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  5. 4-General Rules
  6. 5-Natural Environment
  7. 6-Natural Features & Landscapes
  8. 7-Heritage
  9. 8-Natural Hazards
  10. 9-Hazardous Substances & Contaminated Land
  11. 10-Network Utilities & Designations
  12. 11-Financial Contributions
  13. 12-Subdivision Services & Infrastructure
    1. 12A-Purpose: Subdivision
    2. 12B-Subdivision in Residential Zones
    3. 12C-Subdivision in the Rural Residential Zone
    4. 12D-Subdivision in the Rural Zones
    5. 12E-Subdivision in Commercial & Industrial Zones
    6. 12F-Subdivision: Marae, Papakainga & Matapihi
    7. 12G-Purpose: Service & Infrastructure
  14. 13-Open Space
  15. 14-Residential Zones
  16. 15-Rural Residential Zone
  17. 16-Rural Zones
  18. 17-Commercial Zones
  19. 18-Industrial Zones
  20. 19-Education Centre Zones
  21. 20-Special Use Zone-Baypark
  22. Part B Maps
Tauranga City Plan

1A.3  Plan Structure

Updated 11 September 2018

The Plan comprises:

  1.  Part A (The Plan Text);
  2.  Part B (The Plan Maps).

The Plan is divided into Chapters that are explained in further detail below. These Chapters can be generally divided into three sections, detailed in Table 1A.1: Plan Content Summary.

  1. Chapters 1-3, which provide a general explanation and context to the Plan and describe the meaning of terms used in the Plan;
  2. Chapters 4-11, which apply in various locations throughout the Plan Area and may be identified as overlays termed ‘Plan Areas’ over the specific zones that follow in Chapters 12-20;
  3. Chapters 12-20, which are objectives, policies and rules for the subdivision, use and development of land in specific zones.

Table 1A.1: Plan Content Summary


Role of Chapter

1. Plan Introduction

Explains the structure and purpose of the Plan, together with a description of how to use the Plan and an overview of the history to the Plan.

2. Issues Overview

Provides an overview of the context of the Plan and the relationship of the Plan to other resource management tools. Included is a description of the main issues facing the City and the direction the Plan takes in response.

3. Definitions

Provides an interpretation of standard expressions in the Plan. Defined terms are identified in the Plan in italics.

4. General Rules

Covers City-wide issues for:

  1. Transportation (parking, access);
  2. Earthworks;
  3. Signs;
  4. Noise;
  5. Temporary Activities;
  6.  Lighting;
  7.  Permitted Intrusions (items permitted within building and overshadowing setbacks);
  8. Airport Slopes and Surfaces (the absolute height limitation imposed for airport safety).

5. Natural Environment

Describes areas of natural significance within the City and sets out the objectives, policies and rules for the management of identified areas.

6. Natural Features and Landscapes

Describes both the general elements of the landscape character of the City and identifies areas of national and local significance together with specific methods to protect these areas. Also identifies trees protected due to their significance in the landscape.

7. Heritage

Sets out the protection of places of historical significance, including Maori heritage, buildings, archaeological sites, and protected trees of heritage significance.

8. Natural Hazards

Sets out the methods to mitigate or avoid the risk of natural hazards, specifically the risk of harbour inundation, and coastal erosion.

9. Hazardous Substances &
Contaminated Land

Deals with two distinct issues being the use of hazardous substances by setting acceptable thresholds, and subdivision, use and development of contaminated land.

10. Network Utilities and

Sets out the objectives, policies and rules for the establishment of network utilities, and details the particulars of the designations identified on the Plan Maps (Part B).

11. Financial Contributions

Sets out the purpose and method for calculating the amount of land or money that may be required to mitigate the effects of subdivision, use or development.

12. Subdivision, Infrastructure
& Services

Deals with subdivision for all zones, and also sets out standards for the development of infrastructure.

13. Open Space Zones

Covers areas for passive and active recreation, and areas set aside for conservation in the City.

14. Residential Zones

Sets out the methods for managing a range of residential living environments, ranging from the low density Large Lot Residential Zone, through the Suburban Residential Zone to High-Density Residential Zone.

15. Rural Residential Zones

Deals with semi-rural sites used for residential living.

16. Rural Zones

Covers areas set aside for rural production or urban expansion. Also includes extensive areas of Maori land held under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Land Act (1993) and provides specific methods for its development.

17. Commercial Zones

Sets out the methods for development of commercial centres in the City, from the City Centre to local shopping areas.

18. Industrial Zones

Covers areas set aside principally for industrial land use, and includes general industrial land and the infrastructure of the Port.

19. Education Centre Zones

Sets out specific methods for the use and development of identified school sites that accommodate schools not wholly funded by the Government.

20. Special Use Zones - Baypark

Sets out a framework for the management of the Baypark site, including noise and land-use controls.

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