Spatial Plan

Consultation on the Spatial Plan has now closed and the first stage of the Plan, focussed on its residential elements, is now out. Master planning of the towns is due to begin in early 2022, starting with Featherston, before progressing to Martinborough later in the year and Greytown in 2023/2024. Work on the district’s Rural, Industrial and Commercial zones will be done under the Wairarapa Combined District Plan, which is being reviewed by the region’s three councils.

South Wairarapa Spatial Plan – Mapping Our Future 2050

Our Spatial Plan will provide a blueprint for what we want our district to look like in the future. The challenge is to develop in ways that support the future prosperity and wellbeing of our district but protects what makes it special.

The Spatial Plan will align with our district vision, refresh and feed into future annual plans, long-term plans and district plans, and provide guidance for the development of infrastructure.

Early community engagement told us to focus on residential growth options as a top priority which is why the first step of the Spatial Plan focuses on Residential Growth Areas.

Step 1: Residential Growth Areas

On 10 November, Council considered all written and verbal submissions and made decisions on residential growth areas for future development within Martinborough, Featherston and Greytown.

The final plan identifies the future residential growth areas for each of the three major towns and will provide choice while respecting the unique character of each of them.

The South Wairarapa Spatial Plan document provides further information on all the respective residential areas, including the Spatial Plan Map and Strategic Drivers Diagram for the district and timeframes for master planning.  

The South Wairarapa Spatial Plan will be reviewed at least once every 5 years, but the plan is a ‘live’ document that may be reviewed if a significant change of circumstances arises.

View the Final Spatial Plan Documents here:

South Wairarapa Spatial Plan

For more information, please see our FAQs.

Supporting Documents

Phase 2 – Consultation

The consultation document was released on 31 March 2021 as Phase 2 of consultation. This final consultation was specifically on the Residential Growth Areas for each town.

View the Consultations Documents:

Spatial Plan Consultation Document – Our Future Focus 2050 PDF
Spatial Plan Consultation Document – Our Future Focus 2050 EBOOK
Spatial Plan Consultation Document – Our Future Focus 2050 Feedback form PDF

Phase 1 – Community Engagement

The Discussion Document was released in July 2019 as Phase 1 of community engagement. Its aim was to start the discussion with the community to help develop the Draft Spatial Plan, which will then go out for formal consultation.

View the Discussion Document:

Important Dates

  • Wednesday 31 March 2021 – Consultations open online, with print copies available in Council offices and libraries
  • Wednesday 7 April – Spatial Plan Consultation Documents published in Wairarapa Midweek
  • Monday 19 April, 7pm – Spatial Planning Public Meeting, Kiwi Hall, Featherston
  • Tuesday 20 April, 7pm – Spatial Planning Public Meeting, Supper Room, Waihinga Centre, Martinborough
  • Wednesday 21 April, 7pm – Spatial Planning Public Meeting, WBS Room, Greytown
  • Friday 30 April, 5pm – Submissions close
  • Tuesday 25 May – Submission hearings and deliberations
  • Wednesday 26 May – Submission hearings and deliberations
  • Thursday 27 May – Deliberations (reserve day)
  • Wednesday 30 June – LTP adopted by Council
  • Wednesday 10 November – Spatial Plan Deliberations and Decisions
  • Wednesday 8 December – Final Spatial Plan Published

To view the Long Term Plan please click here

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