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Tauranga City Plan

15A.1 Objectives and Policies of the Rural Residential Zone

Updated 14 December 2018

15A.1.1 Objective – Rural Residential Living Opportunities

Rural residential living opportunities are provided within the City in identified areas which are not suitable for urban development; are of limited productive capability, or inefficient to service to urban standards. In the Tara Road Urban Growth Plan Area rural residential subdivision and development avoids the potential for incompatibilities (including reverse sensitivity effects) between activities within the Rural Residential Zone and between the Rural Residential Zone and its surrounding environment.

15A.1.1.1 Policy – Rural Residential Living Opportunities

By providing for rural residential living opportunities as part of the range of residential options available within the City through:

  1. Zoning for rural residential appropriate areas that:
    1. Do not contain highly productive or versatile land;
    2. Are not suitable for conventional urban or suburban development and adjoin Rural zoned areas;
  2. Recognising the inefficiencies of servicing such areas through requiring rural residential development to provide for its own wastewater and stormwater disposal needs on-site;
  3. Recognising that rural residential sites are well provided with on-site open space for recreation and leisure opportunities through not requiring dedicated on-site outdoor living areas, or providing for the provision of neighbourhood reserves within the Rural Residential Zone;
  4. Recognising in the Tara Road Urban Growth Plan Area that rural residential subdivision and development should be designed, located and constructed in a way that avoids adverse geotechnical, reverse sensitivity, and stormwater effects on the Tauranga Eastern Link and Tara Road.

15A.1.2 Objective - Bulk and Scale of Buildings in the Rural Residential Zone

Buildings that are of a bulk and scale compatible with the existing and anticipated rural residential character and amenity of the Rural Residential Zone.

15A.1.2.1 Policy – Bulk and Scale of Buildings in the Rural Residential Zone – Height and Overshadowing

By ensuring buildings are restricted to a height and building envelope that:

  1. Provides flexibility for a range of building forms in the varied topographical conditions of the Rural Residential Zone;
  2. Avoids the potential adverse impacts of over height buildings on surrounding properties, particularly on dwellings, and on public open space including the streetscape or skyline, through overshadowing, overlooking or visual dominance of buildings;
  3. Avoid the potential adverse impacts of overshadowing on surrounding properties, particularly on dwellings. 

15A.1.3 Objective – Site Layout and Building Design in the Rural Residential Zone

Development of sites and buildings within the Rural Residential Zone are characterised by large areas of onsite open space, separation from buildings on adjoining sites and generous setbacks from roads. Buildings do not dominate the rural residential outlook, character and amenity of the Rural Residential Zone. 

15A.1.3.1 Policy - Site Layout and Building Design in the Rural Residential Zone

By ensuring that the layout and design of development within the Rural Residential Zone:

  1. Provides building setbacks that ensure a physical separation of buildings between sites, and contributes to the visual and aural privacy of adjoining sites;
  2. Ensures that buildings are setback from the road boundary with a streetscape that provides opportunities for landscape planting and ensures that buildings do not visually dominate the rural residential outlook of adjacent properties or public open space;
  3. Retains the majority of the site as open space, retains opportunities for planting and primary production activities on the site and cumulatively contributes to the overall open nature, rural residential landscape character and outlook of surrounding properties and the wider zone.
  4. Ensures development is appropriately set back from areas of natural character or land within the Conservation Zone sufficient to preserve the amenity, character and intrinsic natural values of those areas. 

15A.1.4 Objective - Density of Development in the Rural Residential Zone

A very low density residential environment, at the interface between the Suburban Residential Zone and Rural Zones, characterised by single dwellings on a site and large areas of on-site open space in vegetation or used for primary production activities.

15A.1.4.1 Policy - Development Density – Rural Residential Zone

By providing for residential densities that are significantly lower than those in the Suburban Residential Zone to ensure a less intensive development pattern.

15A.1.5 Objective - Activities in the Rural Residential Zone

Low density residential activities are the predominant activity in the Rural Residential Zone, but with flexibility for small scale home-based business and homestays, and a limited range of community support services (subject to their compatibility with the amenity of the Rural Residential Zone which is defined by specific provisions). Primary production activities compatible with rural residential use continue. 

15A.1.5.1 Policy - Activities in the Rural Residential Zone

By providing for very low density residential activity as the predominant activity in the Rural Residential Zone while:

  1. Providing for the integrated development of secondary independent dwelling units while ensuring such development is compatible with the amenity and character of the Rural Residential Zone;
  2. Providing for small scale home-based businesses, including homestays, that are of an ancillary and secondary nature to the residential activity on the site and do not create off-site effects on surrounding properties, rural residential character and amenity, and the transport network
  3. Providing for a limited range of community support activities, being smaller scale tertiary education premises; schools; health centres and places of worship that provide community support functions for residents within the Rural Residential Zone and are compatible with existing anticipated rural residential character and amenity in terms of:
    1. Location and scale of the activity, including the attraction of visitors to the site, and hours of operation of the activity;
    2. The nature of the activity’s actual and potential adverse effects on surrounding properties, rural residential character, amenity and the transport network;
    3. Primary production activities compatible with rural residential activity continue through:
    4. Limiting the types of primary production able to be undertaken in the Rural Residential Zone to those activities unlikely to have adverse effects on rural residential character and amenity;
    5. Ensuring that sites within the Rural Residential Zone are of a size to provide for separation between incompatible activities;
    6. Recognising voluntary, industry-based codes relating to the management and application of chemical sprays;
    7. Using sections 16 and 17 of the RMA to act upon localised nuisances including offensive discharges from primary production activities and nuisances caused by poor management practices;
  4. Limiting the establishment of non-residential activities in the Rural Residential Zone that are expected to be located in the Commercial Zones to ensure:
    1. Avoidance of a cumulative effect on the rural residential character and amenity of the Rural Residential Zone;
    2. Maintenance of the integrity of the network of commercial centres, with regard to the objectives and policies for commercial development; 
  5. Limiting the establishment of non-residential activities in the Rural Residential Zone that are expected to be located in the Industrial Zones to ensure:
    1. Avoidance of potential adverse effects, including cumulative effects, on the rural residential character and amenity of the Rural Residential Zone. 

15A.1.6 Objective – Scheduled Sites in the Rural Residential Zones

The effects of the development of specific Scheduled Sites on the surrounding environment have been mitigated. 

15A.1.6.1 Policy – Scheduled Sites in the Rural Residential Zone

  1. By ensuring that any land use activity within the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site is carried out in a manner that:
    1. Mitigates adverse effects on landscape character and amenity effects on the surrounding environment, with particular regard to be given to the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site’s predevelopment rural landscape character, in terms of:
      1. The interface of the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site with adjoining the Rural Zone and Rural Residential Zone and Open Space Zones and along the northern and southern escarpments within the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site. In this location, the identified mitigation option is landscape planting; and
      2. Visual connectivity across the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site to the Wairoa River, as viewed from the top of the northern escarpment and from Moffat Road. In this location the identified mitigation option is an open landscaped corridor/stormwater swale system;
    2. Avoids, remedies or mitigates potential adverse effects associated with the geotechnical constraints and natural hazards within the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site and on adjoining escarpments;
    3. Recognises the limitations of Council’s existing infrastructural capacity;
    4. Avoids, remedies or mitigates adverse effects on the function, and safe and efficient operation of the transport network, with particular regard to the State Highway 2/Te Paeroa Road roundabout.

 

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