#UnitaryPlan Update Day 3: What Was Rezoned and What Wasn’t

Day 3

 

From Auckland Council

Auckland Unitary Plan update

Auckland Council nears completion of its decisions on the Auckland Unitary Plan with the expectation that decisions will be completed on Monday.

The Governing Body completed decisions on the Independent Hearings Panel recommendations in part C of the council report and moved into part D.

The Governing Body decisions are summarised below. The decisions taken today are the council’s final decisions on the Auckland Unitary Plan.

More detailed information on what was debated today can be found in the agenda available on Auckland Council’s website. The meeting minutes with a full summary of decisions will be added once confirmed.

This meeting was also webcast on the council’s website and items are available on demand.

The Governing Body will reconvene at 11am on Monday 15 August from part D 7.7.1 Transport.

 

Decision summary

Part C – Panel recommendations that represent a policy shift from the council’s position and which the Governing Body adopted with some exceptions. Where the Governing Body has rejected a Panel recommendation an alternative solution was adopted.

 

059 to 063 – Residential Zones

The Governing Body rejected the Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • amending the threshold for requiring resource consent from three or more dwellings to five or more dwellings in the Mixed Housing Suburban and Mixed Housing Urban zones (MHU).
  • the deletion of the minimum dwelling size standard.
  • amending the Height in Relation to Boundary Controls in the Mixed Housing Suburban, Mixed Housing Urban and Terrace Housing and Apartment Building zones.
  • amendments to apply the Height in Relation to Boundary Control and the Alternative Height in Relation to Boundary Control to the front boundary within the Mixed Housing Suburban zone.  The Height in Relation to Boundary adjoining lower intensity zones is recommended to apply to the front boundary within the Mixed Housing Urban zone.
  • the deletion of a standard relating to reticulated water supply and wastewater network capacity and moving the matter to assessment criteria.
  • the deletion of the definition of building coverage.

 

011 – Rural Environment

The Governing Body adopted the Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • deletion of the objective on security of food supply.
  • including Landscape and biodiversity values in the Regional Policy Statement Rural Objectives.
  • a different management approach for prime soils to the management. approach for elite soils.

 

The Governing Body rejected the Panel’s recommendations in relation to: 

  • deleting objectives and policies for rural subdivision that:
  1. Prevent inappropriate subdivision
  2. Promote the significant enhancement of indigenous biodiversity
  3. Facilitate transfer of titles only into the Countryside living zone.

 

064 – Subdivision-rural

The Governing Body rejected the Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • the inclusion of objectives, policies and rules that enable sporadic and scattered rural subdivision.
  • the inclusion of provisions that allow for minimal environmental benefits to be accepted in exchange for rural-residential subdivision.
  • no specific site sizes for Countryside Living subdivision in the Caldwells Road area in Whitford.

 

 

075 – Waitakere Ranges 

The Governing Body adopted the Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • replacing prohibited activity status with non-complying activity status for subdivision in the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Overlay.
  • deleting the over-arching Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area precinct and replacing it with a new overlay.
  • conversion of precincts into two new rural zones – the Waitakere Ranges zone and the Waitakere Ranges Foothills zone.
  • rezoning of areas previously subject to precincts and relying instead on the underlying core Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan zone.
  • removal of some activities where they are managed by bylaws, where they are unnecessary or where they are managed by other rules.

 

The Governing Body rejected the Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • double-tagging in the regional plan and district plan activity tables in the Rural – Waitakere Ranges Foothills zone and the Rural – Waitakere Ranges zone Sites.

 

080 Rezoning and precincts (General), and 081 Rezoning and Precincts (Geographic areas) and 016 and 017 – Rural Urban Boundary (RUB)

The Governing Body has adopted the Panel’s recommendations for zoning, precincts and the location of the Rural Urban Boundary. There are specific sub-regional decisions listed below including some rejections. 

South

The Governing Body adopted the Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • extension of the Rural Urban Boundary to include Pararēkau and Kuahingahinga Islands.
  • rezone Pararekau (northern) Island from Countryside Living to Single House.
  • the underlying zoning of Clevedon Waterways to be changed from the Rural Coastal zone to Rural Settlement, Neighbourhood Centre and Informal Recreation zones and a new precinct.

 

The Governing Body rejected the Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • removal of the Rural Urban Boundary at Crater Hill and Pukaki Peninsula, Puhinui.

 

West 

The Governing Body adopted the Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • extension of the RUB into the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area and Waitakere Foothills Zone at the following locations:
  • 7–11 Christian Road, Swanson (rezone to Residential – Large Lot)
  • 112 Simpson Road, Henderson Valley (rezone to Residential – Single House)
  • 121-123 Parrs Cross Road, Oratia (rezone to Residential – Single House)

The Governing Body rejected the Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • no mechanisms within the Redhills precinct relating to the provision of transport infrastructure.
  • No indicative roading pattern required to achieve an effective transport network in the Westgate Precinct.

 

Rodney 

The Governing Body adopted the Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • extension to the Rural Urban Boundary in the following areas:
  • North of Hatfields Beach
  • West of Orewa from the Grand Drive motorway interchange and south  to Wainui;
  • Pine Valley Road area;
  • Land at the intersection of Kahikatea Flat Road and Dairy Flat Highway;
  • Dairy Flat east of the motorway including an area around and to the north of the Penlink designation.
  • rezoning of part of the Wainui Future Urban zone to urban zones
  • extension to the Rural Urban Boundary in the following areas:
  • North-East of Warkworth comprising 180 ha of land east of Matakana Road, and on both sides of Sandspit Road
  • West of Warkworth, Future Urban zoning  has been extended to the alignment of the Puhoi to Warkworth Motorway designation on the western side of the Mahurangi River and the Viv Davie Drive and Francis Place country side living area .
  • rezoning of Warkworth Future Urban zones to live zones (Light Industry and General Business):
  • Warkworth North bounded by the Showgrounds, Great North Road and Goatley Road rezoned to Light Industry
  • Warkworth West on the corner of Hudson Road and Great North Road rezoned to General Business.
  • the deletion of the Riverhead 2 and Riverhead 4 precincts and the rezoning of part of the land (389ha), adjoining Riverhead, under the former precinct rezoned from Future Urban Zone to Rural – Countryside Living Zone.
  • addition of a new precinct at Hatfields Beach
  • the deletion of the Gulf Harbour precinct and the rezoning of areas from Mixed Housing Suburban zone to Terraced Housing and Apartment Buildings zone.

 

The Governing Body rejected the Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • no mechanisms within the new Wainui precinct for the provision of transport infrastructure
  • rezoning of the Kumeu Showgrounds from Mixed Rural to Countryside Living
  • the application of the Large Lot zone at 47-61 Dawson Road, Snells Beach

 

North 

The Governing Body adopted Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • the deletion of the Milford 2 precinct 

The Governing Body rejected the Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • the deletion of the precinct and reliance upon the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) designation (Designation 6010).
  • the deletion of the Takapuna 2 precinct and reliance upon the provisions of the underlying zones (Terraced House and Apartment Buildings and Business – Metropolitan).

 

In addition, the Governing Body requested staff to provide more information regarding Okura before finalising their decisions.

 

Central

The Governing Body rejected Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • the deletion of the Sylvia Park precinct and reliance on the underlying Metropolitan Centre Zone.

 

Unitary Plan Papakura overview
Unitary Plan Papakura overview

 

Part D – Panel recommendations on technical matters.

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022 Natural hazards and flooding and 026 General others

The Governing Body adopted Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • changes to the status of activities within Flood Hazard areas.

 

The Governing Body rejected Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • replacing the 1 per cent annual exceedance probability (AEP) flood hazard with the 2 per cent annual exceedance probability (AEP) flood hazard in urban areas.
  • no controls for buildings within floodplains to prevent the exacerbation of flood hazards.
  • no controls to manage a change of use to vulnerable activities  existing buildings within floodplains.
  • amending the definition of coastal storm inundation 1 per cent annual exceedance probability plus 1 metre of sea level rise to not include to maps.
  • no consent requirement for new buildings in the activity table for the coastal storm inundation 1 per cent annual exceedance probability plus 1 metre of sea level rise area.

 

025 – Trees 

The Governing Body rejected Panel’s recommendations in relation to: 

  • the deletion of scheduled items from the Schedule of Notable Trees which does not comply with section 76(4A)-(4D).
  • the deletion of scheduled items from the Schedule of Notable Tree with no explanation or reasoning.
  • trimming of up to 20 percent of notable trees live growth as a permitted activity, subject to complying with specific standards.

 

038 – Contaminated land

 The Governing Body rejected Panel’s recommendations in relation to: 

  • the inclusion of contaminated land in the accidental discovery control provisions.
  • changes to rules for discharges of contaminants from disturbing soil on land containing elevated levels of contaminants.
  • deletion of the definition of land containing elevated levels of contaminants.

 

039 – Hazardous substances and industrial and trade activities 

The Governing Body rejected Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • amendments to the definition of clean fill material which removes differentiation between clean fill and managed fills.

 

041 – Earthworks and minerals 

The Governing Body rejected Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • the deletion of Kauri dieback provisions

 

042 – Infrastructure 

The Governing Body rejected Panel’s recommendations in relation to:

  • no objective to manage the adverse effects of infrastructure in the District Plan provisions for infrastructure.
  • the tagging of the infrastructure objectives and policies as regional coastal provisions.
  • electric vehicle charging stations should be permitted activities in roads.
  • deletion of the standards for minor infrastructure upgrading in the standards for activities in roads.
  • no default activity status for minor infrastructure upgrading where an upgrade to an existing network utility exceeds the specified standard.
  • increasing the permitted threshold for the trimming and alteration of trees in streets and public open spaces subject to meeting specific standards including an agreed tree management plan.
  • extending standards on vegetation removal within a Significant Ecological Area to roads.
  • the inclusion of standards relating to earthworks (filling) within a floodplain associated with road works.
  • the inclusion of standards relating to earthworks (filling) within overland flow paths associated with road works.
  • limitations on earthworks within overlays for road network activities.

—ends—

 

Final deliberations on the Unitary Plan should conclude on Monday. From there the Plan goes live subject to appeals.

 

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