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Tauranga City Plan

Definitions - L

Updated 2 December 2017


Means the noise level that may be exceeded for 10% of the measurement period. L10 is an indicator of the mean maximum noise level and is the descriptor for intrusive noise. 


Means the A-frequency-weighted day-night average sound level in decibels. 


Means the average continuous noise level measured as the time averaged sound level (on a log/energy basis) over the measurement period.


Means the maximum sound level recorded during the measurement period.


The use of land or a site for the activity of dumping of soil, cleanfill or any other material for the purpose of waste disposal.

landscape character

The combination of characteristics and elements that distinguish any particular area of land from another area. It is determined by the inter-relationship of:

  1. Landform - which reflects the topography, geology, hydrology and associated natural processes such as erosion, and weathering;
  2. Land cover - which includes drainage patterns, vegetation (including exotic and indigenous), natural waterways, wetlands, rivers and streams, and reflects the biological processes such as plant succession and soil formation;
  3. Human elements - which reflects the existing land use pattern and the cultural, social and heritage values that give added meaning to an area. 

Note: The characteristics and elements of Tauranga’s Suburban, Urban, Rural Residential and Rural areas have been described in the Boffa Miskell (2011) Tauranga City Landscape Study prepared for the Tauranga City Council.

landscape strip

The planting of trees, shrubs, and ground cover along a property or site boundary for visual amenity and may also include the alteration of landform (such as bunding) or the erection of solid fencing for the purposes of screening.

Proposed Amendment 

"land drainage works" 

"Means drainage works of any sort, including the making of drains for receiving water in its natural flow on or from any hills or other sloping lands, and diverting the same to prevent its overflow on to any other lands on a lower level, as well as drains for carrying off water from any lands."  

Plan Change 27 – Legal effect

legal width

The width of a vehicle access as defined by legal survey plan, memorandum or easement.

light spill

Light from both direct and indirect sources, which falls outside the area that is required to be artificially lit. Light spill is measured in lux (lumens per square metre), while light intensity is energy transferred by light measured in candelas per square metre. Measurement of both the horizontal and vertical components is required.

local infrastructure

Those bulk services (network infrastructure), reserve land or community infrastructure provided for the City’s urban growth areas, either as additional assets or by increasing the capacity of existing assets required as a result of demand from growth-related development. A local infrastructure project may provide for the development of multiple urban growth areas, although not for development across the whole city. 

local infrastructure contribution

A financial contribution for local infrastructure paid as a condition of a resource consent or Permitted Activity in accordance with Chapter 11 Financial Contributions

low demand business activity

Means the use of land and buildings for the purposes of storage, warehousing, distribution or the operation of utility networks in circumstances where Council is satisfied that the proposed activity will have a relatively minor impact on its water and wastewater network on a per m2 gross floor area basis relative to the impact of an average business activity as measured on the same basis. 

low density

For the purpose of residential density means areas characterised by predominantly detached homes at a maximum density of 1 independent dwelling unit per 325m2 of nett site area.

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