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4B.4  Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules

Updated 11 September 2018

The following are Restricted Discretionary Activities:

  1. Any activity that does not comply with Rule 4B.2 – Permitted Activity Rules;
  2. Any activity, excluding those within the City Centre Zone or the Coast Commercial Plan Area, that provides more than 25 on-site carparks as calculated in accordance with Rule 4B.2.3 - On-Site Parking Requirements – General. This rule does not apply to any activities in the Tauriko Business Estate, Wairakei  Neighbourhood Centre Zone, Papamoa East Employment Zone, Comprehensively Designed Development within the Wairakei Residential Zone Medium Rise Plan Area and Wairakei Town Centre (Core and Fringe) or the Seventeenth Avenue Commercial Areas shown on Appendix 4Q: Seventeenth Avenue Commercial Areas;
  3. Any Activity within the City Centre Zone that increases the use of an existing vehicle access (or accesses) from or onto the strategic road network. This Rule does not apply to the use of existing service lanes;
  4. Any Activity, other than those activities listed in Rule 4B.6 - Non-Complying Activities, that creates a new vehicle access (or accesses) onto the strategic road network. This Rule does not apply to lots on Taurikura Drive not covered by Rule 18A.14.3.2 Traffic Management, Safety and Convenience;
  5. Retail dispensing of fuel, activities that include a drive through point of service or child care facilities that create and/or form an additional access or accesses, or vehicle crossings, or utilise existing vehicle crossings onto the strategic road network, other than where listed in Rule 4B.6 - Non-Complying Activities;
  6. Any activity within the Seventeenth Avenue Commercial Areas, excluding temporary activities, where the existing traffic volumes (Veh/hr Peak) together with the traffic volumes (Veh/hr Peak) predicted for any proposed activities (including unimplemented consents) will exceed 1150 Veh/hr Peak at the "point of measurement" shown on Appendix 4Q: Seventeenth Avenue Commercial Area;
  7. Any activity or activities within the Coast Commercial Plan Area that causes the total number of carparks within that Commercial Plan Area to exceed 25 (as calculated in accordance with Rule 4B.2.3 On-Site Parking Requirements - General).

4B.4.1 Restricted Discretionary Activity - Standards and Terms


Note: Any activity described as a Restricted Discretionary Activity that does not comply with a Restricted Discretionary Standard and Term shall be considered a Discretionary Activity.


4B.4.1.1 Provision of More than 25 Carparks

Where more than 25 on-site carparks are provided on-site, with the exception of sites within the City Centre Zone, an Integrated Transport Assessment relevant to the scale of the proposal shall be submitted with an application for resource consent in accordance with Appendix 4K – Integrated Transport Assessment Information Requirements.

4B.4.1.2 Additional Use of Existing Vehicle Access onto the Strategic Road Network - City Centre Zone

For any Restricted Discretionary Activity under Rule 4B.4 c) - Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules a qualified transportation engineer shall prepare an assessment of the effects of the proposed activity on the safe and efficient function and operation of the strategic road network.

4B.4.1.3 Restricted Discretionary Activity - Standards and Terms - Seventeenth Avenue Commercial Areas

  1.  For any Restricted Discretionary Activity under Rule 4B.4 f) - Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules, a qualified transportation engineer shall prepare an assessment of the Seventeenth Avenue/Cameron Road intersection having regard to:
    1. The safe and efficient function and operation of the transport network
    2. Existing and predicted vehicle trip generation and trip type;
    3. Capacity of the transport network to accommodate the development; 
    4. Operational and construction effects (including cumulative effects);
    5. Staging of the development; 
    6. The matters outlined in 4B.1.2 – Objective - Maintaining a Sustainable Transport Network and 4B.1.2.1 – Policy - Use of Land through 4B.1.2.5 – Policy - Access Location and Points of Service
    7. Measures to mitigate adverse traffic effects (including cumulative effects) on the intersection.

4B.4.1.4 Restricted Discretionary Activity - Standards and Terms - Coast Commercial Plan Area - Provision of more that 25 Carparks

  1. For any Restricted Discretionary Activity under Rule 4B.4.g) – Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules, an Integrated Transport Assessment relevant to the scale of the proposal shall be submitted with an application for resource consent in accordance with Appendix 4K – Integrated Traffic Assessment Information Requirements.

4B.4.2 Restricted Discretionary Activity - Matters of Discretion and Conditions

4B.4.2.1 On-site Parking – General

In considering activities that do not comply with Rule 4B.2.3 – On-site Parking Requirements – General the Council restricts the exercise of its discretion to the matters outlined in Policy 4B.1.1.1 – Reduction of On-Site Parking.

4B.4.2.2 On-site Parking Design

In considering activities that do not comply with Rule 4B.2.4 – On-site Parking Design, Rule 4B.2.5 – On-Site Manoeuvring or Rule 4B.2.6 – Vehicle Loading Requirements the Council restricts the exercise of its discretion to the matters outlined in:

  1.  4B.1.3.1 – Policy - On-Site Parking Requirements;
  2.  4B.1.3.2 – Policy - On-Site Parking - Pedestrian Safety.

4B.4.2.3 Access Design and Location and Points of Service

In considering activities that do not comply with Rule 4B.2.7 – Site Access and Vehicle Crossings and Rule 4B.2.8 – Points of Service for Developments with Direct Access onto the Strategic Road Network the Council restricts the exercise of its discretion to the matters outlined in:

  1.  4B.1.2.4 – Policy - Access Visibility;
  2.  4B.1.2.5 – Policy - Access Location and Points of Service.

4B.4.2.4 Provision of More than 25 Carparks

In considering activities under Rule 4B.4.1.1 – Provision of More than 25 Carparks the Council restricts the exercise of it its discretion to:

  1. The matters outlined in Appendix 4K – Integrated Transport Assessment Information Requirements;
  2. Any recommendations of the Integrated Transport Assessment;
  3. The effects from the proposal on the safe and efficient operation of the transport network (including the function of roads as identified in the road hierarchy) and measures to avoid, remedy or mitigate those adverse effects
  4. Considering whether reductions in parking requirements are appropriate having regard to Appendix 4L – Parking Reduction Adjustment Factors;
  5. Methods of stormwater disposal where 25 or more carparks are proposed to be provided on-site

4B.4.2.5 Restricted Discretionary Activity - Matters of Discretion Seventeenth Avenue Commercial Area

In considering Restricted Discretionary Activities under Rule 4B.4 f) - Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules the Council restricts the exercise of its discretion to:

  1. The effects (including cumulative effects) on the safe and efficient operation of the transport network (including the function of roads as identified in the road hierarchy) and measures to avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse effects;
  2. The matters of discretion under Rule 4B.4.2 Restricted Discretionary Activity – Matters of Discretion and Conditions;
  3. The effects on the transport network, including cumulative effects, network capacity, and the measures to avoid, remedy or mitigate these, and any recommendations resulting from an assessment prepared by a qualified transportation engineer;
  4. The matters addressed in 4B.1.2 - Objective - Maintaining a Sustainable Transport Network, and in 4B.1.2.1 – Policy - Use of Land through 4B.1.2.5 – Policy - Access Location and Points of Service.

4B.4.2.6 Additional Use of Existing Vehicle Access onto the Strategic Road Network - City Centre Zone

For any Restricted Discretionary Activity under Rule 4B.4 c) – Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules, the Council restricts its discretion to:

  1. The safe and efficient function and operation of the transport network (including the strategic road network);
  2. The matters of discretion under Rule 4B.4.2 Restricted Discretionary Activity – Matters of Discretion and Conditions;
  3. The effects on the transport network and the measures to avoid, remedy of mitigate these, including any recommendations resulting from an assessment of effects prepared by a qualified transportation engineer.

4B.4.2.7 Coast Commercial Plan Area - Provision of More than 25 Carparks

In considering activities under Rule 4B.4.1.4 Coast Commercial Plan Area - Provision of more than 25 Carparks the Council restricts the exercise of its discretion to:

  1. The matters outlined in Appendix 4K – Integrated Transport Assessment Information Requirements;
  2. Any recommendations of the Integrated Transport Assessment;
  3. The effects from the proposal on the safe and efficient operation of the transport network (including the function of roads as identified in the road hierarchy) and measures to avoid, remedy or mitigate those adverse effects;
  4. Considering whether reductions in parking requirements are appropriate having regard to Appendix 4L – Parking Reduction Adjustment Factors;

4B.4.2.8 Non-Notification for Coast Commercial Plan Area – Provision of More than 25 Carparks

Any application for a resource consent made under Rule 4B.4 g) - Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules shall not be notified, or served on affected persons.


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