1.1.1 Purpose of the District Plan

​​​The purpose of the Hamilton City District Plan (the District Plan) is to enable the Council to carry out its functions under the Resource Management Act 1991, the purpose of which is to promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources.

Section 5 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (the Act) defines sustainable management as:

“Managing the use, development and protection of natural and physical resources in a way, or at a rate, which enables people and communities to provide for their social, economic and cultural wellbeing and for their health and safety while:

a) Sustaining the potential of natural and physical resources (excluding minerals) to meet the reasonably foreseeable needs of future generations;

b) Safeguarding the life-supporting capacity of air, water, soil and ecosystems; and

c) Avoiding, remedying or mitigating any adverse effects of activities on the environment.”

The Act defines natural and physical resources to include “land, water, air, soil, minerals, and energy, all forms of plants and animals (whether native to New Zealand or introduced), and all structures”.

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