25.2.4 Rules - General Standards

This section is subject to the following plan change- Proposed Plan Change 6- Regulatory Efficiency and Effectiveness Plan Chang​e​​​​​

​​​​​ Earthworks in All Zones

​a) Where f​ill material is used it is required to be clean fill.​
b)​ All earthworks or areas of bare earth not being worked for three months or more shall be stabilised and sown with ground cover.​
c)​ All earthworks shall retain sediment on site through implementation and maintenance of sediment controls. This standard does not apply to the transportation of material off site.​
d)​ All earthworks activities shall be managed to avoid material deposits on public roads from any vehicles operating on site.​
​e)​Earthworks shall not obstruct or divert any stormwater overland flow path or result in changed stormwater drainage patterns on adjacent land in different ownership.
​i.​​Rule e) does not apply within the Transport Corridor Zone
​f)Earthworks must not result in any instability of land or structures at or beyond the boundary of the site where the land disturbance occurs.
g) ​Earthworks must not cause malfunction or result in damage to network utilities, or change the cover over network utilities so as to create the potential for damage or malfunction.
​h)Earthworks volumes must not exceed the following maximums in any single activity or cumulative activities in any calendar year following commencement of earthworks activities:
Rototuna North East Character Zone and Special Natural Zone
​All Other Residential and Special Character Zones​All Other Zones​
​Earthworks associated with any activity requiring building consent (including associated site works)​​500m3​500m3​Unlimited
​Earthworks associated with subdivision​500m3​500m3​1000m3
​All other earthworks​40m3​100m3​1000m3
1. The above volume standards do not apply to:
     (a)  Transport Corridor Zone
     (b)  Activities authorised by a consent for a concept plan for a Major Facility prepared under Chapter 17
     (c)  A Concept Plan Consent for a Precinct prepared under Chapter 8​
2. Refer to Chapter 22 regarding earthworks in Natural Hazard Areas.
3. Refer to Erosion & Sediment Control: Guidelines for Soil Disturbing Activities, which is available on the Waikato Regional Council website: www.waikatoregion.govt.nz​ Earthworks Within any National Grid Yard

​a) Earthworks within a National Grid Yard shall:​
i.​ Be no deeper than 300mm within 2.2m of a transmission pole support structure or stay wire. ​
ii.​ Be n​​o deeper than 750mm between 2.2m and 5m from a transmission pole support structure or stay wire.​
iii.​ Be no deeper than 300mm within 6m of the outer visible edge of a transmission tower support structure.​
iv.​ Be no deeper than 3m between 6m and 12m from the outer visible edge of a transmission tower support structure.​
v.​ Not create an unstable batter that will affect a transmission support structure. ​
vi.​ Not result in a reduction in the ground to conductor clearance distances as required by NZECP.​
​Provided that:
vii.Earthworks undertaken by a Network Utility Operator are exempt from i to iv above.
viii.​Earthworks undertaken as part of agricultural or domestic cultivation, or repair, sealing or resealing of a transport corridor, footpath or driveway are exempt from i to iv above.​
​ix.​Vertical holes less than 500mm in diameter and more than 1.5m from the outer edge of a pole support structure or stay wire are exempt from i and ii above.

1. ​Consultation with Transpower New Zealand Limited (or its successor) is advised when undertaking any earthworks under or adjacent to high voltage transmission lines. Transpower New Zealand will be an affected party for any earthworks not meeting the standards in Rule where the earthworks occur within the Ruakura Structure Plan area. In other areas this will be determined in accordance with S95E of the RMA. ​​
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