A permissive approach to development has led to adverse impacts on urban character, amenity and infrastructure provision and created incompatible land uses.
In the District, there are a number of commercial and industrial activities on unserviced rural land which have located there due to lower costs and minimal regulation. This has resulted in an inefficient use of existing infrastructure and has made infrastructure planning and deployment difficult to forecast and undertake.
Some urban zoned land (commercial, mixed-use, industrial, and residential) in our District is not currently serviced by infrastructure.
An urban zoning leads to an expectation that services are either already available or will be provided to enable development to occur. However, demand for urban infrastructure must be balanced against what our communities can afford. Consideration should be given to the provision of on-site infrastructure to promote community resilience to climate change. The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2018 has emphasised the need for the Council to coordinate land for growth and infrastructure.
Key issues are addressed by:
- A Mixed Use Zone, which replaces the Commercial Zone, enabling town revitalisation.
- Light and Heavy Industrial Zones, which encourage the right activities in the right places.
- Maximising use of infrastructure, so it is more cost-effective.