1.1.3 Plan Structure

​​​​​​​The District Plan is made up of the following sections:

a) Plan Overview

The Plan Overview contains material to assist plan users to understand and interpret the District Plan. The Introduction outlines the purpose of the District Plan, how to use the District Plan, an overview of the resource consent process, the activity status for any activity not mentioned in the District Plan, notification defaults, and an explanation about the rules which are given immediate effect upon notification of the District Plan.

b) Strategic Chapter

This outlines the strategic objectives and policies for the future direction of the City. It is intended that the Objectives and Policies of this chapter provide a hierarchy of district-wide strategic considerations that sit over the Objectives and Policies of specific zones, sites and features.

c) Structure Plan Chapter

This sets out objectives and policies that apply to all Structure Plan areas. When subdivision and/or development are proposed within a Structure Plan area it must be in general ​accordance with these objectives and policies where relevant. 

d) Zone and Other Chapters

These set out the subdivision and financial contribution provisions, planning zones, sites and features of the City and the objectives, policies and rules which apply to each.

e) City Wide Chapter

This outlines the objectives, policies and rules which apply across all planning zones in the City and is broken into sections covering topics such as development suitability, earthworks and vegetation, events and temporary activities, hazardous facilities, landscaping and screening, lighting and glare, network utilities and the electricity national grid corridor, noise and vibration, public art, signs, smoke/fumes/dust and odour, solid waste, Three Waters, transportation, and urban design.

f) District Plan Administration

This appendix is cross-referenced from City-wide and Zone chapters and includes:

i. Definitions and Terms (1.1)
• Acronyms Used in the District Plan (1.1.1)
This section lists and defines the acronyms used throughout the District Plan.

• Definitions Used in the District Plan (1.1.2)
This section lists and defines words and phrases that are used throughout the District Plan.
ii. Information Requirements (1.2)
Information requirements list information that must be provided with a resource consent application. Included is a list of generic information as well as specific information required for identified activities.
iii. Assessment Criteria (1.3)
• Guide to Using the Criteria (1.3.1)
This section provides a guide as to how the District Plan Assessment Criteria Section works.

• Controlled Activities – Matters of Control (1.3.2)
This section contains the matters of control for identified controlled activities.

• Restricted Discretionary, Discretionary and Non-Complying Assessment Criteria (1.3.3)
This section contains assessment criteria under subject headings that relate to the ‘Matters of Discretion’ for Restricted Discretionary activities. Discretionary and Non-Complying Activities will use this criteria where relevant for preparing an application with specific reference to the general criteria in A2.
iv. Design Guides (1.4)
This section contains design guides which Council may consider to assess the effects of any activity requiring consent as a restricted discretionary, discretionary activity or non-complying activity. These are cross referenced from Appendix 1.3.
v. Other Methods of Implementation (1.5)
This section lists other methods to achieve the District Plan objectives and policies.
vi. Existing Use Rights
To show existing use rights apply, one must prove to Council that the activity was legally established, that the effects generated will be the same or similar in character, intensity and scale to those which existed when the activity was established, and that the activity has been continuous.
g) Planning Maps

A separate volume contains planning maps that spatially define zones and features referred to within this text volume. The planning maps identify:

i. Zones.

ii. Designation boundaries.

iii. Features (including scheduled heritage buildings and sites, significant trees, significant natural areas, natural hazard areas, high voltage transmission corridors and character areas).

iv. Rototuna, Rotokauri, Peacocke and Ruakura Structure Plans (including boundaries, staging and land-use).

v. Transport Corridor Hierarchy Plan and proposed road closures.

vi. Hamilton Airport Obstruction Limitation Surface.

h) Section 32 Report

Justification for objectives, policies and rules is contained in the Section 32 Report which is a separate document that accompanies the District Plan.

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