7.5 Rules - Specific Standards

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

7.5.1 Protection of the Riverbank 

a)​ ​​  ​  ​ The development or redevelopment of any site within the Riverfront Overlay area (see Volume 2, Appendix 5, Figure 5-1), or Key Development Site 6 (see Volume 2, Appendix 5, Figure 5-9) shall comply with the following.​
i.​ Any work located within 15m of the river boundary, as shown on Appendix 5, Figure 5-1, is carried out in a manner which ensures the protection of the riverbank; except Lot 2 DPS 24594 to the northern boundary of Lot 3 DPS 71126, a distance of 20m from the river boundary applies.​
ii.​ Any such work shall require an as​​sessment by a qualified geotechnical engineer on the stability of the area and the measures required to ensure that the stability of the riverbank is maintained, with particular regard to the avoidance of damage to the adjoining riverbank reserve and the river.​
iii.​ All stormwater discharges shall be reticulated directly to the Council’s stormwater system and no discharge to the riverbank shall be allowed.​

1. Parts of the area covered by this rule fall within identified hazard areas (refer to Chapter 22: Natural Hazards) or archaeological and cultural sites (refer Chapter 19: Historic Heritage).

7.5.2 Setback from the Riverbank

a)​ From the top of the bank (or in a location approved by Council) a minimum s​​etback from eastern site boundaries adjoining the western bank of the Waikato riverbank of 5m shall apply (this includes the 5m minimum width of the riverfront promenade), see Figure 1.4.6c in Appendix 1, Volume 2 .​
​b)​The setback requirements in this rule do not apply to any structure provided as part of the riverfront promenade.

1. Council will take as a financial contribution (in the form of land), any land on the riverbank side of the promenade for vesting as recreation reserve in accordance with Rule 24.3.
2. The riverfront promenade will be constructed as a Council responsibility to a basic standard at ground level with provision for adequate lighting. 
3. See 22.5.6 for setback from the Waikato Riverbank and Gully Hazard Area.

7.5.3 Residential

a) T​he following standards shall apply to residential units, including apartments at ground floor or above ground floor, residential centres and ancillary residential units. Unless specifically noted, they do not apply to visitor accommodation.​

Minimum densities within the Central City Zone shall be in accordance with the table below (residential units/ha; based on net site area).
City Living
Precinct 1
Precinct 2
Precinct 3
50 residential units /ha net
40 residential units /ha net
30 residential units /ha net
c)​ Where mixed-use is provided for within a development (e.g. residential and office or retail), the density requirements of Rule 7.5.4(b) shall be applied on a pro rata basis relative to the percentage of development that is residential (e.g. where a development is made up of 60% residential activities in Precinct 1, a density requirement of 60% of 50 residential units/ha (50 dwellings/ha x 60%) shall be required). ​
d) Outdoor Living Areas​
Each residential unit, except for when a communal area is provided,​ shall be provided with an outdoor living area that is: 
  • For the exclusive use of each residential unit.
  • Readily accessible from a living area inside the residential unit.
  • Free of driveways, manoeuvring areas, parking spaces, accessory buildings and service areas.
  • Located on a side of the residential unit which faces north, east or west (refer Figure 7.5.3e). For the purposes of this standard, a side that faces north, east or west means the area to the:
​o  West of the westernmost and/or easternmost corners of the dwelling and/or
o  West of the west facing façade aligned at no more than 15 degrees to the north-south axis, and/or
o  East of the east facing façade aligned at no more than 15 degrees to the north-south axis.​
​ii.​Communal open space for 4 or more residential units and apartment buildings shall comply with 7.5.3 d)i., bullet points 3 and 4 as well as being:

•   For the shared use of all residents on the site, and
•   Readily accessible from all residential units on site.​

Figure 7.5.3e: Outdoor living area – north, east or west

iii.​ Outdoor living areas for residential units shall have areas and dimensions as follows.
Residential units
Outdoor living area per residential unit1
​Ancillary residential units
No dimension less than 2.5m
​Apartments above ground-floor level
No dimension less than 2.5m
​Apartments at ground-floor level
Capable of containing a 2.5m diameter circle
​D.  Communal open space for apartment buildingsUp to 7 residential units –12m2 per unit

8 or more residential units – 8m2 per unit
Capable of containing a circle with the following diameter:

4-7 residential units – 6m

8 or more residential units –8m

No dimension less than 2.5m

1. Communal open space is an alternative to, and not in addition to, individual outdoor living areas for each residential unit.
2.  The outdoor living area for an ancillary residential unit shall be separate from the outdoor living area provided for the principal residential unit.​
​e)​ ​
Storage Areas

Each residential unit shall be provided with a storage​ area:

•   Located at or below ground-floor level, readily accessible to that residential unit, secure and weatherproof.
•   A minimum of 1.8m long by 1m high by 1m deep.​

1. The provision of a private, secure garage accessible only by the occupiers of the residential unit is considered to meet this requirement. (A shared parking garage is not sufficient to meet this standard).
f)​ Residential Unit Size ​
i.​ The minimum gross floor area required in respect of each residential unit shall be:

Form of Residential Unit
Floor Area
Studio unit
Minimum 35m2
1 bedroom unit
Minimum 45m2
2 bedroom unit
Minimum 70m2
3 or more bedroom unit​Minimum 90m2
ii.​ In any one apartment building containing in excess of 20 residential units, the combined number of one-bedroom units and stu​​dio units shall not exceed 50% of the total number of residential units within the building.​
g)​ Daylight Standards

Residential units shall be designed to achieve the following minimum daylight standards.​
i.​ Living rooms and living/dining areas: a total clear-glazed area of exterior wall no less than 20% of the floor area of that space.
ii.​ Bedrooms (excluding studio units, and any bedroom that complies with iii. below):
a minimum of one bedroom with a total clear-glazed area of exterior wall no less than 20% of the floor area of that space.
No more than one bedroom in any residential unit may rely on natural light borrowed from another naturally lit room provided:
  • The maximum distance of the bedroom from the natural light source window shall be 6m.
  • The minimum total clear-glazed area of the light source shall be no less than 20% of the floor area of that bedroom.​
h)​ External Outlook Area

Each residential unit shall have an external outlook area that:​
i.​ Is provided from the face of the building containing windows to a habitable room, and
ii.​ Has a minimum depth of 6m, measured perpendicular from the face of the window area.
​iii.​Where a habitable room has two or more walls containing windows, the outlook area shall be provided from the face with the greatest window area.​
i)​ ​​Primary and Secondary Active Frontages

On primary and secondary frontages identified within Volume 2, Appendix 5, Figure 5-7: Active Frontages Overlay Plan, ground floor pedestrian entrances to upper-floor residential units shall be a maximum width of 4m. Residential units shall not be located at ground floor level on primary frontages.

7.5.4 Interface Between Public and Private

​a) The front wall o​f all accessory buildings shall be set back at least 1.5m behind the front building line established by any building.​
b)​ For front, corner and through sites, the primary entrance on the ground floor of all buildings (excluding accessory buildings) shall face the street. ​

​7.5.5 Yard-Based Retailing

a)​ All yard-based retailing shall have the yard located at the rear of the site (i.e. be located behind a building facing the street). Rear sites are exempt from this require​​ment.​

7.5.6 Rules – Civic Square

a)​ The Objectives, Policies and Rules of the Destination Open Space Zone shall apply to Civic Square (PU4 Lot 2 DPS 64212 (CT 53B/284)).


1. Part of PU4 Lot 2 DPS 64212 (CT 53B/284) is formed public road (Worley Place) and is zoned separately as Transport Corridor Z​​one.


Page reviewed: 19 Jul 2019 3:30pm