Private Plan Change Request & Resource Consent Application for the Orchards Retirement Village, Greytown

What is the proposed plan change request?

South Wairarapa District Council has accepted a request for a Private Plan Change to the Wairarapa Combined District Plan (the Plan) from The Orchards Limited Partnership which includes the following components:

  • re-zone the land at 67 Reading Street and 31 Market Road, Greytown, commonly known as Murphy’s Orchard, from Rural (Primary Production) Zone to Residential Zone with a character area overlay specifically for the Orchards Retirement Village to enable the development and operation of a continuing care retirement village (up to 180 independent dwelling units), rest home, hospital, dementia care (up to 120 beds) and ancillary activities;
  • introduce a new policy in the Residential Zone to provide for the retirement village development within the Orchards Retirement Village Character Area;
  • introduce a new Controlled Activity Rule at 5.5.3 of the Plan to provide for the above development with proposed matters over which Council will retain control;
  • introduce a new Non-Complying Activity Rule at 5.5.6 of the Plan to address non-retirement village residential development within the Orchards Retirement Village Character Area;
  • introduce new subdivision standards at 20.1.2(a) of the Plan to provide for future subdivision within the Orchards Retirement Village Character Area as a Controlled Activity and associated assessment criteria;
  • introduce a new definition of Retirement Village;
  • introduce a new Appendix to the Plan to include the Orchards Retirement Village concept plan; and
  • other consequential amendments to give effect to the purpose and scope of the request.

What is the resource consent application?

The resource consent application is to establish and operate the Orchards Retirement Village at the above site, with the following key components:

  • up to 180 independent dwelling units consisting of 4 typologies built in 3 stages (the advanced care facilities are not part of this application);
  • provision and use of 1 independent dwelling unit to operate as a show home;
  • earthworks – soil disturbance under the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil;
  • roading network throughout the development; wastewater, potable water, stormwater and disposal infrastructure; and
  • pedestrian paths, community garden spaces, retention of a significant number of orchard trees and comprehensive landscaping throughout the site.    

Making a submission

Any person may make a submission on the Private Plan Change request/resource consent application by sending a written or electronic submission to South Wairarapa District Council at PO Box 6, Martinborough or no later than 4pm on Wednesday 29 May 2019.

Copies of the submission form are available on the Council website submission form[Word] and from Council offices.

Summary of public participation

The process for public participation in the consideration of the proposal under the Act is as follows:

  • after the closing date of submissions, Council must prepare a summary of submissions and this summary must be publicly notified; and
  • there will be an opportunity to make a further submission in support of, or in opposition to, the submissions already made; if a person making a submission asks to be heard in support of his/her submission, a hearing must be held (the hearing will hear the private plan change request and resource consent application together); and
  • Council will give its decision on the plan change request (including its reasons for accepting or rejecting submissions) and resource consent application; and
  • any person who made a submission has the right to appeal the decision to the Environment Court.

Further information (also available in hardcopy at Council offices and Greytown Library)

Note: links below take you to documents in Dropbox

Any questions

If you have any questions about the Private Plan Change request or resource consent application, please email or phone the Planning Office at South Wairarapa District Council on 06 306 9611.


South Wairarapa District Council