Settlements and Development

The Lakes A Zone is an area recognised as being of National Importance and objectives, policies and rules have been set to protect it from inappropriate subdivision and development. Below is an introduction to these concepts and how they relate to the Lakes A Zone.


Settlement zones, development and land use

Within the Lakes A Zone there are two main settlements identified for residential living and development. These are located along the western shore of Lake Tarawera on Spencer Road, and clustered around the southern shores of Lake Okareka. These settlements are managed as three policy areas:

  • Tarawera Settlement Policy Area
  • Tarawera Bush Settlement Policy Area
  • Okareka Settlement Policy Area.

Within the settlement and bush settlement areas are management areas. For more information see Lakes A Zone Planning Approach.

Conditions of resource consents and complaints are monitored throughout the Lakes A Zone to identify trends which may need to be addressed at a policy level. Reporting on resource consents and complaints is included under settlements and development as they occur mainly around the settlement areas.

Monitoring Indicators ​Availability ​Updated
Buildings in the settlement zones​ ​December 2012 ​Annually
​Resource consent compliance ​December 2012 ​Annually

Landscapes and Natural Character

The Lakes A Zone contains a large number of outstanding natural landscapes and features, and a high level of natural character. The naturalness of the Lakes A area is outlined in Section 2.0 of the Lakes A Zone and is the key reason for the area being special. Objectives, policies and rules of the Lakes A Zone aim to maintain or enhance outstanding natural landscapes and features.

Subdivision and development is mainly confined to settlements so as to maintain and enhance natural character and outstanding natural features and landscapes. Visual impacts of development are monitored to assess their impact on landscapes and natural character. This includes individual and cumulative effects of lake structures such as jetties and boat sheds.

Lakes A identifies significant view shafts and sets rules to protect them from inappropriate subdivision, use and development. Visual amenity of the view shafts located within settlement areas and bush settlement area are monitored every two years by taking photographs from specific GPS locations. View shafts are not only located within settlements but in each of the lakes catchments.

Monitoring Indicator Availability ​Update
Changes to landscapes​ Available ​Annually
​Vegetation in the settlement zones Available ​5-yearly
​Cumulative effects of Lake structures ​December 2012 ​Annually
Page reviewed: 03 Jul 2019 10:12am