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Tauranga City Plan

4B.1  Objectives and Policies for Transportation

Updated 2 December 2017

4B.1.1 Objective – Promoting an Integrated Transport Network

Subdivision, use and development of land facilitates and encourages the use of alternative modes of transport, in particular walking, cycling and public transport.

4B.1.1.1 Policy – Reduction of On-Site Parking

By considering the reduction of required on-site parking as an opportunity to facilitate alternative modes of transport, but only when having particular regard to:

  1. The off-site effect of the on-site shortfall does not adversely affect the primary function of the surrounding transport network;
  2. The proximity of existing public transport facilities to the proposed activity and how the activity proposes to encourage public transport patronage;
  3. The scope to provide additional bus stops as part of the public transport network that would offset the loss of on-site parking for the proposed activity or existing activities in the immediate vicinity;
  4. The provision of on-site bicycle parking and accompanying changing and shower facilities, proportional to the reduction of on-site parking;
  5. The extent of reduction that may be appropriate having regard to Appendix 4L– Parking Reduction Adjustment Factors;
  6. Provided on-site parking will meet anticipated demand.

4B.1.1.2 Policy – Encouraging Alternative Transport

By ensuring that land-use and subdivision activities that have significant transport implications or present an opportunity to facilitate alternative modes of transport are designed to provide for walking, cycling and public transport facilities that:

  1. Address any identified need for new facilities or networks;
  2. Enhance existing facilities or networks.

4B.1.2 Objective – Maintaining a Sustainable Transport Network

Transport-related effects of the subdivision, use and development of land do not compromise the integrated, safe, sustainable and efficient function of the transport network within the sub-region.

4B.1.2.1 Policy – Use of Land

Ensuring the pattern of subdivision, use and development of land occurs in a co-ordinated and comprehensive manner that optimises land availability whilst integrating with the transport network to maintain its safe and efficient function.

4B.1.2.2 Policy – Maintaining Road Function

By ensuring that traffic generation associated with the subdivision, use and development of land does not adversely affect the primary function of roads within the road hierarchy.

4B.1.2.3 Policy – Side Friction on Key Strategic Roads

By ensuring the continued efficient functioning of these key strategic roads:

  1. Totara Street;
  2. Hewletts Road;
  3. Cameron Road;
  4. Tara Road;
  5. Taurikura Drive;
  6. State Highway 2 (from Tamatea Arikinui Drive end to Wairoa Bridge);
  7. Motorways and expressways;

by avoiding the creation of additional vehicle access points associated with the subdivision, use and development of land.

4B.1.2.4 Policy – Access Visibility

By ensuring that visibility to or from vehicle access points and intersections is appropriate for the specified legal speed limit of that road.

4B.1.2.5 Policy – Access Location and Points of Service

By ensuring the location of vehicle entry and exit points and / or points of service maintain the safety of pedestrian and vehicle movements within the site and avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse effects on the safe and efficient operation of the transport network (including the function of roads as identified in the road hierarchy).

4B.1.3 Objective – Parking

Parking is provided that meets the demand of activities either on-site or in the vicinity to ensure that the safe, sustainable and efficient functioning of the adjoining transport network is maintained and that parking areas provide appropriate stormwater disposal.

4B.1.3.1 Policy – On-Site Parking Requirements

Ensuring that land use activities provide:

  1. A level of onsite vehicle parking that reflects anticipated demand;
  2. Bicycle parking that meets the requirements of Appendix 4C - Bicycle Parking Dimensions and Design Requirements, where bicycle parking is proposed to be provided;
  3. Parking and loading areas that are appropriately located and designed for their intended use;
  4. On-site parking and loading areas that are configured to provide for the practical and safe movement of vehicles on-site and off-site, and avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse effects on the safe and efficient operation of the transport network (including the function of roads as identified in the road hierarchy).

4B.1.3.2 Policy – On-Site Parking – Pedestrian Safety

By ensuring the safe and efficient movement of pedestrians is provided for within on-site parking, access and manoeuvring areas and at vehicle entry/exit points.

4B.1.3.3 Policy – City Centre Zone Parking

Providing flexibility for land use activities establishing within the City Centre Zone to provide on-site parking at a rate that will meet the actual requirements of the activity in recognition of:

  1. The availability and role of the public parking resource within the City Centre Zone;
  2. Access to and an anticipated higher reliance on alternative modes of transport;
    1. Opportunities for reciprocal on-site parking use where activities generate different peak demand.
    2. The interrelationship between the supply of car parks, private motor vehicle usage and the maintenance of a safe, sustainable and efficient transport network serving the City Centre.

4B.1.3.4 Policy – Parking Areas and Stormwater Disposal

Ensuring that where large impervious areas of parking are provided appropriate methods of stormwater disposal are incorporated into the design of the car park.

4B.1.4 Objective – Airport and Port Activities

Tauranga Airport and the Port of Tauranga provide appropriate levels of on-site parking and continue to have access to a safe and efficient transport network.

4B.1.4.1 Policy – Airport Flight Path Protection

By avoiding buildings and structures that would otherwise penetrate the Airport Height Areas and Approach Surfaces and be of such a height to compromise the safety of activities associated with flight operations.

4B.1.4.2 Policy – Parking Requirements for Port Activities

By enabling port activities to provide parking at a rate that meets operational demand.

4B.1.4.3 Policy – Airport and Port Activities and the Transport Network

By ensuring the subdivision, use and development of land does not compromise the safe and efficient functioning of roads within the transport network critical to the continued functioning of Tauranga Airport and the Port of Tauranga. 

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