Updated 11 September 2018
10A.3.1 Objective – Provision of Network Utilities
- The importance of network utilities to the City’s, region’s and nation’s existing and future social and economic wellbeing is recognised;
- The sustainable, secure and efficient use and development of network utilities within the City is provided.
10A.3.1.1 Policy – Provision of Network Utilities
- By providing for a range of network utilities to operate throughout the City to meet the existing and future community’s needs;
- By ensuring that the provision for network utilities that cross jurisdictional boundaries are managed in an integrated manner;
- By enabling the efficient establishment, operation, maintenance and minor upgrading (in relation to electric lines) of network utilities;
- By recognising the functional, technical and operational requirements of network utilities and the benefits they provide when assessing resource consent applications.
10A.3.2 Objective – Efficient Operation of Established Network Utilities
The efficient operation and maintenance of established network utilities is not adversely affected by subdivision, use and development.
10A.3.2.1 Policy - Efficient Operation of Network Utilities
By ensuring the security, safety and reliability of the City’s existing network utilities is considered in the assessment of subdivision, use and development.
10A.3.3 Objective – Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Network Utilities
- The construction (and minor upgrading in relation to electric lines) of network utilities avoids or mitigates any potential adverse effects on amenity, landscape character, streetscape and heritage values;
- The operation (and minor upgrading in relation to electric lines) and maintenance of network utilities mitigates any adverse effects on amenity, landscape character, streetscape and heritage values.
10A.3.3.1 Policy - Undergrounding of Infrastructure Associated with Network Utilities
By ensuring infrastructure associated with network utilities (including, but not limited to pipes, lines and cables) shall be placed underground, unless:
- Alternative placement will reduce adverse effects on the amenity, landscape character, streetscape or heritage values of the surrounding area;
- The existence of a natural or physical feature or structure makes underground placement impractical;
- The operational, technical requirements or cost of the network utility infrastructure dictate that it must be placed above ground;
- It is existing infrastructure.
10A.3.3.2 Policy - Effects on the Environment
By ensuring that network utilities are designed, sited, operated and maintained to address the potential adverse effects:
- On other network utilities;
- Of emissions of noise, light or hazardous substances;
- On the amenity of the surrounding environment, its landscape character and streetscape qualities;
- On the amenity values of sites, buildings, places or areas of heritage, cultural and archaeological value.
10A.3.3.3 Policy - Effects on Open Space
By avoiding the location of network utilities within the Open Space Zones where those activities would compromise the role, function and future development of that zone.
10A.3.4 Objective - Health and Safety of Community
The health and safety of the community is not adversely affected by the construction, operation and maintenance of network utilities.
10A.3.4.1 Policy - Health and Safety of Community
By ensuring network utilities, in particular those network utilities emitting radiofrequency fields or generating electric and magnetic fields, are designed, sited, operated and maintained to meet nationally recognised standards.
10A.3.5 Objective – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Generation
The efficient use of energy, and the use of energy from renewable energy sources is encouraged and promoted.
10A.3.5.1 Policy – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
By encouraging and promoting energy efficiency and, where appropriate, the development, connection to the National Grid or a distribution system, and use of renewable energy generation throughout the City.
10A.3.5.2 Policy – Adverse Effects of Renewable Energy Generation
By ensuring that any adverse effects on the environment of renewable energy generation activities, including its connection to the National Grid or a distribution system are avoided or mitigated.