Updated 14 December 2018
16A.4.1 Objective – Bulk and Scale of Buildings in the Rural, Future Urban and Greenbelt Zones
Buildings that are of a bulk and scale compatible with the existing and anticipated rural character of low height of building, and separation of buildings.
16A.4.1.1 Policy - Bulk and Scale of Buildings in the Rural, Future Urban and Greenbelt Zones - Building Height and Overshadowing
By ensuring buildings are restricted to a height and building envelope that:
- Provides flexibility for a range of rural and residential building forms in the varied topographical conditions of the zone;
- Avoids potential adverse impacts of over height buildings on surrounding dwellings, and as viewed from public open space, including the streetscape or skyline through overshadowing, overlooking or visual dominance of buildings;
- Avoids potential adverse effects of overshadowing on surrounding properties, particularly dwellings;
- Provides for artificial crop protection structures within horticultural properties.
16A.4.2 Objective – Site Layout and Building Design Bulk in the Rural, Future Urban and Greenbelt Zones
Development within the Rural Zones provides for rural character and amenity that is characterised by an open, vegetated, landscape with very low density of development on individual sites and across the Zone generally.
16A.4.2.1 Policy – Site Layout and Building Design in the Rural, Future Urban and Greenbelt Zones
By ensuring the layout and design of development of sites in the Rural Zones:
- Provides building setbacks between sites that ensure a physical separation of buildings between sites which contributes to the visual and aural privacy of adjoining sites;
- Provides building setbacks between sites that ensure a physical separation between sensitive activities such as residential activity and pig and factory farming;
- Ensures that buildings are setback from the road boundary to provide a consistent streetscape with opportunities for landscape planting and the maintenance of an open rural character as viewed from roads;
- Retains the majority of the site for primary production activities;
- Cumulatively contributes to the overall open nature of the surrounding neighbourhood;
- Provides an appropriate setback from areas of natural character, or land within the Conservation Zone sufficient to preserve the amenity, character and intrinsic natural values of those areas.
16A.4.3 Objective – Density of Development in the Rural, Future Urban and Greenbelt Zones
An open vegetated, rural landscape with a very low density of development of predominantly primary production activities on individual sites, and across the zone generally.
16A.4.3.1 Policy – Density of Development in the Rural, Future Urban and Greenbelt Zones
By ensuring the maintenance of very low density of development in the zone by limiting residential activity as follows:
- Restricting residential activity in the Rural Zone, Future Urban Zone and Greenbelt Zone to one independent dwelling unit and one secondary independent dwelling unit to provide for family members or workers accommodation per site;
- In considering further residential activity on-site in the Rural Zones the extent to which the proposal:
- Is related to primary production on the site, whether it will be an ongoing need and/or be retained as part of the overall site development, and the extent to which the proposal will increase the potential for fragmentation of rural land, including through subdivision to a separate title;
- Will constrain primary production activities on-site and adjoining sites;
- Will impact on the existing and anticipated rural character and amenity, including the cumulative impacts on the site and on surrounding sites and the zone overall;
- Uses effective design measures including site layout, landscaping and use of the existing physical contours of the site, to address potential adverse impacts on the rural character and amenity of the site, adjoining sites and the overall zone;
- Will constrain existing mining activities on adjoining or surrounding sites.
16A.4.4 Objective – Papakainga on Multiple-Owned Maori Land in the Rural and Future Urban Zones
Papakainga developments within the Rural and Future Urban Zones on multiple-owned Maori land provide housing opportunities for tangata whenua, are designed and set out on the subject site so as to be compatible with the existing and anticipated rural character and amenity of the zone, and allow primary production activities to continue on the balance of the site and surrounding sites.
16A.4.4.1 Policy - Papakainga on Multiple-Owned Maori Land in the Rural and Future Urban Zones
By ensuring the development of papakainga:
- Provides flexibility for the owners to direct the internal development of multiple housing, with amenity standards applied to the external boundaries of the development to address any potential impacts on the ability to carry out primary production activities on the balance of the site, and surrounding sites;
- Ensures, through an Outline Development Plan and related conditions of consent, that papakainga development is compatible with maintaining open, rural character and amenity when viewed from outside the boundaries of the papakainga site;
- Provides for the physical needs of the development, in terms of water supply and waste disposal, to be met without adverse effects on the environment.
Note: Council supports the use of Te Keteparaha Mo Nga Papakainga (Maori Housing Toolkit) as a guide for tangata whenua considering undertaking a papakainga development.
Note: Appendix 16B: Developments on Maori Land – Interaction between the Maori Land Court and Council sets out the different roles and responsibilities of the Maori Land Court and the Council in relation to developments on Maori land.