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Build Tauranga Newsletter

Issue 7, October 2011

Update on Proposed City Plan

We have done some work on our City Plan website to make it clearer which Objectives, Policies and Rules are operative.

The online version of the Proposed City Plan at, uses shading within the chapters to identify which Objectives, Policies and Rules are under appeal. If any of these provisions are not shaded, they are deemed operative.

If an Objective, Policy or Rule is deemed operative in the Proposed City Plan and is relevant to your project, you only need to assess your project against the Proposed City Plan, not the Operative District Plan as well.

If a provision relevant to your project is shaded, you still need to assess against the Proposed City Plan as well as the operative District Plan.

Any Objective, Policy or Rule in the Proposed City Plan that is not deemed to be operative still has legal effect and is afforded “weighting”’ on a case by case basis. The weighting depends on the nature and extent of any appeals or variations relating to that Rule and the status of those appeals / variations (i.e. the extent to which those appeals have been resolved or any variations determined).

We have attached a fact sheet (408 kb pdf) to this email outlining the background to the Proposed Tauranga City Plan and further detail on provisions deemed operative.

Check Main Exit Stairs of Multi-Story Buildings

Following the first part of a technical investigation into the structural
performance of the Pyne Gould Corporation, Forsyth Barr and Hotel Grand Chancellor buildings in Christchurch, the Department of Building and Housing has issued a Practice Advisory to owners of multi-storey buildings.

The Advisory recommends that owners of multi-storey commercial
buildings have their main exit stairs checked by a chartered professional engineer. This is to ensure they have sufficient allowances for movement.

More detail on the safety of stairs for building owners can be downloaded at The full findings from the first part of the technical investigation can be found at

For more information please contact the Department of Building and Housing.

Utilities Act

On 1 July the new Utilities Act came into force. The Act requires Council to regulate and coordinate all activities in the road corridor. It helps us plan for various activities that might take place on the same piece of road. For example if a construction team is digging up the road, we can arrange for other maintenance work to take place at the same time or reschedule activities where required.

What this means for you
If you have a construction site which affects the road corridor (ie using hoardings over the footpath to protect the public, digging up footpaths to connect to mains or continuous unloading of material at a site from the road reserve) you need to discuss this with Bruce Galloway, Road Corridor Manager & Active Travel Coordinator at Council. This way we can plan for your activity and it is less likely you will be inconvenienced by other activity planned for that part of the road when you need it.

Tell Us What You Think

If you have any feedback or comments on the content of the newsletter, or would like to suggest a topic for inclusion, please contact
Rob Wickman, Manager: Building Services, on (07) 577 7047 or email

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Published: Monday, 10 Oct 2011 11:00 by Tauranga City Council