Key draft changes for the future District Plan
The Council’s District Plan Committee has endorsed the following key draft changes for further development:
- Amending the definition of family flat to make it clear it’s a minor residential unit which needs to be held in the same ownership as the main dwelling and is associated with the main dwelling.
- Removing the requirement that only family members can live in a family flat. As result there would be no limit on who may occupy the flat.
- Developing new standards which a minor residential unit needs to comply with, if it’s to be allowed without a resource consent:
- Only one minor residential unit per site is permitted.
- Limit the maximum floor area, excluding garaging, based on the zone (not district-wide as at present).
- Minor residential unit needs to be located within a certain distance of the main dwelling.
- Additional car parking and open space is provided for the unit.
- Unit uses the same accessway as the main dwelling.
- Maximum height is single storey.
- Reinforcing that the unit will still need to comply with the boundary setback and site coverage rules applicable to the zone.
- Subdividing a minor residential unit from the main building becomes a non-complying activity unless it complies with the density requirements.