property values reflect sales evidence up to the valuation date and are impacted by a variety of factors including supply and demand, interest rates, regional and national economic conditions etc. This means it's very hard to determine what, if any, impact to a property's value is a result of District Plan planning provisions.

In accordance with the RMA, we're not required to financially compensate landowners for identifying and protecting values such as SNA or heritage. You may raise your concerns relating to the reasonable use and development of your property through formal submissions on Plan Change 9. However, the ability to consider impacts on property values are limited under the RMA.

What if I don’t want anything listed against my property in the District Plan?

Property owners and the public can challenge the proposed scheduling of buildings, sites or areas, trees or significant natural areas, as well as any proposed rule changes in the District Plan through the formal Resource Manage Act change process. This involves lodging a submission on the Plan Change once it has been publicly notified in July 2022 and including any evidence that supports the submission.

When do these changes come into effect?

Proposed changes to built heritage, historic heritage areas, archaeological sites and SNAs will have 'immediate legal effect' as soon as the Plan Change is notified. This ensures that the identified structures/items, sites and areas are protected throughout the formal hearing process. Proposed changes to notable trees will come into effect at the end of the formal hearing process.

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Last updated 8 August 2022