The Proposed District Plan incorporates the Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS).
This includes whether or not a development of up to three 3-storey residential buildings can be built on a site. These changes come due to notification of the Proposed District Plan on 18 July 2022.
Building three storey houses
The District Plan now allows for up to three houses to be built on a residential site, where:
- the site is in a residential zone (MRZ or HRZ)
- the proposal meets all of the Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS)
- there is no qualifying matter on the site.
If you meet all of these requirements then the Proposed District Plan rules are now operative.
The MDRS allow for the construction of additional household units on a residential site, where the following building standards are met:
|Number of residential units:
|No more than 3
|11m high (with an additional 1m for a qualifying pitched roof)
|Height in relation to boundary:
|60° recession plane measured from 4m vertically
|1 metre rear yard (except on corner sites)
|Maximum 50% coverage of net site area
|Outdoor living space:
At least 20m² for residential units at ground floor level
At least 8m² with minimum dimension of 1.8m for residential units above ground floor level
Ability for outdoor living space to be provided cumulatively in communally accessible location
|Outlook space (per unit):
|4m x 4m space from principal living room
1m x 1m space from all other habitable rooms
|Windows to street:
|Minimum of 20% glazing of the street front elevation
|For residential units at ground floor at least 20% of the site developed with grass or plants
Front and side yards
We have not adopted the MDRS requiring a 1.5 metre front yard setback and a 1 metre side yard set-back. This means that the operative District Plan set back requirements apply to yards. If you want to build three household units on a site but infringe the yard standard in the operative District Plan then resource consent will be required under Rule 5.3.4 for infringing the operative yards standard (refer to standard 188.8.131.52).
If you don’t meet the standards
If your proposal doesn't meet one of the above standards, then you will need resource consent under the operative District Plan rule. The relevant permitted activity standard is the MDRS in the proposed District Plan.
- if you exceed the 11m building height standard, then you will need resource consent under the proposed District Plan height standard.
- if you exceed the 50% building coverage standard, then you will need resource consent under the proposed District Plan site coverage standard.
‘Qualifying matters’ are characteristics that apply to a site that might limit the level of development there.
We identified that the following qualifying matters will limit development potential:
- Heritage, excluding scheduled archaeological sites
- Coastal hazards
- Natural hazards
- Character precincts (MRZ-PREC-01 and MRZ-PREC-02)
- Air noise overlay
- Operative District Plan national grid (high voltage transmission line) 32m buffer.
If one of these qualifying matters applies to your site the proposed District Plan provisions (MDRS) will not have immediate legal effect and you will need resource consent under the operative District Plan.
To check if there is a qualifying matter on your site, check the Proposed District Plan.
Note: There are a number of other qualifying matters, however, these are not listed above as they do not limit development potential or prevent the MDRS from having immediate legal effect.
At this stage the building standards in the operative District Plan will apply and not the MDRS. This means that you do not have the additional development potential.
Refer to the questions below if your qualifying matter is a hazard, a character precinct or in the national grid buffer zone.