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The Tauranga City Plan provides the rules for how people can build or develop the land they own in our city.

This can be land that is residential, commercial or industrial. The City Plan covers all subdivision, land 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. It also includes rules on other things that are covered by the Resource Management Act – including hazards, signage, reserves, noise, heritage, etc.

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 has been developed through an extensive process of identifying the significant resource management issues in the city. 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.

The City Plan is split into Part A and Part B. Part A sets out objectives, policies and rules. These lay out the requirements for all subdivision, land use and development. 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.

In Part B of the City Plan are the plan maps. Here, your starting point is to identify on the maps your site or the area where the activity is being considered (e.g. a house you want to build, a sign you want to put up). The maps help you determine what zone or zones the proposed activity falls within, and whether any special sections of the City Plan apply. Read more below on how to use the city plan maps. 

Now you can determine what status your activity will have in this zone. Activities are set out in the Table of Activity Status which is located at the beginning of each zone-based chapter (e.g. Chapter 14: Residential Zones). The status table will tell you if the activity you’re considering requires a resource consent (controlled, restricted discretionary, discretionary, non-complying activities), if it doesn’t (permitted activity) or if it’s prohibited altogether in that zone. 

When is a resource consent needed?

In most circumstances an activity that is not classified in the status table is identified as a discretionary activity by default. The activity status table will also tell you what rules apply to the activity you’re considering. 

For definitions of specific terms, go to Chapter 3.

Part A - Objectives, Policies and Rules

Part A – Objectives, Polices and Rules – Seal Affixed (55kb pdf)

Table of Plan Change Dates for City Plan (51kb pdf)

Part B - Plan Maps

There are two ways in which you can view City Plan map information on our website: our online viewer Mapi, and pdf versions of the planning maps.

Mapi is a user-friendly online tool that enables you to search for property information, other information about the land and area (e.g. natural hazards) and view current and historic aerials. It allows you to interact with the maps online using layers to present the wealth of information that council holds about the land, infrastructure and built form in Tauranga.

Along the top tool bar you can search a property, use the 'show layer list' to select the Tauranga City Plan layer and 'show legend' which shows the colours of each zone and patterns for the overlays. 

Using Mapi you can annotate and share a map, search for data, zoom to specific features and print reports.

Go to Mapi

  1. Use the Map Index or the Map Street Index PDFs to find your property/the area you want information on and its corresponding map number.
  2. Choose the relevant map series in the list of links below, in Sections 1 to 3.
    *Maps 1-96 (these are the map numbers), 1:5000 (this is the map scale).
    *'Left’ maps show land use zones, designated public works, and some specific features such as the flood hazard plan area and protected trees. Use the map key PDF to interpret the map.
    *'Right’ maps are the aerial photo of the same location, showing any areas subject to specific rules in the city plan, such as the coastal hazard plan area, significant Maori areas, special ecological areas and significant archaeological sites. Use the map key PDF to interpret the map.
  3. Together the left and right maps will allow you determine what zone or zones the property or proposed activity falls within, and whether any special sections of the plan apply to the area you’re investigating.
  4. Once you know the zone of the property and the additional layers/special sections that apply, find the corresponding chapters in Part A of the City Plan. Refer back to ‘How to use the city plan’ above for further instructions.

Sections 4 to 7 provide more detailed thematic information for specific areas:

  • Section 4 shows areas of the city that have designations that set aside land for service lanes.
  • Section 5 presents various diagrams that cover particular areas of the city for subjects such as inundation from storm surge, roading hierarchy, airport noise and staging diagrams for urban growth areas (new/future suburbs).  
  • Section 6 provides maps for urban growth areas which identify the location of land uses such as stormwater ponds, reserves, commercial centres and key roading links.
  • Section 7 identifies the areas that relate to the viewshaft protection rules which are located in Chapter 6 – Natural Features and Landscapes.

Part B - Plan Maps - Seal Affixed (95kb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 16/11/2020

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