25.5.3 Rules - General Standards

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

​​​​​​​25.5.3.1 Landscaping

​ Landscaping shal​​l be provided in accordance with the following standards.​
​a)​ ​Activities adjacent to a major arterial transport corridor
​i.​​ ​A 2m wide planting strip shall be required along any boundary adjacent to a major arterial transport corridor from which vehicle access is obtained.​
​ii.​A 2m wide buffer strip shall be required along any boundary adjacent to a major arterial transport corridor from which vehicle access is not obtained.​
​iii.​The requirements in (i) and (ii) shall not apply in the City Centre Zone, all Residential Zones, Special Character Zones and Future Urban Zone. 
​b)​ ​Activities in the Industrial Zone (including Amenity Protection Area) ​
​i.​A 1.8m high close-boarded or similar solid fence or wall, and a 1m wide buffer strip shall be required along any side or rear boundary with a Residential or Special Character Zone or Open Space Zone; and 
​ii.​​A 2m wide planting strip shall be required along any boundary adjoining a transport corridor
​iii.​Where a site is wholly or partially within the Amenity Protection Area, a 1.8m high close-boarded or similar solid fence or wall, and a 5m wide buffer strip shall be required along any side or rear boundary with a Residential or Special Character Zone.
​c)​​ ​Activities in the Community Facilities and Knowledge Zones
​i.​A 2m wide planting strip shall be required along the boundary of a site adjacent to any Residential, Special Character or Open Space Zone, and
​ii.​When adjoining a transport corridor, a 30% planting area for the front setback adjoining the transport corridor shall be required.​
iii.​​The requirements in (i) and (ii) shall not apply to the ECMT railway and private roads within the Knowledge Zone.
​d)​​Activities in the Business 1 to 7 Zone ​
​i.​A 2m wide planting strip shall be required along the boundary of a site adjacent to, or facing, any Residential or Special Character Zone.
​e)​​ ​Activities in the Ruakura Industrial Park Zone
​i.​A 1.8m high close-boarded or similar solid fence or wall, and a 2m wide buffer strip shall be required along any side or rear boundary with a Residential or the Knowledge Zone; and
​ii.​Either
​•​A 2m wide planting strip, or
​•​Up to a 1.8m permeable fence and 2m wide planting strip
​ shall be required along any boundary adjoining an Open Space Zone or transport corridor.
​f)​​​ Drive-through services adjacent to a Residential or Special Character Zone
​i.​ ​A 1.8m high close-boarded or similar solid fence or wall, shall be required along any side or rear boundary with a Residential or Special Character Zone, and
​ii.​ ​A 2m wide planting strip shall be required along any front boundary facing any Residential or Special Character Zone 
​g)​​ Ground-level parking spaces, loading spaces and vehicle storage areas adjacent to a transport corridor 
​i.​ Where ground-level parking, loading spaces and vehicle storage areas (not associated with residential units) ​are provided within 5m of a boundary of a transport corridor, a 2m wide planting strip shall be required between that area and the transport corridor boundary 
​ii.​Where ground-level parking spaces associated with residential units are provided within 3m of a boundary of a transport corridor, a 1m wide planting strip shall be required between that area and the transport corridor boundary.
​h)​​ ​ ​External ground-level parking spaces in all Zones
​i.​ ​Parking areas of more than 10 parking spaces shall be landscaped with tree planting and ground cover planting at a rate consistent with Rule 25.5.4.6
​ii.​ ​Parking areas of five or more parking spaces shall have either:
​•​A 2m wide planting strip 
​•Up to a 1.8m high permeable fence and 2m wide planting strip
​ ​between the parking area and the boundary with any Open Space Zone; and
​iii.​Parking areas of five or more parking spaces shall have either:
​•​A 1.8m high close-boarded or similar solid fence or
​•​A 2m wide buffer strip 
​ when along the site boundary, between the parking spaces and any Residential or Special Character Zone
​i)​​ ​ ​Service areas in all Zones
​i.​ ​Where service areas are visible from a transport corridor, any other public space, Residential or Special Character Zones (except where provided by ii below ) they shall be screened from view with either:
​•​A 1.8m high close-boarded or similar solid fence or wall, and a minimum 1m wide buffer strip, or 
​•​A 2m wide buffer strip
​ii.​ ​Service areas associated with residential units shall not be required to be screened from view from other Residential or Special Character zoned lan​d.​
j)​​​  ​Outdoor storage areas in all Zones
​i.​ ​Where outdoor storage areas are visible from a transport corridor, any other public space, Residential or Special Character Zone they shall be screened from view with either:
​•​1.8m high close-boarded or similar solid fence or wall, and a minimum 1m wide buffer strip, or 
​•​A 2m wide buffer strip 
​k)​​Activities in the Ruakura Logistics Zone and the Crawford Street Freight Village
​i.​ ​Where fencing is required to meet specialised security needs (e.g. Ministry of Agricultural quarantine specifications) a 6m high permeable fence may be used, provided that a 10m planting or buffer strip shall be provided along boundaries with any transport corridor or Open Space Zone.
​•​A 2m wide planting strip, or
​•​A 1.2m or 1.8m permeable fence and 2m wide planting strip
​ ​shall be required along any boundary adjoining an Open Space Zone or transport corridor
​l)​​ ​ ​Utility Buildings/Cabinets
​​i.​The requirements of Rules 25.5.3.1 (a) –  (k) do not apply to the small utility buildings/cabinets not exceeding 10m2/3m high, and network utility support poles and antennas.  ​

 

 25.5.3.2 Implementation

​All planting shall be implemented within the first planting season after any buildings and other site works are completed.​

25.5.3.3 Planting Strips, Buffer Strips and Planting Areas​

​Planting strips, buffer strips and planting areas shall not be: ​
​ i.​Required on​ that part of any boundary required for pedestrian or vehicle access to the site.​
​ ii.​Required within an approach sight distance triangle as outlined in Rule 25.14.4.4.​
​ iii.​Used for outdoor storage, parking or vehicle manoeuvring.​

25.5.3.4 Frangible Vegetation

Where a buffer strip or planting strip is to be located within 5m of the carriageway of an arterial transport corridor with a posted speed limit greater than 70 kilometres per hour all vegetation within the strip shall be frangible.​​

25.5.3.5 Maintenance

All fences and planting required by 25.5.3.1 shall be maintained in a manner to ensure ongoing compliance with relevant standards in this chapter. This will require regular care of planted areas, the timely repair or replacement of damaged fences, and the replacement of dead, dying or diseased planting.​​


Note

1. Guidance on selecting plant species appropriate to the site conditions is available from Council.
2. Particular care needs to be taken in selecting and locating specimen trees for planting, for example tree species which tend towards an expansive root system are an inappropriate choice for planting near underground network utilities. Guidance should be sought on appropriate species and local site constraints to ensure that the tree suits the site and any constraints. ​​

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