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Tauranga City Plan

Definitions - R

Updated 22 March 2021


The time encompassed by the drop of the green flag to commence the race, to the display of the yellow lights after the last car in the race has received the chequered flag.

race season

The period from the 1 October in any calendar year to 31 May the following calendar year. 

reduced level (RL)

The height above a specified datum, which is mean sea level (NZVD16 datum, New Zealand Vertical Datum 2016)

renewable energy generation

Means energy produced from solar, wind, hydro, geothermal biomass, tidal, wave and ocean current sources.


Has the same meaning as contained in the Reserves Act 1977, and also includes other public land not classified as a reserve but used or managed for the use and enjoyment of the public. 


For the purpose of Chapter 11 – Financial Contributions and means the provision of land for recreation, conservation, amenity and utilities such as stormwater catchment areas. These areas contribute to the open space network which provides community focal points, pedestrian and open space connections, high levels of amenity and feelings of openness, and a range of recreational opportunities. 

residential activity


  1. The use of land and buildings for domestic or related purposes by persons living alone or in family and/or non-family groups (whether any person is subject to care, supervision or not) and includes, retirement villages and residential health care facilities providing 24-hour on-site medical support to residents, independent dwelling units, housing for the elderly, shared accommodation, private functions and incidental private gatherings;
  2. Residential activity shall exclude visitor accommodation and homestay and shall exclude caravans or other mobile forms of accommodation, unless they are utilised as a residential activity for periods of more than 3 months in any one calendar year. 

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

residential allotment

An allotment on which a residential building or relocated dwelling/building would normally be expected to be erected or positioned, including:

  1. Any lease area on a cross-lease plan;
  2. Any unit on a unit plan.

residential building

Any building or part of a building used or intended to be used for human habitation. 

residential density

The density of independent dwelling units on a site and includes low density, medium density, and high density residential development.

residential outlook

The field of view as seen from a habitable room. 

residential zones

The Suburban Residential, Wairakei Residential, Urban Marae Community, Ngati Kahu Papakainga, High Density Residential, Large Lot Residential and the City Living Zones.

rest home

A building incorporating a number of bedrooms used to provide rest home care in accordance with Section 9 of the Health and Disability Services Act 2001 for persons who require medical and/or other forms of support (including dementia care) and includes the facilities and staff necessary to provide such support. 


The sale of goods to the consumer of those goods. 

retirement village

Part of any property, building, or other premises that contains two or more independent dwelling units or their dwelling unit equivalents that provide residential accommodation in the form of independent living townhouses and/or apartments and/or supported living provided on a bed and/or room basis (for avoidance of doubt this includes rest home and/or dementia care), predominantly for persons in their retirement (including their spouses or partners), together with associated services and facilities.

Associated services and facilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Healthcare and/or hospital facilities providing medical support exclusively to village residents;
  2. Retail and service facilities for the exclusive use of village residents;
  3. Administrative offices for the day to day operation of the village;
    The following are not retirement villages for the purposes of this definition:
  4. Owner-occupied residential units registered under the Unit Titles Act 2010 or owner-occupied crosslease residential units that in either case do not provide services or facilities to their occupants beyond those commonly provided by:
    1. similar residential units that are not intended to provide accommodation predominantly for retired people and their spouses or partners; or
    2. residential units occupied under tenancies to which the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 applies;
  5. Boarding houses, guest houses, or hostels;
  6. Halls of residence associated with educational institutions; and
  7. Shared accommodation.  


Means the Resource Management Act 1991.

road hierarchy

The network of public and private roads that provide for the movement of vehicular traffic through the City, and is comprised of:

Type of Road Primary Function/Generalised Description Definition
Expressways and motorways (including indicative expressways and motorways)  To provide for the movement of regional or inter-regional traffic. Access limited to intersecting roads.  All roads declared to be motorways or expressways.
Primary Arterial (including indicative primary arterials) Main roads other than motorways and expressways joining significant centres of population and/or providing for regional and inter-regional traffic flow. Means those roads that form part of a network of nationally or regionally important arterial roads. Nationally important routes are managed as State Highways, whereas other primary arterial roads may be managed by territorial authorities. These routes predominantly carry through traffic, and carry the major traffic movements in and out of the City. The primary function of the road is traffic movement with access limited.
Secondary Arterial (including indicative secondary arterials)  Roads joining smaller centres of population and larger centres of population to nearby primary arterials or linking between primary arterials.  Means those roads that cater for traffic movement between the major areas of the City. The primary function of the road is traffic movement. Access may be limited to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the transport network
Collector (including indicative collector)

Wider urban roads linking local roads to the arterial network. In rural areas, minor roads linking smaller rural communities to the arterial network.

Collector Roads have both a traffic movement function as well as an access role. 

Means those roads that are principally collecting and distributing traffic to and from the arterial road network, but may act as links between two arterial roads (being Primary Arterial Roads and/or Secondary Arterial Roads). These roads also act as local main roads supplementing Secondary Arterial Roads.

Local through-traffic generally makes up a high proportion of traffic flow but these roads are not intended to cater for large numbers of national, regional or City through-traffic movements because of likely effects on the adjoining road environment and amenities, and the limited physical capabilities of such roads relative to Primary Arterial Roads and Secondary Arterial Roads.

Access may be controlled to ensure the safe and efficient function of the roading network. 


Roads providing direct access for residential and other areas of development in urban areas, with more than one intersection to other local or collector roads.

Cul-de-sacs are local roads with intersections to other local roads at one end only.

Means those roads that are intended to principally provide direct access to adjoining properties. Many local roads, except cul-de-sacs, also collect and distribute traffic to and from other roads within the City. Traffic flows are usually low, and these roads are intended to cater for only minimal through or extraneous traffic because of effects on the adjoining road environment and amenities, and the limited physical capabilities of such roads. 
Service Lanes Land vested as road for the purpose of providing access, generally, but not limited to, commercial and industrial activities. The service lane provides an access function only and does not provide for frontage in the case of subdivision Means any lane laid out or constructed for the purpose of providing the public with a side or rear access for vehicular traffic to any land. This can also apply to residential areas, for example with rear laneways.

road zone (unless otherwise stated)

Covers any public road, regardless of the underlying zoning on the Plan Maps (Part B) including a State Highway and any service lane.

rural character

Rural character includes but is not limited to the following elements:

  1. A predominance of natural features over human made features;
  2. High ratio of open space relative to the built environment;
  3. Significant areas of vegetation in pasture, crops, forestry and/or indigenous vegetation, including crop protection structures;
  4. A rural working production environment;
  5. Presence of farmed animals;
  6. Noises, smells and effects associated with the use of rural land for a wide range of agricultural, horticultural and forestry purposes;
  7. Low population densities relative to urban areas. 

rural contractors depot

Means land and or buildings used for the purpose of storing equipment associated with a business which wholly serves the farming community. 

rural zones

Means the Rural, Rural Marae Community, Greenbelt and Future Urban zones. 

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