23.2 Objectives and Policies: Subdivision

ObjectivePolicies​
23.2.1
To ensure th​at risk to people, the environment and property is not exacerbated by subdivision.​ ​ ​ ​ ​
23.2.1a
Subdivision:
i.​Does not result in increased risk of erosion, subsidence, slippage or inundation.​
ii.​Minimises any adverse effects on water quality.​
iii.​Ensures that a building platform can be accommodated within the subdivided allotment clear of any areas subject to natural hazards.​
iv.​Ensures that any risks associated with soil contamination are appropriately remedied as part of the subdivision process.​
​v.​Ensures reverse sensitivity mitigation measures avoid or minimise effects such as  noise associated from an arterial transport corridor or State Highway.

Explanation

The policies ensure that land is suitable for subdivision and will not increase risks to people, the environment and property.

​Objective Policies​
23.2.2
Subdivision contributes to the achievement of functional, attractive, sustainable, safe and well designed environments.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
23.2.2a
Subdivision:​
i.​ Is in general accordance with Subdivision Design Assessment Criteria to achieve good amenity and design outcomes.​
ii.​ Is in ge​neral accordance with any relevant Structure Plan.​
iii.​ Is in general accordance with any relevant Integrated Catchment Management Plan.​
iv.​ Maintains and, where possible, enhances existing amenity values.​
v.​ Promotes energy, water and resource efficiency.​
vi.​ Provides for the recreational needs of the community.​
vii.​ Discourages cross-lease land ownership.​
viii.​ Ensures that any allotment is suitable for activities anticipated for the zone in which the subdivision is occurring.​
ix.​ Contributes to the achievement of identified residential yield requirements over time where appropriate.​
x.​ Avoids or minimises adverse effects on the safe and efficient operation, maintenance of and access to network utilities and the transport network.​
xi.​ Is avoided where significant adverse effects on established network utilities or the transport network are likely to occur.​
xii.​ Promotes connectivity and the integration of transport networks.​
xiii.​ Provides appropriate facilities for walking, cycling and passenger transport usage.​
xiv.​ Provides and enhances public access to and along the margins of the Waikato River and the City’s lakes, gullies and rivers.​
xv.​ Facilitates good amenity and urban design outcomes by taking existing electricity transmission infrastructure into account in subdivision design, and where possible locating compatible activities such as infrastructure, roads or open space under or in close proximity to electricity transmission infrastructure.​
xvi.​ Ensures that a compliant building platform can be accommodated within the subdivided allotment outside of the National Grid Yard.​

Explanation

Subdivision has a lasting impact on the built form and function of a city. These policies require that the subdivision process respond to the range of form and function matters, such as urban design and resource efficiency, identified in the policy in order to achieve good environmental and built form outcomes in Hamilton City. 

​Objective Policies​
23.2.3​
Medium-Density Residential Zone and Rototuna Town Centre Zone areas are developed comprehensively.​
23.2.3a
Subdivision that creates additional allotments in the Medium-Density Residential Zone or the Rototuna Town Centre Zone does not occur without an approved Comprehensive Development Plan or Land Development Consents for Ruakura and Te Awa Lakes.​ ​

Explanation

 
Comprehensive Development Plans are a useful tool to ensure a comprehensive approach to the layout and design of medium-density development. The Board of Inquiry Decision for Ruakura included a Land Development Consent process to ensure a comprehensive approach to layout and design within the medium density development occurs. 
  
Objective Policies​
23.2.4
To ensure the provision of​ infrastructure services as part of the subdivision process.
23.2.4a
Subdivision:
i.​ Provides an adequate level of infrastructure and services appropriate for the proposed development.
ii.​ Takes into account and shall not compromise the infrastructural needs of anticipated future development.​
iii.​ Does not occur unless appropriate infrastructure and/or infrastructure capacity is available to service the proposed development.
iv.​ Ensures that the capacity, efficiency, performance and sustainability of the wider infrastructure network is not compromised.
v.​ Uses public infrastructure ahead of private infrastructure where appropriate.​

Explanation

Acceptable means of compliance for the provision, design and construction of infrastructure is contained within the Hamilton City Infrastructure Technical Specifications. The Ruakura Structure Plan area includes two areas of Large Lot Residential Zones which are not anticipated to be serviced with Three Waters infrastructure, and should accommodate on-site servicing. Parts of the Future Urban Zone, where rural uses are to predominate, will also contain on-site servicing.

​Objective Policies​
23.2.5
Subdivision occurs in a manner that recognises historic heritage and natural environments.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
23.2.5a
Subdivision avoids, remedies or mitigates adverse effects on:​
i.​ Scheduled heritag​​​e items.​
ii.​ Scheduled archaeological and cultural sites.​
iii.​ Scheduled significant trees.​
iv.​ Scheduled significant natural areas.​
v.​ The Waikato River and gullies and river banks, lakes, rivers and streams.​
23.2.5b
Subdivision protects, and where possible enhances any:​
i.​ Landforms and natural features.​
ii.​ Vegetation.​
23.2.5c
Subdivision of land which protects and enhances the riparian margins of the Waikato River and the City’s lakes, gullies and rivers.​

Explanation

Subdivision and the associated development of land often involves modification and this has the potential to cause or exacerbate adverse effects. These effects should be managed through the location and design of subdivision.

ObjectivePolicies​
23.2.6​
Subdivision of an existing, or an approved, development shall have suitable instruments in place to manage individual ownership, and any shared rights and interests in common. 
23.2.6a
To ensure that any subdivision is supported by ​management structures and legal mechanisms  that provides certainty of, and enables effective ongoing, management, maintenance and operation of land, structures, services, apartment buildings, and common areas.

Explanation

The objective and policy ensures that the type of land tenure proposed is the most appropriate to the nature and configuration of underlying development. In the case of fee simple subdivision of apartment buildings, the means by which shared and common components are to be managed by multiple parties is clearly demonstrated and established at the time of application for ​subdivision.      ​

Page reviewed: 23 Feb 2021 4:53pm