Living Zones

Plan Change 88I proposes four new Living Zones

Low-density Residential Zone (LDR)

The Low-density Residential Zone seeks to replace the existing Urban Transition Environment (UTE) within the Urban Area. The UTE has been reviewed as part of the District Plan’s Rolling Review, and this plan change seeks primarily to update the chapter’s structure. The Low-density Residential Zone provides opportunities for people to live in areas with a rural outlook in proximity to Whangārei City.

Why?

The current UTE provisions do not fit with the chapter structure and management of activities.

Where?

The plan change does not allow any increase in the size of the UTE.

Medium-density Residential Zone (MDR)

The Medium-density Residential Zone is for medium density residential development, usually with one to two-storey, stand-alone (detached) residential units on larger properties. Non-residential activities are discouraged within the Zone.

Why?

The current Living 1 and 2 Environments allow too much non-residential activity, and do not manage urban design and site layout and design appropriately. The Medium-density Residential Zone seeks to address these issues while protecting residential character and values.

Where?

The Medium-density Residential Zone applies to existing residential zones in the Urban Area and in areas next to existing residential zones in Marsden Point and Ruakaka.

What are the key features proposed?

  • Discourage incompatible non-residential activities, while enabling smaller-scale ancillary activities.
  • Slightly increase densities to enable more development opportunities.
  • Introduce urban design controls to improve amenity and manage effects on neighbours.

High-Density Residential Zone (HDR)

The High-Density Residential Zone is mainly for high density residential development. The Zone may experience change over time, featuring more terrace housing, semi-detached housing and detached townhouses on smaller sections. Non-residential activities are discouraged within the Zone.

Why?

The current Living 1 and 2 Environments allow too many non-residential activities and do not manage urban design and site layout and design appropriately. Additionally, there are limited opportunities to consolidate housing and increase housing densities.

Where?

The High-density Residential Zone applies to existing residential zones in the Urban Area, and in areas next to existing residential zones in Marsden Point and Ruakaka, where they are well serviced by public open space and commercial zoning, and sufficient reticulated infrastructure is available.

What are the key features proposed

  • Discourage incompatible non-residential activities, while enabling smaller-scale ancillary activities.
  • Increase densities to enable more development opportunities.
  • Introduce urban design controls to improve amenity and manage effects on neighbours.

Residential Zone (RES)

The Residential Zone is for large-lot, low-density residential living. Development patterns will usually be large, un-serviced residential lots with mid to large-scale houses, surrounded by large areas of open space. Non-residential activities are discouraged within the Zone.

Why?

The current Living 3 Environment successfully allows low density, un-serviced development, but there are limited controls on non-residential activities and urban design. The Residential Zone retains the successful aspects of the Living 3 Environment and brings in controls to manage non-residential activities and encourage quality developments.

Where?

The Residential Zone generally applies to existing un-serviced residential zones in the Urban Area which are not considered suitable for higher density development.

What are the key features proposed?

  • Discourage incompatible non-residential activities, while enabling smaller-scale ancillary activities.
  • Implement controls over impervious surfaces (such as concrete) and landscaping.
  • Manage site shape for subdivisions.
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