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Tauranga City Plan

Definitions - M

Updated 2 December 2017

main living area

A lounge, kitchen, dining room or family room identified by the applicant as the main living area of an independent dwelling unit.

mast

Any pole, tower or similar structure designed to carry aerials or antenna to facilitate telecommunications, radio communications and broadcasting and which is fixed to the ground (and not on a building or structure).

mean high water springs (MHWS)

The average line of spring high tide. MHWS is indicatively shown as the seaward boundary of the Plan Maps (Part B) and established generally as 1.0 metre above Moturiki Datum, augmented for practical purposes by natural and man made indicators such as the toe of cliffs, dunes and seawalls. 


Note: MHWS is shown indicatively on the Plan Maps (Part B) as a best estimate at the time of decisions issued on the Plan. Due to the dynamic nature of coastal processes the actual location of MHWS may change through time. Where a greater degree of accuracy is required the location of MHWS should be confirmed by survey. 


medium density

For the purpose of residential density means areas characterised by a mix of housing types including attached units, town houses and apartment buildings with a maximum density of 1 independent dwelling unit per 200m2 of gross site area.

mineral exploration

Has the same meaning as ‘exploration’ within the Crown Minerals Act 1991, which means any activity undertaken for the purpose of identifying mineral deposits or occurrences and evaluating the feasibility of mining particular deposits or occurrences of one or more minerals; and includes any drilling, dredging, or excavations (whether surface or sub-surface) that are reasonably necessary to determine the nature and size of a mineral deposit or occurrence

 mineral prospecting

Has the same meaning as ‘prospecting’ within the Crown Minerals Act 1991, which means any activity undertaken for the purpose of identifying land likely to contain exploitable mineral deposits or occurrences; and includes:
  1. Geological, geochemical, and geophysical surveys;
  2. The taking of samples by hand or hand held methods;
  3. Aerial surveys.

mining

Has the same meaning as contained in the Crown Minerals Act 1991 which means to take, win, or extract, by whatever means, a mineral existing in its natural state in land, or a chemical substance from that mineral, for the purpose of obtaining the mineral or chemical substance; but does not include prospecting or exploration; and to mine has a corresponding meaning. For the purpose of this City Plan, the mining activity includes the on-site processing of materials

minor pruning

Relates to any tree listed as a notable tree or heritage tree or a tree in a significant group of trees in the Plan and shall be deemed to be:

  1. The removal of broken branches, deadwood or diseased vegetation;
  2. The trimming and pruning of vegetation necessary to protect electrical lines required to meet the Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003;
  3. Removal of branches physically interfering with existing buildings or pedestrian and vehicle accessways, where such work is carried out in accordance with advice from a qualified arborist;
  4. The trimming and pruning of roots required as part of public pedestrian and vehicular remediation, where such work is carried out in accordance with advice from a qualified arborist; or
  5. Any pruning able to be carried out through the use of hand held secateurs only;
  6. Removal of branches no greater than 100mm in diameter for crown lifting purposes up to a maximum height of 2.4 metres above ground level where such work is carried out in accordance with advice from a qualified arborist.

minor public recreational facilities and activities

Means:

  1. Tree husbandry including replacement, removal/control of indigenous, exotic, noxious or nuisance plant species including weed control, tree and vegetation planting (including revegetation);
  2. Pedestrian and cycle track construction including pathways, bridging, boardwalks, walkways and steps;
  3. Animal control operations;
  4. Interpretive and directional signs;
  5. Park furniture including bollards, playgrounds and play equipment, gates, stiles, seating, memorials, picnic tables, barbeques, sculptures, artworks and interpretative and directional signs, shade-sails and viewing platforms;
  6. Public toilets, changing rooms, shelters and free standing showers;
  7. Public carparks and access roads;
  8. Gardens, landscaped and grassed areas;
  9. Beach grooming and cleaning operations;
  10. General maintenance of reserves and public open space areas.

for the use and enjoyment of the public.

minor structures and activities

In relation to the Coastal Hazard Erosion Plan Area, Special Ecological Areas, Open Space Zones, setbacks from the Coastal Marine Area, permanently flowing river or stream or wetland, and the High Voltage Transmission Plan Area means:

  1. Gardens, trees, paving areas and landscaped areas;
  2. Garden structures (including but not limited to fences, steps, pergolas, shade sails, barbeque areas, clotheslines, letterboxes);
  3. Decks less than 1m in height and 30m2 in area;
  4. Structures and buildings less than 10m2 in gross floor area (GFA) and do not require a building consent. 

minor structures and activities

In relation to the Flood Hazard Plan Area means:

  1. Paved and landscaped areas;
  2. Garden structures (including but not limited to fences, steps, pergolas, shade sails, barbeque areas, clotheslines, letterboxes);
  3. Decks less than 1m in height and 30m2 in area;
  4. Unenclosed carports;
  5. Structures and buildings less than 10m2 in gross floor area (GFA) and do not require a building consent;
  6. Cantilevered decks and verandahs, including support poles for decks and verandahs.

minor structures and activities

In relation to the significant archaeological areas means:

  1. Gardening activities
  2. Garden structures (including fences, steps, pergolas, paved areas, clothes lines or letter boxes);
  3. Support poles for decks;
  4. Tree planting;
  5. Interpretive and directional signage;
  6. Pedestrian and cycle tracks including pathways, boardwalks and steps;
  7. Park furniture including bollards, lighting poles, rubbish bins, playgrounds and play equipment, gates, stiles, seating, memorials, picnic tables, barbeques, sculptures, artworks or shade-sails. 

minor structures and activities

In relation to Significant Maori Areas means:

  1. Gardening activities
  2. Garden structures (including fences, steps, (cumulatively involving cuts less than 1.5 metres in height), pergolas, paved areas, clothes lines or letter boxes);
  3. Tree planting;
  4. Interpretive and directional signage.

minor upgrading (in relation to electric lines)

An increase in the carrying capacity, efficiency or security of electric lines (including transmission electric lines) utilising the existing support structures or structures of a similar scale, intensity and character, and includes:

  1. The addition of circuits and conductors;
  2. The reconducting of the line with higher capacity conductors;
  3. The resagging of conductors;
  4. The bonding of conductors;
  5. The addition of longer or more efficient insulators;
  6. The addition of earthwires which may contain telecommunication lines, earthpeaks and lightning rods;
  7. The addition of electrical fittings;
  8. Support structure replacement within the same location as the support structure that is to be replaced, including tower replacement within the existing alignment of the transmission line corridor as defined by Rule 10A.6.1 – Minor Upgrading of Above-Ground Electric Lines and Support Structures or pole replacement in adjacent footings;
  9. The replacement of existing cross-arms with cross-arms of an alternative design;
  10. An increase in support structure height required to comply with the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice 34:2001 by not more than 15% of the base height of the support structure, and where the base height is defined as the height of the structure at date of public notification of the Plan;
  11. The increase in voltage of electric lines from 11kV to 33kV.

Minor upgrading shall not include an increase in the voltage of a high voltage transmission line unless the line was originally constructed at the high voltage but has been operating at a reduced voltage. 

minor vegetation clearance

Means:

  1. the disturbance or clearance of indigenous vegetation/clearance of exotic vegetation amongst grazing pasture/horticultural crops to enable the continuation of primary production activities established at 17 October 2009;
  2. the clearance or disturbance of an agricultural or horticultural crop (including grazing pasture);
  3. the routine maintenance, including pruning of indigenous vegetation/exotic vegetation, to maintain the use of existing public and private roads, minor public recreational facilities and activities and the operation and maintenance of existing infrastructure and public amenities;
  4. the removal or disturbance of plant pest species (as listed in the Regional Pest Management Plan), including weed control;
  5. the disturbance or clearance of indigenous vegetation/clearance of exotic vegetation which was planted for harvesting.

mixed use

A single comprehensive development incorporating both residential and business activities.  

moturiki datum

The orthometric datum commonly used in this region. It is based upon mean sea level as established by the Lands and Survey department. All Council and Land Information New Zealand Benchmarks for the City are based on this datum. All reduced level (RL) and contour lines required under the Plan must be related to this datum. Mean Sea Level is a fixed datum, as opposed to the Mean Level of Sea which may vary due to environmental processes. 

multiple-owned Maori land

Land held in multiple ownership under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993. 

multi-unit residential development

Is for the purpose of Chapter 11 – Financial Contributions and means one or more dwelling units on a site over and above any existing dwelling unit, and includes two or more comprehensively planned and designed residential dwelling units, other residential activities or visitor accommodation units

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