Temporary Activities

This topic looks at managing temporary activities in the District. Temporary activities, such as a festival or commercial filming, are shorter in duration and have lesser and more tolerable effects on the environment than permanent activities.
However, they can still have effects that warrant management.

Key Issues:

  • A more specific management approach is needed for temporary activities. Presently, these activities often need resource consents, as though they are permanent activities, despite having lesser effects, e.g., shorter duration
  • Some temporary events can generate noise, and other effects, beyond what is expected in a particular zone or environment. As a result, events using electronic sound amplification and fireworks have resulted in noise complaints.

What We’re Thinking:

  • Provide for and manage temporary activities and enable those activities that, because of their short duration, would have more tolerable effects on the surrounding environment than a permanent activity
  • This point extends to mobile trading; temporary events; filming; military training activities; temporary buildings and structures relating to a building or construction project; disaster management accommodation; public and not-for-profit community activities; education activities, and related retailing
  • Permit temporary activities that meet standards such as hours of operation, frequency, and duration and where sites are reinstated to the form and condition they were before the event
  • Leniency for noise levels of temporary events in appropriate locations, such as parks and reserves, where temporary events often occur
  • Manage noise from temporary events through appropriate hours of operation, which is less permissive for amplified electronic sound in, or near, residential areas.

Relevant Information:

Open Space and Recreation Zones, pg 8 (What's the Plan?)
Noise, pg 9 (What's the Plan?)