29 March 2017
Report no: DPC2017/2/100
Plan Change 49
Copeland Street Reserve
Rezoning to General Residential Activity Area - Medium Density and General Recreation Activity Area
Purpose of Report
1. To present Draft Proposed Plan Change 49 to the Committee for consideration and approval.
That the District Plan Committee recommends that Council:
(i) notes the proposed Plan Change which is attached as Appendix 1 to this report;
(ii) resolves to promulgate Proposed Plan Change 49 for consultation;
(iii) instructs officers to publicly notify Proposed Plan Change 49 as soon as practicable; and
(iv) allows officers to make any non-policy related changes to the details of the proposed Plan Change should the need arise.
2. The purpose of proposed Plan Change 49 is to rezone the south-western part of a Hutt City Council owned area of land at 96A Witako Street, Epuni (Copeland Street Reserve) from General Recreation Activity Area to General Residential Activity Area – Medium Density. The proposed Plan Change also seeks to rezone two properties at 51 and 53 Hall Street (owned by Urban Plus Ltd) from General Residential Activity Area – Medium Density to General Recreation Activity Area in the City of Lower Hutt District Plan.
Rezoning to General Residential Activity Area – Medium Density
3. The proposed plan change seeks to rezone the south-western portion of the Copeland Street Reserve (Lot 1 DP 25931) from General Recreation Activity Area to General Residential Activity Area – Medium Density. The north-eastern part of the reserve is proposed to be retained for recreation purposes. The portion proposed to be rezoned has an area of approximately 8290m2 and was previously vested as reserve. The Department of Conservation agreed on 1 July 2016 to revoke the reserve status and Council intends to dispose of the land once the site has been rezoned. The proposed zoning will ensure that any future development will be consistent with adjoining residential areas.
Rezoning to General Recreation Activity Area
4. The proposed plan change also seeks to rezone the two properties at 51 and 53 Hall Crescent (Lots 6 and 7 DP 25931) from General Residential Activity Area – Medium Density to General Recreation Activity Area. The properties are owned by Urban Plus Ltd, have an overall area of approximately 854m2 and are currently used for residential purposes containing a dwelling each. It is intended to remove the dwellings and use the land for recreation activities, thereby improving access, visibility and connectivity of the remaining Copeland Street Reserve with the surrounding neighbourhood.
5. No new District Plan provisions (Objectives, Policies, Rules or Standards) will be introduced and no existing District Plan provisions will be amended as a result of this proposal. The only amendment proposed is to the District Plan Map to reflect the new zoning of the Sites.
6. The section 32 evaluation which forms part of the proposed Plan Change document (attached as Appendix 1 to this report) addresses the principles of the Resource Management Act 1991 as well as regional and local policy documents and strategies along with the policies and objectives of the District Plan in relation to the proposed rezoning. It also includes an assessment of the potential effects of the proposed rezoning.
7. Several rezoning options have been considered for the sites and are outlined in more detail in the section 32 evaluation attached to this report.
8. For the land forming the south-western portion of the Copeland Street Reserve that is currently zoned General Recreation Activity Area the following three options were considered in detail:
1. Status quo – do nothing
2. Rezone the site as General Residential Activity Area
3. Rezone the site as General Residential Activity Area – Medium Density
9. Of the three options Option 3 is recommended. Rezoning the site to General Residential Activity Area – Medium Density will allow for residential development of the site while ensuring that any future development will be of a nature and scale that is consistent with the development potential of the surrounding residential area.
10. For the sites at 51 and 53 Hall Crescent that are currently owned by Urban Plus Limited and zoned General Residential Activity Area – Medium Density the following two options were considered in detail:
1. Status quo – do nothing
2. Rezone the sites as General Recreation Activity Area
11. Of the two options Option 2 is recommended. Rezoning the sites to General Recreation Activity Area will allow for recreational opportunities and provide a level of compensation for the loss of recreational land associated with the rezoning of the south-western end. The zoning as General Recreation Activity Area is consistent with the remaining portion of Copeland Street Reserve
12. These matters are fully outlined in the section 32 report of the proposed Plan Change document (Appendix 1)
13. In preparation of the proposed Plan Change consultation has been carried out with the following statutory authorities in accordance with Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991
· Ministry for the Environment;
· Department of Conservation;
· Greater Wellington Regional Council;
· Upper Hutt City Council;
· Kapiti Coast District Council;
· Porirua City Council;
· South Wairarapa District Council;
· Wellington Tenths Trust;
· Orongomai Marae;
· Te Runanganui o Taranaki Whanui ki te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui;
· Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira Inc;
· Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust;
· Ngati Kahungunu; and
· Rangitane o Wairarapa Incorporated.
14. No feedback has been received.
15. In addition to the above, full consultation on Proposed Plan Change 49 will be undertaken under the provisions of the Resource Management Act 1991 if and when the Proposed Plan Change is promulgated.
16. All requirements under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) will be followed.
17. There are no financial considerations.
18. In making this recommendation, officers have given careful consideration to the purpose of local government in section 10 of the Local Government Act 2002. Officers believe that this recommendation falls within the purpose of the local government in that it the proposal is the most appropriate way to achieve the purpose of the RMA. It does this in a way that is cost-effective because it follows the statutory process outlined in the RMA and ensures that land subject to the Proposed Plan Change will have appropriate zoning.
PC 49 - Draft Proposed Plan Change Document
Author: Corinna Tessendorf
Senior Environmental Policy Analyst
Reviewed By: Andrew Cumming
Divisional Manager Environmental Policy
Approved By: Kim Kelly
General Manager, Strategic Services