Number and types of new buildings within the urban area
Purpose of indicator
Monitoring new buildings in the urban area helps us to understand what type and the level of development happening there. In general, development in this area should be of a residential nature to ensure the intended character and amenity of the urban environment, including its activities and noise levels.
Current information and trend
The intention of residential zones is to maintain character and amenity levels suitable for residential living. In this sense, the trend for the types of building consents within the urban area is steady. Table 1 shows a description of residential zones. The building consents granted shown in figures 1 to 4 indicate that new buildings in the residential zones are either directly for residential living or support residential living.
Figures 1 and 4 show the most common type of building consents were for garages and new dwellings in residential zones. Figure 2 shows new sleepouts. The trend for sleepouts follows nearly the same as that for new dwellings in that there is a marked decrease in their numbers following 2007/08. However the numbers of sleepouts are small and in 2012/13 there was only one building consent for a new sleepout in the residential zones.
Both new dwellings and new sleepouts were most common in the Residential B zone. The trend in figure 1 shows a decrease in the number of new dwellings from 2007/08 to 2008/09. The main reason for this was likely the economic climate as at that time the economy began to slow. While the figures increased in 2009/10 (84) and 2010/11 (86) they did not reach the same level as that in 2007/08 (128). A decrease is shown again in 2011/12 (55), remaining about the same in 2012/13 (58).
* New sleepouts may have been standalone or as part of a new garage, shed or barn or alteration to these.
Most other new buildings in the urban area (figure 3) were in the Residential B zone and were for other types of residential living for example the rest home, or for activities supporting residential living such as kindergartens and buildings on school facilities. There were three consents in the Residential C zone, one for a storage building, one for a conservatory and in 2012/13 the building consents for the Redwoods Centre at the Tarawera Road roundabout.
In 2008/09 there was one building consent issued for a commercial building in the Residential D zone which is a zone for mixed residential and office buildings. The building consent was for a new baby care facility. The Residential D Zone has been proposed for re-zoning in the Rotorua Proposed District Plan to Residential 2 which is for high density residential rather than a mix of residential and commercial.
The trend for the number of building consents in residential zones is also ‘steady’ in the sense that the number of them is not having an undesirable environmental impact. If for example there were too many building consents in the residential zones to maintain the residential amenity then the trend would be ‘getting worse’ and the issue would likely be addressed through the Rotorua District Plan / Proposed District Plan.
- Most building consents issued were for new dwellings (figure 1) and garages, carports, boat sheds or car decks (figure 3).
- All building consent types issued in the residential zones were in keeping with activities intended for residential living.
- Most building consents were in the Residential B Zone.
Further information sources