Have your say on the management of signs in Upper Hutt
Consultation is open from Wednesday 6 June and submissions close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 18 July 2018.
We are consulting on:
Proposed Plan Change 45 – Signs which seeks to update and consolidate signs provisions in the District Plan
Click here to see a copy of the public notice for proposed Plan Change 45 [PDF 271 KB]
Proposed Control of Temporary Signs Bylaw 2018 (replacing the Control of Advertising Signs Bylaw 2005)
About the Review
The Signs Bylaw and District Plan have been reviewed together because they both regulate and manage signs in Upper Hutt. The Council is required to review the District Plan and the Bylaw periodically to ensure they are still fit for purpose.
- Continue to support the use of signs by businesses and the community, subject to meeting minimum standards
- Make the requirements for signs clearer and easy to use
- Simplify signs management by having the primary focus of the Bylaw on temporary signs, and the District Plan on permanent signs (currently temporary signs are regulated by both the District Plan and the Bylaw)
A key change that Council is consulting on is that the Bylaw will become the primary tool to regulate temporary signs up to a maximum size of 3m2 and up to a maximum duration of two months (‘thresholds’). The District Plan would still have a role for temporary signs i.e. If signs do not comply with the thresholds then resource consent under the District Plan would be needed. In addition, in residential zones there would be a maximum coverage of temporary signs on a site of 4.5m2. All other specifications for temporary signs under the thresholds would be managed by the Bylaw (e.g. siting and size requirements for signs like real estate signs and sandwhich board signs).
To view a flow chart that shows the relationship between the Bylaw and District Plan for signs, click here.
Proposed Plan Change 45 – Signs
The main proposed changes are:
- All general signs provisions are combined into a single signs chapter.
- A new signs objective is inserted which recognises the need for signs and that they need to be well managed (relates to issues for character, amenity and transport safety).
- Inserting more specific signs policies which apply across the city, but which recognise and provide for the different characteristics of zones.
- Updated and amended rules, matters of discretion, and definitions, which maintain the current approach that most signs are permitted subject to meeting minimum standards.
- Where standards are not met, signs would be assessed as restricted discretionary or discretionary activities. This retains the primary activity status for most activities of restricted discretionary, where permitted standards are not met.
- A new discretionary activity status for signs is introduced for signs which incorporate movement or changing content (including digital signage) and signs which are not situated on the site to which they relate.
The proposed Control of Temporary Signs Bylaw 2018
The proposed Control of Temporary Signs Bylaw 2018 is intended to become the primary method to regulate temporary signs in Upper Hutt. A summary of key changes are described below:
- Replace the Control of Advertising Signs Bylaw
- Simplify existing provisions to make compliance easier
- Incorporate new provisions relating to temporary signs, ensuring that the Bylaw is the primary method for regulating most temporary signs
- Clearly outline the types and characteristics of temporary signs that are permitted
- Formalise operational policies for pre-approved locations for temporary signs
- Remove provisions in the Bylaw that restricted sign content
- Remove provisions relating to signs on parked vehicles (they are covered by the Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2005)
- Expland the existing exemption and enforcement regimes
- Introduce the Local Government Act 2002 penalties for breach of the bylaw
To view a more detailed summary of the proposed changes click here.
A full description of the proposed changes is contained in the Statement of Proposal which can be read here.
How to make a submission
We welcome your feedback on the proposed changes to the management of signs in Upper Hutt. Please use the online submission form to provide feedback on both Plan Change 45 and the Signs Bylaw. Alternatively, you can download a submission form [PDF 63 KB] or collect one from Council reception, Upper Hutt Libraries, or Expressions Whirinaki. Please note that submissions on Plan Change 45 must be made using this submission form.
Paper forms can be free posted or returned via:
- Scan and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Drop boxes at Council reception, Upper Hutt Pop-up Library, Pinehaven Library, or Expressions Whirinaki
Two consultation processes are underway for the Plan Change and Bylaw because they are made under different legislation. The District Plan is made under the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Bylaw is made under the Local Government Act 2002. We will try and align these processes as much as possible, including running a combined submission process, because people may have an interest in both.
Once submission close, the next steps in each process are:
Plan Change 45
- A summary of submissions is publicly notified and further submissions are called for
- A hearing is held (subject to submissions) for people who wish to be heard
- A decision on the Plan Change is then made by Council and appeals on the decision can be made.
- A hearing is held for people who wish to be heard
- A decision on the bylaw is then made by Council.
Dates for further submissions and hearings will be advised in due course.
If you would like more information on any of the proposed changes or the process, please talk to us:
Telephone: (04) 527 2169
Visit us by dropping in to the Civic Centre at 838 – 842 Fergusson Drive
What is Upper Hutt City’s District Plan?
The main document that manages land use and development (including the use of signs) in Upper Hutt and is a requirement of the Resource Management Act 1991. It sets out the objectives, policies and rules.
What is a bylaw?
A regulation made by a local authority under the Local Government Act 2002 and is regulated by that Act and the Bylaws Act 1910. For example, a local authority can make bylaws to protect the public from nuisance, to protect, promote and maintain public health and safety and to minimise the potential for offensive behaviour in public places.
How long do I have to make a submission?
You have six weeks. This six week period started on 6 June 2018 and ends at 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 18 July 2018.