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The Council has 112 units in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Rangiora and Woodend for people over 65 with limited means.
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The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
The District Plan Review is a collaboration between Council and Community. By providing us with your feedback, you can help shape the future of the reviewed District Plan. It's important that you read about each topic and the key issues we're considering before you submit the survey. This will ensure you're well prepared to answer the questions. We want to make this as easy as possible and recommend you use the yes or no option provided before each section. This will enable you to skip the questions you're not interested in answering.
Please provide your feedback no later than5pm, Monday 6 May 2019.
This is about how densely settled our rural areas should be, and the best way this can be managed through control of new houses and subdivision. At present, four hectare subdivision is provided for across a single rural zone while rural residential is provided in specific locations.
Managing residential development in rural areas is important to ensure that rural land continues to be available and attractive for farming (primary production), recognising that houses are required to support farming. Housing can lead to conflict with new and existing farming operations and vice versa, and take land out of production.
The character of rural areas is important as well. If housing and subdivision intensify, rural character may change and this can also lead to a demand for infrastructure which can be expensive to provide. It is also likely to conflict with aims to concentrate residential growth in existing towns and settlements.
Community feedback through the District Development Strategy and Issues and Options consultations identified that:
The intention is to ensure rural areas are mainly for farming (primary production) and that housing density and subdivision are both managed to ensure land continues to be available for a range of farming and supporting activities, and to maintain rural character.
To do this, the intention is to provide for some further rural residential areas located in accordance with a Rural Residential Development Strategy as the main way of providing for rural living on small lots (average of 5,000m2 to 1ha).
This approach will more efficiently cater for demand to live in rural areas, and do more to keep rural lots at a size suitable for farming.
In line with draft new National Planning Standards, a rural zone would provide for a range of rural activities, as well as a rural residential zone to provide for identified areas of smaller properties where residential living is more significant. This approach could also recognise existing 4ha properties and continue to allow a house to be built.
This is a different approach to the current District Plan, and we are interested in your views.
waimakariri.govt.nz/districtdevelopmentwaimakariri.govt.nz/ruralresidentialwaimakariri.govt.nz/districtplanreview - see Rural District Plan Effectiveness Review Paperwaimakariri.govt.nz/dpr-rural-zonewaimakariri.govt.nz/district-plan-review-feedbackon-issues-and-options-papersEffluent Spreading and Intensive Farming, pg 25 (What's the Plan?)Business Activities in Rural and Residential Zones, pg 29 (What's the Plan?)
This topic looks at how we manage odour caused by spreading liquid animal effluent on to land and intensive farms (farming of plants or animals mainly inside buildings) and how this affects residential living.
waimakariri.govt.nz/dpr-rural-zone Rural Lot Size and Development - including Rural Residential, pg 23 (What's the Plan?)Business Activities in Rural and Residential Zones, pg 29 (What's the Plan?)