Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS)

Rotorua is growing and our community urgently needs more homes and more housing options. Council is acting now to respond to that demand however, the current District Plan does not enable the urgent response that is required to increase housing supply in Rotorua.

In November 2021, Council resolved unanimously to request inclusion of the Rotorua urban area Tier 2 in the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021.

The new MDRS provides Council with a significant opportunity to rapidly enable housing development across the city without having to go through lengthy plan changes which can often take years to complete.

Government announces inclusion of Rotorua in the Act

Click here to view the Government’s announcement – 15 March 2022

Click here to read FAQs about the MDRS and what it means for Rotorua