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Tauranga City Plan

Definitions - I

Updated 16 November 2020

Proposed Amendment

"impervious surfaces"

"Means an area with a surface which prevents the infiltration of rainfall into the ground. For the purposes of this definition impervious surfaces include:

  1. roofs;
  2. paved areas including driveways and sealed/compacted metal parking areas; 
  3. patios;
  4. swimming pools;
  5. sealed and compacted metal roads; and
  6. soil layers engineered to be impervious such as compacted clay.

For the purposes of this definition impervious surfaces excludes:

  1. any natural surface;
  2. grass and bush areas;
  3. gardens and other vegetated areas;
  4. porous or permeable paving and living roofs;
  5. permeable artificial surfaces, fields or lawns;
  6. slatted decks; and
  7. stormwater management devices."

Plan Change 27 – Legal effect

important amenity landscapes

Landscapes listed in Appendix 6B: Important Amenity Landscapes which are significant to the local community but which do not meet the criteria for Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes, although they retain high amenity and landscape character values.  

independent dwelling unit

A building or part of a building intended to be used as an independent residence, including apartments, semi-detached or detached houses, residential units and town houses for a family or up to 6 unrelated persons. For the purposes of this definition caravans and other mobile forms of accommodation shall not be assessed as an independent dwelling unit


Flora or fauna occurring in New Zealand as a consequence of natural processes and does not include any species introduced by human intervention. 

industrial activity

Buildings or land used for the manufacture, dismantling, processing, assembly, treating, testing, servicing, maintenance, storage or repairing of goods, products, articles, materials or substances and includes premises on the same land used for:

  1. The selling of goods by wholesale;
  2. The provision of amenities for employees;

Which are incidental to any of those industrial operations. 

Note: This definition addresses a collection of activities and some of these are covered by terms that are defined elsewhere in the Plan. 

industrial zones

The Tauriko Industry Zone, the Industry Zone, Papamoa East Employment Zone and the Port Industry Zone.

infill subdivision/development

The further residential subdivision/development of land within the existing developed areas of the City


The provision of, and resources associated with the delivery or reticulation of, water, roads, electricity, gas, wastewater disposal, stormwater disposal, reserves, streetlighting, community infrastructure, community facilities and telecommunications and includes activities which can be undertaken by a network utility operator defined under Section 166 of the Resource Management Act 1991.  


In relation to Chapter 12, Section 12G means:

Transport, stormwater, water and wastewater networks and systems or reserves (including the land required for these purposes) constructed as part of the subdivision process and any associated services connections that are intended to be transferred into the Council’s ownership to provide for the needs of people, communities and future generations. 

infrastructure performance standards

The performance standards for delivery of infrastructure set out in Chapter 12 - Subdivision, Services and Infrastructure of the Plan.

integrated transport assessment

Means an assessment in accordance with the requirements of Appendix 4K: Integrated Transportation Assessment Requirements necessary to demonstrate the effects of, and methods to address the movement of people resulting from a particular subdivision, land use or development. 


An increase in the density (of dwellings, population or employment) over the current density of a given area. 


A Maori tribe, grouping of hapu or people associated with a certain geographical area and/or linked through a common ancestor.

iwi authority

The authority which represents an iwi and which is recognised by that iwi as having authority to do so.

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