District Wide – General

Plan Changes 82 A and B, 109, 136 and 147 propose to introduce five new District Wide chapters.

Plan Change 109 – Transport (TRA)

This plan change seeks to manage Whangārei’s transport network, including roads and the wider road corridor, footpaths, vehicle crossing and accesses and parking areas. This plan change primarily covers road design, off-street parking standards, landscaping within parking areas and vehicle crossing and access standards.

Why?

Scattered patterns of development have led to a high dependency on private motor vehicles and have caused inefficiencies in providing transport network improvements in our District. Similarly, ad hoc development has often led to fragmented and inefficient transport network infrastructure. This plan change seeks better integration between transport and land use planning by managing the effects of land use activities on the transport network as well as the effects of the transport network on the surrounding area and land uses.

What are the key features proposed?

  • Amendments to reduce off-street parking spaces required for various activity.
  • Requirements for bicycle parking spaces for certain activities.
  • Landscaping requirements for off-street parking areas.
  • Provision of Integrated Transport Assessments for large scale developments.

Plan Change 136 – Three Waters Management (TWM)

This plan change seeks to manage the impact of land use and subdivision on water resources, namely: storm water drainage, wastewater collection, treatment and disposal and drinking water (three waters).

Why?

Successfully implemented and managed, public three waters infrastructure has significant economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits. The District Plan needs to manage connections to reticulated networks. Where connection is not practicable to the public system, alternative private systems are required. It is important that private systems are appropriately designed to ensure the health and wellbeing of residents as well as the health of the receiving environment.

What are the key features proposed?

  • Requirement to connect to public three waters systems where they are available.
  • Minimum standards for private, on-site three waters infrastructure.
  • Requirement to provide detailed three waters assessments for large scale developments.

Plan Change 147 – Earthworks (EARTH)

This plan change seeks introduce a new Earthworks chapter in the Plan to consolidate all objectives, policies and rules relating to earthworks.

Why?

The draft National Planning Standards require a single Earthworks chapter.

What are the key features proposed?

  • District wide objectives and policies and subdivision rules relating to earthworks.

Plan Change 82A and B – Signs (SI) and Lighting (NL)

This plan change seeks introduce two District Wide chapters, Lighting and Signs in the Plan to consolidate all objectives, policies and rules relating to artificial lighting and signage.
Signs play an important role in communication, however controls over the number, size and location of signs if required in order to maintain the amenity values of the District.
Lighting is provided to illuminate areas beyond daylight hours. Artificial lighting enables activities to occur. Management of lighting is necessary to maintain the amenity values of the District.

Why?

Signs and lighting contribute significantly to urban amenity. As part of the urban plan changes it is necessary to review the appropriateness of signs and lighting rules in the Urban Zones. The draft National Planning Standards require District Wide chapter for Lighting.

What are the key features proposed?

  • District wide signs and lighting chapters with specific objectives and policies.
  • Update of artificial lighting measurement standards.
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