Updated 9 September 2013
16A.5.1 Objective - Management of Special Character within the Greenbelt Zone
The Greenbelt Zone provides for additional protection for established stormwater management systems, areas identified for their natural character, ecological and heritage values, and cumulatively contributes to a green rural backdrop to, and separation between, the City’s urban and suburban areas.
16A.5.1.1 Policy - Application of Greenbelt Zoning
To provide for additional protection for stormwater management systems, areas with natural character, ecological and heritage values and green rural backdrop of the City, through:
- Applying a Greenbelt Zone to natural drainage, man-made drainage and stormwater management areas and natural resource areas;
- Identifying and applying a Greenbelt zoning to open space areas where the protection of green corridor links, natural character, ecological and/or heritage values is required;
- Making land in the Greenbelt Zone a public asset only where the land is acquired for public works, as in the case of designated stormwater works, or pedestrian or cycle links.
16A.5.1.2 Policy - Activities in the Greenbelt Zone
To ensure that use and development, including primary production activities, within the Greenbelt Zone are undertaken in a manner which has particular regard to:
- The ability of the Greenbelt Zone to effectively filter stormwater run-off from adjacent catchment areas and the avoidance of disruption to established stormwater management systems, including through providing for the maintenance of stormwater systems within the zone as a Permitted Activity;
- The retention, maintenance or enhancement of the general elements of rural character and amenity, such as separation distances between buildings, low density and low height of building, large scale vegetation, presence of wild life habitats (including aquatic habitats), open spaces and a predominance of natural edges;
- The maintenance or enhancement of natural character, ecological and heritage values;
- The maintenance of green corridor areas along the major gully systems leading to Tauranga Harbour and avoiding fragmentation of links and disruption to the existing green corridors;
- The maintenance of visual separation between developed areas;
- The potential for walkways and cycleway links within the Greenbelt Zone.
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