Number and types of new buildings within the rural area
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Purpose of indicator
Monitoring new buildings in the rural area helps us to understand what type and the level of development happening there. In general, development in this area should be of a rural residential and rural working environment nature to ensure the intended character and amenity is kept, but also to support the primary production purpose of the rural area. This is important as primary production is one of the district’s key economic drivers.
Current information and trend
Most building consents for new dwellings and new sleepouts in the rural zones were within the Rural A zone (figures 1 and 2). The Rural A zone has the largest area of all zones in the district and of all the rural zones is most suited for primary production activities. Because of this the Rotorua District Plan and Proposed District Plan address issues of reverse sensitivity potentially caused by rural residential living within a rural working environment.
All other rural zones are rural residential zones intended for residential / lifestyle living. See Table 1 for a description of types of rural zones in the Rotorua Operative District Plan. Figures 1 and 2 show that other than in the Rural A zone, new dwellings and new sleepouts are common in the Rural B and E zones.
Figure 1 shows a year on year decline in the number of building consents issued for new dwellings in the rural zones. This is likely due to the economy slowing down following 2007/08. A decline is also seen in the number of sleepouts after 2007/08, however these are small numbers and may not be significant enough to indicate a real trend.
* New sleepouts may have been standalone or as part of a new garage, shed or barn or alteration to these.
Most building consents issued for new buildings other than dwellings in the rural zones were also in the Rural A zone as shown in figure 3. There are a wide range of building types including those that support primary production, rural residential living and public infrastructure, however the most common type of building consent was for garages. The most common types of building consents relating to farming / primary production were ‘other farm building’, ‘implement shed’ ‘barn/shed’, ‘cow/calf shed’ and ‘hay barn’. Some that were less common were ‘herd home’, ‘milking shed’ and ‘tunnel/glasshouse’.
Less common in the Rural A zone were building consents other than for farming/primary production purposes. These included ‘other commercial building’, ‘storage building’, ‘office and administration’, ‘other factory and industrial building’.
Garages were again the most common building consent issued in the Rural B, D and E zones (figures 4 to 6). In 2011/12 there was one consent in the Rural C zone (Kaingaroa) for a sawmill. There were no other building consents issued in the Rural C zone, and there were no building consents within the Rural F zone. This is because the Rural F Zone is a spray irrigation zone within the Whakarewarewa Forest and is the final step of tertiary treatment of Rotorua’s wastewater. No new buildings are expected in this zone.
- Most building consents for new dwellings and new sleepouts in the rural zones were within the Rural A zone
- Most building consents issued for new buildings other than dwellings in the rural zones were also in the Rural A zone
- The most common type of building consent was for garages
- The most common types of building consents relating to farming/ primary production were ‘other farm building’, ‘implement shed’ ‘barn/ shed’, ‘cow/ calf shed’ and ‘hay barn’.
- In 2011/12 there was one consent in the Rural C zone (Kaingaroa) for a sawmill.
- There were no building consents within the Rural F zone as this is an effluent spray irrigation area.
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