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Tauranga City Plan

16A.3 Objectives and Policies of the Rural Zones

Updated 14 December 2018

16A.3.1 Objective – Sustainable Management of the Rural Land Resource

The City’s rural land resource provides for predominantly primary production activities, low density residential activity ancillary to those activities and papakainga development compatible with the maintenance and enhancement of an open, vegetated, rural character and amenity. 

16A.3.1.1 Policy – Sustainable Management of the Rural Land Resource

By ensuring rural development is undertaken in a sustainable, effective and efficient manner, that addresses potential adverse environmental impacts, through a distribution of rural zonings that: 

  1. Are consistent with the growth management policies of the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement;
  2. Retain the potential for the rural land resource to be used predominantly for a range of primary production activities;
  3. Provide opportunities for the development of papakainga on rural multiple-owned Maori land and within the Rural Marae Community Zone;
  4. Avoid potential adverse impacts of development on the open, vegetated rural character of the rural landscape.

16A.3.2 Objective - Interim Management and Use of Urban Growth Areas

Managing rural land identified in the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement as being required for a growth area in a manner which:

  1. Retains its interim potential to be used predominantly for a range of primary production activities;
  2. Preserves all options relating to its efficient and orderly development for urban purposes into the future.
  3. Provides for interim activities that enable the sustainable use and management of the rural land; and
  4. Ensure that land use activities avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse environmental effects on existing and planned infrastructure

16A.3.2.1 Policy – Interim Management and Use of Identified Growth Areas Excluding the Te Tumu Future Urban Zone 

By ensuring that all land identified in the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement as a future growth area:

  1. Remains as a rural land resource primarily available for primary production and that rural character and amenity is retained in the interim until urban development occurs;
  2. Is not fragmented through the establishment of residential activities, commercial or industrial activities that are unconnected with rural production, and that may constrain or compromise future urban development; 
  3. Is not released for urban development until a comprehensive rezoning and structure plan process is completed which provides a sustainable framework including provisions that;
    1. Specify how identified outstanding natural features and landscapes, important amenity landscapes, special ecological areas, significant maori areas and significant archaeological areas values and attributes will be refined in relation to urban development; and
    2. Provide for the efficient use and development of infrastructure and financial resources.
    3. Have been completed in a manner consistent with the provisions of the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement and the outcomes adopted in the Plan;
  4. Is able to be sustainably managed in the interim prior to structure planning and comprehensive rezoning for urban purposes; and
  5. Is managed in the interim to avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse effects including any cumulative effects on existing or planned infrastructure including the ability of infrastructure providers to sustainably provide and fund infrastructure

16A.3.2.2 Policy - Interim Management and Use of Te Tumu Future Urban Zone

By ensuring that land within the Te Tumu Future Urban Zone:

  1. Does not unduly constrain or fragment future urban development options through the establishment of residential activities, commercial or industrial activities;
  2. Recognises that a structure planning and comprehensive rezoning process is required in accordance with the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement prior to the area being released for urban development; 
  3. Recognises the values and attributes of outstanding natural features and landscapes, important amenity landscapes, special ecological areas, significant maori areas and significant archaeological areas as provided for in the Plan;
  4. Has regard to the likely urban land use, subdivision and development pattern in the Wairakei Town Centre Zone and Papamoa East Employment Zone westward of the Wairakei/Te Tumu common boundary;
  5. Provides for sustainable management of resources in the interim prior to structure planning and comprehensive rezoning for urban purposes; 
  6. Is managed in the interim to avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse effects, including cumulative effects, on existing or planned infrastructure including the ability of infrastructure providers to sustainably provide and fund infrastructure

16A.3.3 Objective - Maintenance of Rural Character and Amenity

A rural backdrop to the City’s urban areas characterised by a low density of buildings and development; a predominance of primary production activities and open space and vegetative cover.

16A.3.3.1 Policy - Maintenance of Rural Character and Amenity

To ensure the rural character of the Rural Zones will be maintained by:

  1. Identifying, through zoning, a less intensive development pattern than in Rural Residential Zone and Residential Zones;
  2. Ensuring buildings and activities on site are of a scale and character compatible with existing and anticipated rural character and amenity of the zone in which the development is proposed;
  3. By ensuring that potential adverse impacts on natural character, indigenous vegetation and ecological resources within Rural Zones are fully addressed as part of any consent process; 
  4. By ensuring that potential adverse visual impacts of development and activities on the maintenance of rural character and amenity, particularly in areas identified as outstanding natural features and landscapes and important amenity landscapes, are fully addressed as part of any consent process.
  5. Managing land use in the Te Tumu Future Urban Zone in a similar manner as other Rural Zones but recognizing that rural character and amenity will change as land use takes place consistent with 16A.3.2.2 Policy – Interim Management and Use of Te Tumu Future Urban Zone.

16A.3.4 Objective – Activities in the Rural Zones

Primary production remains the predominant activity in the Rural Zones while providing flexibility for the operation of home-based businesses; a limited range of rural service activities and a limited range of community support services subject to their compatibility with the amenity and character of the Rural Zones, which is defined by specific provisions. 

16A.3.4.1 Policy – Activities in the Rural Zones

Providing for a variety of primary production activities as the predominant activity in the Rural Zones in a way compatible with existing and anticipated rural character, amenity and environmental characteristics of the individual zones while: 

  1. Providing for ancillary residential activity and papakainga, in a way that does not restrict primary production on the balance of the site or on surrounding sites;
  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 character and amenity and the transport network;
  3. In the Rural Zone and Future Urban Zone only providing for rural contractors’ depots; animal saleyards; small scale coolstores and packhouses that provide support services to primary production activities within the Rural Zones and are compatible with anticipated rural character and amenity in terms of:
    1. The location and scale of the activity, including the attraction of visitors to the site and hours of operation;
    2. The nature of the activity’s actual and potential adverse effects on surrounding properties, rural character, amenity and the transport network
  4. Providing for a limited range of community support activities, being smaller scale tertiary education premisesschools; health centres and places of worship that provide community support functions for residents within the Rural Zones and are compatible with anticipated rural character and amenity in terms of:
    1. The location and scale of the activity, including the attraction of visitors to the site and hours of operation;
    2. The nature of the activity’s actual and potential adverse effects on surrounding properties, rural character, amenity and the transport network
  5. Limiting the establishment of activities in Rural Zones that are expected to be located in Commercial or Industrial Zones to ensure:
    1. Non-rural land use and development does not compromise the purpose of the Rural Zones, or impact on primary production activities through establishment of activities unrelated to rural activities;
    2. Avoidance of a cumulative effect on the rural character and amenity of the relevant rural zone;
    3. Maintenance of the integrity of the network of commercial centres, with regard to the objectives and policies for commercial development. 

16A.3.5 Objective - Management of Potential Reverse Sensitivity Conflicts

To keep to a minimum potential reverse sensitivity conflicts between primary production activities and rural residential activity or residential activity in terms of adverse effects on amenities, public health or general nuisances. 

16A.3.5.1 Policy - Management of Potential Reverse Sensitivity Conflicts

To reduce the potential for reverse sensitivity conflicts:

  1. By ensuring a physical separation between; pig farming, factory farming and residential activities and other sensitive activities such as schools, and between forestry and dwellings, road boundaries and zone boundaries;
  2. Recognising voluntary, industry-based codes relating to the management and application of chemical sprays; including NZS8409:2004 Management of Agrichemicals;
  3. By restricting residential activity in the Rural Zones in accordance with 16A.4.3 - Objective - Density of Development in the Rural, Future Urban and Greenbelt Zones and its related policies;
  4. Utilising sections 16 and 17 of the RMA to act upon localised nuisances, including offensive discharges from rural activities, and nuisances caused by poor management practices. 

16A.3.6 Objective – Mining

Mining is undertaken in a manner that addresses potential adverse impacts on the maintenance of rural character and amenity, including the underlying land form, on primary production, sensitive uses such as residential activity and on the area’s ecosystems.

16A.3.6.1 Policy - Mining

By ensuring mining operations do not adversely impact on Rural Zones through giving consideration to:

  1. The proposed scale, intensity and duration of the operation;
  2. Effects on the existing character and intrinsic values of the locality and amenity and ecosystems values, and methods proposed to mitigate these;
  3. Effects on land forms or landscapes;
  4. Whether the proposal will have an adverse effect on sensitive activities including primary production in the vicinity of the site and mitigation methods proposed;
  5. Site rehabilitation proposed at the conclusion of the operation;
  6. The process that should apply if emergency works are required. 

 

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