This chapter is subject to the following plan change- Proposed Plan Change 2- Te Awa Lakes Private Plan Change

​​​​​​​​4.8 Rules - Specific Standards - Ruakura Medium-Density Residential Zone ​

4.8.1 One Integrated Retail Development (see Figure 2-14 Ruakura Structure Plan - Land use (Appendix 2))​

​​​a)​Activities shall only consist of:​​​ ​
• Retail
• Cafes/Restaurants
• Offices
• Healthcare services
• Community facilities
• Childcare facilities
​Combined gross flo​​​​or area of all tenancies​​Maximum o​f 3500m²​
​Gross floor area per tenancy (excluding offices) ​Maximum 399m²
​​​​Gross floor area for office tenancies​Maximum 250m²​
​Only one integrated retail development shall be provided within the Medium Density Residential Zone.
​c)​Maximum Building Height: 10 metres​
​d)​​Where any boundary adjoins a residential boundary, no part of any building shall penetrate a height control plane rising at an angle of 45 degrees beginning at an elevation of 3m above the boundary.  Elements such as flues, flagpoles, open balustrades shall be exemp​t.
​e)​Building setbacks
Front Boundary: 5 metres when fronting an arterial road.
Side and Rear Boundaries: 1.5 metres where the boundary adjoins a residential boundary or Open Space Zone.
​f)​​A maximum building intensity (floor area Ratio) of 1:1 shall apply.
​g)​Service Areas

Any building shall provide service areas as follows:
​i.​​At least one service area of not less than 10m2 or 1% of the gross floor area of the building, whichever is the greater.
ii.Any additional service areas shall not:
•   Be less than 5m2 
•   Have a minimum dimension of less than 2.5m​
iii.Any outdoor service area shall be maintained with an all-weather, dust free surface.
iv.A service area may be located within a building provided that it is separately partitioned with an exterior door directly accessible by service vehicles.​
​v.​Any services area shall not encroach on to areas required by this District Plan for other purposes (e.g. parking, loading, landscaping and screening).
​Outdoor storage

Any outdoor storage area used for storage of goods and materials shall:
i.​Be laid out and used in a manner that does not conflict with vehicle access.
ii.​Be maintained with an all-weather, dust free surface.
iii.​Be located away from public view or otherwise screened by fencing and landscaping.

iv.Not encroach on areas required by this District Plan for other purposes (e.g. parking, loading, landscaping and screening).
​​i)​​ ​No roller doors, or similar, which may obscure windows or entranceways may be installed on the front of any building fronting a public space.​​

4.8.2 Building Setbacks

​​a)​Transpot corridor boundary – local and collector roads
except where a garage provides access to a local or a collector road the garage shall be a minimum of 5m from that transport corridor boundary.
​b)T​ransport corridor boundary – arterial roads​5m
c)Side yards 
​i.Side yard east or south​1m
​ii.Side yard west or north​2m​
​iii.​​ ​As an alternative for either i. or ii. above, a zero lot boundary may be used subject to obtaining neighbours consent which may attach to a dwelling on an adjoining allotment.
​d)Rear yard​​3m​
​e)​Waikato Riverbank and Gully Hazard Area​6m (applies to buildings and swimming pools)

Note: Refer to chapter 21 and 22 for objectives and policies relevant to the setback from the Waikato Riverbank and Gully Hazard Area.  ​

​Figure 4.8.2: Side Yards

4.8.3 Interface between Public and Private

a)The front wall of all accessory buildings that are detached, including carports and garages, should be no further forward of the front building line of the dwelling than 0.5m​.
​b)The front wall of accessory buildings that are an integral part of the design and construction of the dwelling shall, if the garage door faces the street, be located no further forward of the front building line of the dwelling than 0.5m, except for a single dwelling on a site with a frontage less than 15m wide the garage door shall be setback a minimum of 0.5m from the front building line of the dwelling.
c)​Maximum garage width of 50% of the front building line of the dwelling on a site with a frontage less than 15m wide.
​d)Any wall, except the wall containing the garage door, of an accessory building facing the street must consist of at least 20% of glazed materials.
​e)For front sites, the primary entrance on the ground floor shall face the street and provide pedestrian access separated from the driveway.
​f)​At least one habitable room shall have a clear-glazed window facing the street. For corner sites and sites with two transport corridor frontages, this is required only on the transport corridor frontage from which vehicular access is provided.​
​g)Maximum Fence Heights
​i.​​Front and side boundary fences or walls located forward of the front building line of the dwelling.1.2m
​ii.Front and side boundary fences or walls located forward of the front building line of the dwelling surrounding north facing Outdoor Living Areas that face a transport corridor.1.8m (with 50% or more of the fence visually permeable).
​iii.For sites adjoining an Open Space Area as shown on Figure 2-14: Ruakura Structure Plan – Land Use (Appendix 2), fences or walls located between the dwelling and the Area boundary.1.5m (with 50% permitted at 1.8m provided 50% of that part over 1.5m is visually permeable).
​iv.All other boundary fences or walls1.8m.​

4.8.4 Residential Buildings – Separation and Privacy

a)​Residential buildings shall be set back at least 3m from the nearest part of any other residential building on the same site, except:
i.No separation is required between buildings that are attached.
ii.​Where windows are located and designed (including by glazing) to avoid views between rooms in different buildings on the same site, separation distance shall be a minimum of 1.5m.​

4.8.5 Outdoor Living Area

a)​Each residential unit shall be provided with an outdoor living area that is:​​
i.For the exclusive use of each residential unit.​
ii.Readily accessible from a living area inside the residential unit.
iii.Free of driveways, manoeuvring areas, parking spaces, accessory buildings and service areas.
iv.Located on a side of the residential unit which faces north of east or west.​
b)Outdoor living areas for residential units shall be a minimum of 40m2 capable of containing a 6m diameter circle and for ancillary residential units shall be 12m2 capable of containing a 2.5m diameter circle.​
c)The outdoor living area for an ancillary residential unit shall be separate from the outdoor living area provided for the principal residential unit.

1. Any communal open space is optional and is additional to the above provisions.​

4.8.6 Service Areas

Description​ ​​​​Minimum Requirements
​a)​Detached dwellings, duplex dwellings and dwellings in comprehensive  residential developments​​20 m2
Minimum dimension 3m
​b)​Service area for ancillary residential unit​Additional 10m2
Minimum dimension 2.5m
c) All service areas
Readily accessible from each residential unit, not visible from a public place or in a front yard, or yard adjoining the Transport Corridor Zone or Open Space​ Zone.  To be screened from the street and setback a minimum of 2m from primary building frontage. 

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