Planning Applications, Brochures and Guides
Guiding urban design outcomes for higher densities
Rotorua intensification design guide
To support the achievement of the Plan Change 9: Housing for Everyone outcomes the Draft Rotorua Intensification Design Guide has been produced to provide more guidance on delivering quality intensification.
The focus of the Guidelines developed by Council is on more intensive multi-unit development (i.e. more than 4 dwellings), which are proposed to be assessed through a resource consent process. These non-statutory* guidelines have been developed as an educational tool for the community, applicants (and their design team) and Council officers, around design principles and techniques which can be implemented to address common issues. These are issues, which are likely to arise in the design of more intensive residential developments and therefore the guide focuses on things like:
- On-site amenity;
- Streetscape interface;
- Site layout/ building position;
- Design quality.
*As non-statutory document it is to be used for information purposes only. It will be useful in pre-application discussions prior to Resource Consent application, and as an ‘other matter’ under Section 104 of the Resource Management Act
National medium density design guide
The Rotorua Intensification is intended to build on the Ministry for the Environment’s National medium density design guide which provides guidance on permitted levels of development under the MDRS (i.e. development of up to three residential units on a site).
Request for Pre Application Advice
Rotorua Lakes Council would like to encourage good development outcomes. We believe that this can be achieved by engaging with developers during the early stages of the development process prior to lodging an application with Council. Council planning staff can arrange a pre-application meeting on request where the developer can discuss a proposal with key staff members.
In addition to Council's brochures, Ministry for the Environment (MFE) has a series of guides in their Everyday Guide to the Resource Management Act Series'. Copies are available from Council's Customer Centre or from MFE's website:
Guides in this series include:
1.1 Getting in on the Act
1.2 Resolving Resource Management Act Concerns
1.4 National Level Guidance and Processes
2.1 Applying for a Resource Consent
2.2 Consultation for Resource Consent Applicants
3.1 Your Rights as an Affected Person'
3.2 Making a Submission about a Resource Consent
3.3 Appearing at a Council Resource Consent Hearing
4.1 The Designation Process
5.1 Making a Submission on a Proposed Plan or Plan Change
5.2 Appearing at a Council Plan or Plan Change Hearing
6.1 Your Guide to the Environment Court
6.2 You, Mediation and the Environment Court
6.3 The Environment Court: Awarding and Securing Costs