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City Plan overview

The Tauranga City Plan (City Plan) was developed through an extensive process of identifying the significant resource management issues in the City.

It covers all subdivision, use and development, how and where the City grows, how infrastructure is located and how natural and physical resources are managed. It is the blueprint by which any development in Tauranga is managed. The City Plan was made operative on the 9 September 2013 following a significant community consultation process and supersedes the Tauranga District Plan.

Tauranga City Plan

Purpose of the Tauranga City Plan

The purpose of the Plan is to enable the Council to carry out its functions under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA); promoting the sustainable management of natural and physical resources. The Plan meets the Council’s functions under the RMA. Set out in section 31 of the RMA, these functions are:

  • The integrated management of the effects of the subdivision, use, development or protection of land and associated natural and physical resources; 
  • The control of any actual or potential effects of the subdivision, use, development or protection of land, including:
    • The avoidance or mitigation of natural hazards;
    • Matters relating to hazardous substances and the use of contaminated land;
    • The maintenance of indigenous biodiversity.
    • The control of the emission and effects of noise;
    • The control of any actual or potential effects of activities in relation to the surface of rivers and lakes.

The Plan is also guided by other high order statutory planning documents such as the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement, Regional Policy Statement, Regional Plans and SmartGrowth.

How to use the Plan

The Plan is divided into Chapters that are explained in further detail below. These chapters can be generally divided into three sections:

  • Chapters 1-3, which provide a general explanation and context to the Plan and describe the meaning of terms used in the Plan; 
  • Chapters 4-11, which apply in various locations throughout the Plan area and may be identified as overlays termed ‘Plan Areas’ over the specific zones that follow in Chapters 12-20;
  • Chapters 12-20, which are objectives, policies and rules for the subdivision, use and development of land in specific zones.

In this Plan:

  • Objectives – describe the desired outcome for a particular resource management issue; 
  • Policies – describe the direction to be taken to achieve the objective, and outline the considerations specific to the achievement of a particular Objective; 
  • Rules – implement the direction of the Policies.

When using the Plan, the starting point is the identification on the Plan Maps of the site or area in which the activity is being considered. Here, it can be determined what zone or zones the proposed activity falls within, and whether any special sections of the Plan apply.

The next step is to determine what status an activity has in the relevant zone. Activities are described in the Tables of Activity Status at the beginning of each zone-based Chapters. Often defined terms are used in these tables that are further described in the Chapter 3 - Definitions. In most circumstances an activity that is not classified in the Table of Activity Status is identified as a ‘Discretionary’ Activity by default.

Reference must also be made to any Plan Areas identified on the Plan Maps. These include areas such as the ‘Flood Hazard Plan Area’, ‘Special Ecological Areas’, and ‘Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes Plan Areas’. If an activity is within or adjacent to one of these Areas, there may also be a requirement to obtain resource consent for an activity, or rules of the Plan that must be met to avoid the need for resource consent.  The Processed is outline below:

Figure 1A.1: How to use the Plan

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Last Reviewed: 28/08/2018


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