Wairarapa International Dark Sky Reserve – Outdoor Artificial Lighting Plan Change

The South Wairarapa District Council is proposing a plan change to the Wairarapa Combined District Plan. The plan change would add some rules to the Wairarapa Combined District Plan to manage light pollution better.

The Wairarapa International Dark Sky Reserve – Outdoor Artificial Lighting Plan Change

The South Wairarapa District Council is proposing a plan change to the Wairarapa Combined District Plan. The plan change would add some rules to the Wairarapa Combined District Plan so it manages light pollution better.

The Wairarapa Dark Sky Society are applying to the International Dark Sky Association for part of Wairarapa to be certified as an International Dark Sky Reserve. South Wairarapa, Carterton, and Masterton District Councils support this application for the variety of economic, environmental, social, and cultural benefits the certification would bring to the districts. This plan change will help the dark sky certification application go more smoothly. New rules would need to be in place before the Martinborough Dark Sky Society can submit their dark sky reserve application in February 2021.

Here are the main changes to the District Plan

New outdoor lighting to be tilted down or shielded so light goes out and down – not out and up.

Ensure the ‘colour temperature’ of new lighting is 3000 Kelvin and under.

An exemption to the above rules if outdoor lighting is on a five-minute (or less) sensor/timer.

Sport and recreation lighting to address light pollution, and to make it easier (eg. fewer resource consents) for sports recreation facilities to install outdoor lighting.

All of the documentation can be downloaded here, and is also available at the South Wairarapa and Carterton District Council offices and Greytown, Martinborough, Featherston and Carterton Public libraries.

Summary of the plan change and FAQ’s
Section 32 report
Section 32 Appendix A – Proposed changes to the Wairarapa Combined District Plan
Response to Minute 1 – Summary of pre-hearing discussion
Minute 2 Commissioner

Chapter 4 – Rural Zone
Chapter 6 – Commercial Zone
Chapter 7 – Industrial Zone
Chapter 19 – General Amenity Values
Chapter 21 – District Wide Land Use Rules
Chapter 22 – Assessment Criteria
Chapter 27 – Definitions

Section 32 Appendix B – Proposed Appendix 15: Dark Sky Management Area Map

Section 32 Appendix C – Stephenson and Turner Lighting (S&T Lighting) Report

Section 32 Appendix D – International Dark Sky Association – 2018 International Dark Sky Reserve Guidelines

Section 32 Appendix E – Objectives and Policies of the WCDP

Section 32 Appendix F – Lighting available at lighting retailers

Section 32 Appendix G – Summary of the Australian Standard AS 2560 Guide to Sports Lighting

Section 32 Appendix H – Issues and Options Report

Section 32 Appendix I – Schedule 1 Clause 3 Consultation Responses

Summary of Submissions

Submissions and further submissions have now closed.

Response to Minute 1 – Summary of pre-hearing discussion

A Summary of Submissions (here) has been prepared as required by RMA Process. A full copy of submissions are available here.

Full copy of Further Submissions

The Council is currently reviewing submissions and preparing a response of submissions under s42A of the RMA.

Consultation Update

All submissions have been received and analyzed and a commissioner has been appointed. The below report outlines the commissioners minutes for the process going forward.

Commissioners Minutes

The Commissioner has made the final minutes which are attached below.

Commissioners Minute 3

Attached below is the reporting planners S42A report for the proposed Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve – Outdoor Artificial Lighting Plan Change. This is in response to Minute 2 of the Commissioner.  

S42A Planners Recommendation Report

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