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

​​​9.1 Purpose

​​​​​​a)​ The industrial land base in the City is a key economic driver for the regional economy. Industrial land in the City represents a finite and valuable resource that needs to be recognised and protected. There is evidence of considerable retail and office development having occurred in the industrial areas over the last decade resulting in adverse effects on the amenity, viability and vitality of the City Centre. ​
b)​ District Plan provisions are generally enabling and aim to complement the City’s commercial activities, both in the Central City zone and in other business centres. This complementary role includes providing locations for industrial activities that are unsuitable for commercial centres, and reducing the potential for non-industrial activities establishing in industrial locations.​
c)​ The Industrial Zone provisions seek to ensure that industrial land is not occupied by land activities that are non-industrial, unless they are either ancillary to industrial activity, support industrial activities, or are more appropriately located within an industrial environment than a business centre. This will reduce the potential for industrial land to be diluted by non-industrial activities, resulting in pressure for new industrial land to be zoned elsewhere, and for existing industrial land to be rezoned for commercial activity.​ In limited circumstances, supermarkets may locate out-of-centre in the Industrial Zone provided suitable land is not available within the business centres and where it can be demonstrated that the primacy, function, vitality, and amenity of the centres within the business hierarchy are not undermined.
d)​ The rule provisions place restrictions on the scale of retail and office activities in industrial areas. This is in order to manage the potential for significant adverse effects on the Central City arising both individually and cumulatively from out-of-centre development.​
The Rotokauri Employment Area, as identified on the Rotokauri Structure Plan, provides for a wide range of light industrial activities in a high amenity environment. This area also provides for the operational needs of the Crawford Street Freight Village.​
​f)​The Riverlea Industrial Area, as identified in Appendix 6, Figure 6-1, provides for a range of light and service industrial activities. Its location within close proximity to sensitive land uses means that the establishment of heavy industrial and noxious or offensive activities is not considered to be desirable or appropriate.
g)​Amenity Protection Areas will be used at the Industrial Zone's interface with Residential and other sensitive areas in order to minimise adverse effects of industrial activities and thereby to maintain amenity values in the adjacent Residential Zone or other sensitive areas.
h)​The  Te Rapa corridor is a confined overlay that recognises existing office and retail activities which have been lawfully established under the previous planning regime. It provides for continuation of existing office and retail activities within defined thresholds which reflect the standards in the previous district plan whilst encouraging a return to industrial uses. The expansion of existing activities or establishment of any new or additional retail or office activities/ tenancies is not envisaged in this area.​
i)​The  area at 980 Te Rapa Road between Maui Street and Eagle Way identified in Fig 9.3a adjoins open space, residential and commercial activities and is also adjacent to the Te Rapa Sub Regional Centre. This is an area in a state of land use transition from heavy industrial use to more non-industrial type activities. Given its location and surrounding land uses, on those specific lots identified provision is made for managed care facilities; retirement village, rest homes and visitor accommodation providing adverse effects are mitigated.​
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