Proposed District Plan Change 43 reviews the General Residential Activity Area provisions and proposes the introduction of two new activity areas, providing for medium density residential development and suburban mixed use in targeted areas. The plan change also proposes several consequential changes to related chapters of the District Plan.
The purpose of the proposed plan change is to provide for greater housing capacity and a wider range of options for housing styles and sizes at medium densities within the existing urban area. This could include low-rise apartments and terraced houses in areas that have good access to public transport, shopping, parks and schools, but also minor additional dwellings on smaller sites that do not have the potential for traditional infill.
At its 4 November 2019 meeting, Huitt City Council approved the proposed plan change, including the proposed amendments, as recommended by the Hearing Panel.
Public Notice of Decision (PDF 99 kb)
Decision (PDF 24.4 Mb)
Any person who has made a submission on the proposed plan change may appeal Council’s decision to the Environment Court on a matter or provision referred to in their submission. Such appeals must be in the prescribed form and lodged with the Environment Court within 30 working days of service of the Council’s decision in accordance with Clause 14 of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991.
What is Proposed District Plan Change 43?
The proposed plan change introduces two new activity areas or zones:
- The Suburban Mixed Use Activity Area would introduce a building height standard of 12 metres (three to four storeys), accommodating shops and cafes on the ground floor, with apartments or offices above.
- The Medium Density Residential Activity Area would be located next to Suburban Mixed Use Activity Area. It would allow buildings of up to 10 metres (plus one metre for the roofline), while restricting building height closer to the rear and side boundaries to reduce shading effects using recession planes and boundary setbacks.
These two new zones would be located in eight areas chosen for their proximity to shops, schools, public transport and access to parks. These areas are in Stokes Valley, Taita, Naenae, Avalon/Park Ave, Epuni, Waterloo, Waiwhetu/Woburn and Wainuiomata.
Maps of Medium Density Residential and Suburban Mixed Use Activity Areas - Decision version (PDF 3.2 Mb)
Outside of these eight areas, in the General Residential Activity Area, the proposed plan change would provide for medium density housing on sites larger than 1400 square metres. There would be the potential for terraced and clustered houses, shared parking and outdoor living areas with buildings up to eight metres or two storeys. The proposed plan change would also remove some of the barriers to developing traditional infill and minor dwellings.
More intensive developments requiring a resource consent would need to be assessed against a design guide which promotes quality building designs and deals with issues like shade and privacy effects and onsite storm water management.
Plan Change Document
Proposed Plan Change 43 Volume 1 (PDF 16.5 Mb)
Proposed Plan Change 43 Volume 2 (PDF 20.3 Mb)
Proposed Plan Change 43 - Split Version (use this link if you want to view and download the document in sections)
Hearing Panel minutes, memos from the Friend of Submitters and the hearing timetable (opens in new window)
Officer's report (opens in new window)
Additional material provided by submitters (opens in new window)
Officer's rebuttal and additional information (opens in new window)
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