Assessment of Discretionary Subdivision Activities
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In considering applications for resource consent on discretionary activities, the Council will consider Part II, Sections 104-108 and Part X of the Act and will restrict the exercise of its discretion to the following:
- Whether the size and shape of the subdivision is adequate for the activity proposed and any future activity likely on the site.
- The effect (including cumulative effect) of the subdivision on the effective and efficient use of the District's resources for servicing, roading, waste disposal and infrastructure development.
- Whether the size, shape and soil permeability is sufficient to adequately dispose of sewage and effluent likely to be generated by activities on the new lot.
- In the Rural zone, whether the subdivision may threaten the sustainability of existing settlements or lead to the creation of a new settlement.
- Whether controls are required in order to ensure that buildings will not be located in inappropriate areas of high visibility or on unstable land.
- The likelihood of the subdivision giving rise to activities which may adversely impact on the operations of existing legitimate activities, and the extent to which such effects can be avoided, remedied or mitigated.
- Council's objectives and policies as set out in Part 3 and 4 of the Plan.
- Where any access road within a subdivision, or individual access meets a State Highway, conditions on the location and design of the intersection layout so as to minimum traffic conflicts (refer to 8.9). Where alternative access is practicable, access to new lots shall be from side roads and not the State Highway.
- Whether the subdivision will threaten the productive capacity of higher quality soils in Westland.
- Whether the approval of Transit NZ to the proposed subdivision has been obtained.
- Whether the proposed subdivision will create the following:
(a) Loss of rural character.
(b) Adverse effects on valued natural landscape features.
(c) Incompatibility or conflicts between activities.
(d) Increased demand on roading or services or traffic conflict problems.
(e) Loss of future production options
(f) Whether, in the Waiho River General Flood Hazard Area, as defined on planning map 14A, the subdivision and anticipated landuse activities will result in natural hazard risk to buildings, infrastructure, people and communities, including on other land and whether that risk can be adequately avoided, remedied or mitigated.