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Tauranga City Plan

Definitions - C

Updated 11 September 2018


A box-shaped structure which houses radio and telecommunication equipment, electrical equipment, equipment associated with the continued operation of network utilities and includes single transformers and associated switching gear distributing electricity at a voltage up to, and including 110kV. 

camping grounds

Any area of land used for the purposes of placing or erecting temporary living-places for occupation by 2 or more families or parties (whether consisting of 1 or more persons) living independently of each other, whether or not such families or parties enjoy the use in common of entrances, water-supplies, cookhouses, sanitary fixtures, or other premises and equipment, and includes the following:

The erection, construction, operation, maintenance and enhancement of the following activities:

  1. Tent and powered sites for campers and caravans; 
  2. Kitset awnings and mobile annexes; 
  3. Kitchen, Lounge and Dining buildings
  4. Laundry buildings
  5. Ablution blocks and changing rooms;
  6. Managers accommodation; 
  7. Holiday units; 
  8. Carparking and internal vehicle and accessways; 
  9. Associated campground and holiday park furniture including playground and play equipment, seating, picnic tables, barbeques and shade-sails; 
  10. Administration buildings.

chartered professional engineer (CPE)

A person who meets the requirements listed in the Chartered Professional Engineers of New Zealand Act 2002 or any superseding legislation. The Chartered Professional Engineer (CPE) shall be experienced in the analysis and design of structures and shall have experience in designing modular-type structures


The supervision of children for financial gain, not meeting the definition of home based childcare

the City

For the purposes of the Plan, the area within the jurisdiction of the Council under the provisions of the Local Government Act (2002).

city-wide infrastructure

The bulk services (network infrastructure), reserve land or community infrastructure provided for the development of the City as a whole, either as additional assets or by increasing the capacity of existing assets required as a result of demand from growth-related development, and which are not specifically provided by a development as part of local infrastructure. City-wide infrastructure may include projects that individually do not provide for growth across the whole City, but as a network do provide for growth across the whole city in circumstances where Council has adopted this approach.

 city-wide infrastructure contribution

A financial contribution for city-wide infrastructure paid as a condition of a resource consent or permitted activity in accordance with Chapter 11 - Financial Contributions.


Natural material such as clay, soil and rock and other inert material such as concrete or brick that are free of:

  1. combustible or putrescent components (including green waste) apart from by 10% per volume untreated timber in each load; 
  2. hazardous substances or materials (such as municipal waste) likely to create leachate by means of biological or chemical breakdown; and 
  3. any products or material derived from hazardous waste treatment, stabilisation or disposal processes. 

clearance of indigenous vegetation/clearance of exotic vegetation

Means the removal, clearance, destruction, and crushing of all forms of indigenous vegetation/exotic vegetation and scrub, tree, and groundcover indigenous vegetation/exotic vegetation. 


Means buildings which are set aside for the use, convenience and enjoyment of recreational or community organisations and includes the use of the building for entertainment, recreation or leisure, whether licensed or unlicensed. 

coastal beach environment

The sand dunes, coastal vegetation and beaches along Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui and the Papamoa Open Coast and includes properties:

  1. Adjoining the Mall; 
  2. Adjoining Marine Parade; 
  3. Seaward of Oceanbeach Road, Sunbrae Grove, Maranui Street (east of Sunbrae Grove) and Papamoa Beach Road.

coastal environment

Includes the coastal marine area (harbour and open coast), the land margins of the coastal marine area, the water, plants, animals, and the atmosphere above it; and all tidal waters and foreshore whether above or below mean high water springs, dunes, beaches, areas of coastal vegetation and coastal associated animals, areas subject to coastal erosion or flooding, salt marshes, sea cliffs and coastal wetlands, including estuaries. 

coastal hazard erosion plan area (CHEPA)

The land that comprises the Current Erosion Risk Zone (CERZ), the 50 year Erosion Risk Zone (50 year ERZ) and the 100 year Erosion Risk Zone (100 year ERZ), being that area located between mean high water springs (MWHS) and the landward extent of the 100-year ERZ boundary between Mauao and the western boundary of Te Tumu Kaituna 14 Block identified on Plan Maps (Part B). 

coastal marine area (CMA)

Has the same meaning as contained in the Resource Management Act 1991 which means the foreshore, seabed, and coastal water, and the air space above the water –  
  1. Of which the seaward boundary is the outer limits of the territorial sea; 
  2. Of which the landward boundary is the line of mean high water springs, except that where that line crosses a river, the landward boundary at that point shall be whichever is the lesser of: 
    1. One kilometre upstream from the mouth of the river; or 
    2. The point upstream that is calculated by multiplying the width of the river mouth by 5.

Note: The boundary of the coastal marine area (CMA) in relation to rivers is defined in relation to river mouths. In the Bay of Plenty Region, the river mouths have been defined by agreement between the Minister of Conservation, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, and the appropriate City and District Councils, in accordance with section 2(1) of the RMA. 

coastal processes engineer

A person who is a Chartered Professional Engineer who possesses expertise and qualifications in coastal geomorphology processes or coastal science. The Coastal Processes Engineer is required to be knowledgeable of the relevant coastal processes and hazards affecting the coastline to evaluate the impact of the coastal processes on any proposed development, including potential climate change effects. 

coastal protection plan area

The area that encompasses the undeveloped open coastline of Papamoa East (the western boundary of Te Tumu Kaituna 14 Block to the Kaituna River mouth) that is likely to be at risk from coastal erosion or inundation within 100 years. The hazard line adopted for this area is 74 metres from the toe of the foredune.

commercial centres

The consolidation of retail and other business development within a network of these business areas that includes the following components:

  1. City Centre – the area of the City forming the principal business, civic, cultural and entertainment centre of both the City and Western Bay of Plenty sub-region; 
  2. Sub-Regional Centres – consolidation of comparatively large total floorspace servicing a sub-regional population and providing multi-purpose, mixed retail, business, employment and entertainment opportunities;  
  3. Town Centres – consolidated areas providing a wide range of business opportunities including convenience retail, comparison shopping, entertainment, civic and cultural uses, and located to service a significant local population and generally provide pedestrian orientated main street development; 
  4. Large Format Centres – mixed commercial business areas that service population principally by travel from motor vehicle and are characterized by large floorspace retail tenancies. For the purpose of the Plan these large format centres are comparatively smaller than a sub-regional centre;
  5. Neighbourhood Centres – areas providing opportunities for business, civic, cultural and entertainment uses to service a local neighbourhood; 
  6. Local Centres – areas providing a comparatively small cluster of convenience retail and other business opportunities to service a local community.

commercial zones

The Commercial Zone, Wairakei Neighbourhood Centre Zone, Wairakei Town Centre Zone (Core and Fringe), Tauriko Commercial Zone, and City Centre Zone.

community facilities

Means land, buildings and structures:

  1. utilised for activities such as community use, deliberation, entertainment, recreation or leisure undertaken for purposes other than principally for commercial gain; or 
  2. operated by the Council as publicly funded (partially or wholly), run or owned activities.

Community facilities includes:

  1. Citizens advice bureaus;
  2. Council administration offices;
  3. Libraries, museums and art galleries;
  4. Legal aid offices;
  5. Plunket rooms and rooms where information, counselling advice or similar assistance conducive to welfare is provided;
  6. Public recreational facilities and activities/minor public recreational facilities and activities;
  7. Clubrooms;
  8. Community halls, community centres, community services, community theatres, community meeting rooms and community support centres (including those owned and managed by Council Controlled Organisations);
  9. Societal lodges;
  10. Public swimming pools (including those managed as Council Controlled Organisations);
  11. Places of worship;
  12. Ancillary fund-raising activities to community facilities, provided they are temporary.

community garden

An area of land cultivated collectively by a group of people for primary production, and not for commercial gain.

community infrastructure

Has the same meaning as defined in section 197 of the Local Government Act 2002.

community organisations

Is for the purpose of Chapter 11 – Financial Contributions and means the use of land or buildings for activities where people congregate on an organised basis for community activities such as recreation, worship or culture. This is limited to religious facilities, not-for-profit sports and social clubs, marae, museums, art galleries, libraries, community centres and community halls.

comprehensive development consent (Wairakei Urban Growth Area)

Means a resource consent for development and buildings for specific land use activities and subdivision within the Wairakei Urban Growth Area and any variation of that consent required where a proposed development is not covered by an existing consent. 

comprehensive stormwater consent

Means a consent issued by Bay of Plenty Regional Council for a defined catchment that authorises a territorial authority to manage most stormwater related activities including capital works and discharges subject to consent conditions and an approved catchment management plan.

  1. For the Wairakei Urban Growth Area:
    1. The stormwater discharges from the Papamoa Catchment are to the Wairakei Stream Corridor. The extent of the Papamoa Catchment Area is shown on the Appendix 12H - General Location of Emergency Overland Flowpaths - Wairakei.
    2. The stormwater discharges from the Bell Road Catchment areas are to the Bell Road Drain via stormwater ponds.

comprehensively designed development (City Living Zone)

Comprehensively planned and designed land use development of a site where the land use consent and subdivision consent are either submitted concurrently or the subdivision consent follows and implements the land use consent, and where all the design elements required to be considered in subdivision and land use rules of the Plan are considered in a comprehensive manner.

comprehensively designed development (Suburban Residential Zone - urban growth areas and Papamoa Medium Rise Plan Area)

For the purpose of development in the urban growth areas of Pyes Pa West, Hastings Road, Kennedy Road and North West Bethlehem identified in the Section 6 (Plan Maps, Part B) (Urban Growth Plans) and in the Papamoa Medium Rise Plan Area means the development of sites identified in the initial subdivision of the site and surrounds for comparatively higher density where the development of more than one dwelling is planned, designed and then assessed through land use consent process or an Outline Development Plan. In such circumstances land and subdivision consent are either submitted concurrently or the subdivision consent may follow and reflect the land use consent providing for all the design elements required to be considered in the subdivision and land use rules of the Plan to be considered in a comprehensive manner.

comprehensively designed development (Suburban Residential Zone - outside of urban growth areas)

For the purposes of development outside of the urban growth areas means the development of land for comparatively higher residential density where the development of more than one dwelling is planned, designed and then assessed through the land use consent or subdivision process with all the design elements required to be considered in the subdivision and land uses rules of the Plan considered in a comprehensive manner.

comprehensively designed development in the Wairakei Residential Zone Medium Rise Plan Area

For the purpose of development within the Wairakei Urban Growth Area means development of land for comparatively higher residential density where the development of more than one dwelling is planned, designed and then assessed through the land use consent and subdivision consent concurrently or the subdivision consent follows and implements the land use consent, where all the design elements required to be considered in subdivision and land use rules are considered in a comprehensive manner.

consent notice

Means a notice issued under section 221 of the Resource Management Act 1991.


Any work in connection with the construction, installation, carrying out, repair, cleaning, painting, renewal, alteration, dismantling or demolition of:

  1. Any building, structure, wall, fence or chimney, whether constructed wholly or partly above or below ground; 
  2. Any road, motorway, harbour or foreshore works, railway, cableway, tramway, canal, or aerodrome; 
  3. Any drainage, irrigation, or river control work;
  4. Any bridge, viaduct, dam, reservoir, earthworks, pipeline, aqueduct, culvert, drive, shaft, tunnel or reclamation; 
  5. Any scaffolding or falsework.

contaminated land

Has the same meaning as in the Resource Management Act 1991 which means land that has a hazardous substance in or on it that:

  1. Has significant adverse effects on the environment; or
  2. Is reasonably likely to have significant adverse effects on the environment.

For sites on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Selected Land Use Register, limited to that part of a site(s) that is identified as being contaminated and is registered as:Contamination Confirmed; Contaminated land does not include land identified on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Selected Land Use Register as:

  1. Contamination Managed or Contamination Acceptable/Remediated, unless the contamination levels are not acceptable for the proposed land use; and/or where the development is proposed that may compromise the integrity of any methods or procedures to control access and contact to the contaminant;
  2. Verified Site History;
  3. Unverified Site History;
  4. No Identified Contamination;
  5. Entered into Database in Error.  


Means a refrigerated storeroom for perishable horticultural produce.


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