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Tauranga City Plan

16B.1 Objectives for the Rural Marae Community Zone

Updated 14 December 2018

16B.1.1 Objective - Marae Community Development

  1. To recognise and provide for the use and development of marae to meet the evolving needs of their iwi, hapu and whanau;
  2. To allow tangata whenua opportunities to exercise kaitiakitanga over marae resources in their respective hapu areas. 

16B.1.1.1 Policy - Rural Marae Community Zone

Applying a Marae Community Zone which:

  1. Recognises marae as a focus and integral component of kainga;
  2. Permits the establishment of education, health, social service, recreation and housing facilities and home-based businesses, as well as facilities associated with more traditional marae uses where these comply to Permitted Activity conditions including development thresholds;
  3. Provides for residential activities at a density higher than in the other rural zones provided that water supply and waste disposal can be addressed on-site. 

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 in their Rural Marae Community Zone.

16B.1.2 Objective – Bulk and Scale of Buildings in the Rural Marae Community Zone

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.

16B.1.2.1 Policy - Bulk and Scale of Buildings in the Rural Marae Community Zone - Building Height and Overshadowing 

By ensuring buildings are restricted to a height and building envelope that:

  1. Provides flexibility for a range of rural and residential building forms in the varied topographical conditions of the Rural Marae Community Zone;
  2. Avoids the potential adverse impacts of over height buildings on surrounding dwellings, and, as viewed from public open space including the streetscape or skyline, overshadowing, overlooking or visual dominance of buildings;
  3. Avoids potential adverse effects of overshadowing on surrounding properties, particularly on dwellings.

16B.1.3 Objective – Site Layout and Building Design in the Rural Marae Community Zone

Development within the Rural Marae Community Zone provides for the cultural mix of activities within the marae, but is still compatible with the existing and anticipated rural character and amenity of the zone and is set out on site to address potential reverse sensitivity effects for primary production activities on surrounding sites.

16B.1.3.1 Policy – Site Layout and Building Design in the Rural Marae Community Zone

By ensuring development in the Rural Marae Community Zone: 

  1. Provides flexibility for the owners to direct the internal development of multiple housing;
  2. Provides at the external boundaries of the Rural Marae Community Zone for:
    1. Building setbacks with adjoining sites that ensure a physical separation of buildings which contribute to the visual and aural privacy of adjoining sites;
    2. Building setbacks that ensure a physical separation between sensitive activities such as residential activity, pig farming and factory farming;
    3. Building setbacks from the road boundary to provide a consistent streetscape that provides opportunities for landscape planting and the maintenance of an open rural character as viewed from roads;
  3. Provides for physical needs of the development, in terms of water supply and waste disposal, without adverse effects on the environment;
  4. 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.


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