Public Participation Process for Proposed Changes to the District Plan 2016 Listen Submission period A number of public meetings were held throughout the District to discuss the proposed changes. The submission period closed at 5pm on 4 April 2016. Public notice of decisions requested by submitters Further submission were made in support of, or opposition to, submissions already made. The further submission period closed 4pm 22 April 2016. Pre-hearing meetings Pre-hearing meetings will be held with submitters during April to clarify/resolve issues prior to the hearing. Public hearing Submitters can give a verbal submission for the commissioner to consider. Decision Decisions will be publicly notified and letters sent to all submitters. Environment Court Environmental Court appeal rights for submitters if they disagree with the decision.