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Infrastructure Development Code

DS-1.12 Neighbourhood Context and Site Analysis

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In depth neighbourhood context and site analysis informs the design process. It is important to identify the opportunities available and any likely constraints on the site early. There will be an overriding rationale for every subdivision scheme, particularly where appropriate sustainable outcomes are identified.  Involve the Council as early as possible to help identify, provide information and refine this rationale to clarify objectives and avoid misunderstandings and differences at later stages in the application process. Refer to DS-1.4.3 - Figure 1: Neighbourhood Context and Site Analysis.

Figure 1: Neighbourhood Context Analysis

figure 1 neighbourhood context analysis

 

DS-1.12.1   Neighbourhood Context Analysis

For thorough context analysis, research and record existing circumstances and potential constraints and opportunities, the designer shall identify the following:

  1. DS-1.4.3.2 Notable Features of the Neighbourhood.
  2. DS-1.4.3.3 The Pattern of Development in the Neighbourhood.
  3. DS-1.4.3.4 The Built Form, Scale, Amenities and Character of the Surrounding Neighbourhood.
  4. DS-1.4.3.5 Site Analysis.

DS-1.12.2   Notable Features of the Neighbourhood

The following shall be considered during the design process:

  1. Landform features such as promontories, dunes, wetlands, streams, rivers.
  2. Significant views and aspect.

DS-1.12.3   The Pattern of Development in the Neighbourhood

The following shall be considered during the design process:

  1. Movement networks for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, public transport users.
  2. Hierarchy of roads and connection to major routes.
  3. Streetscape.
  4. Distances to community facilities such as  shops, schools, parks – 200m, 400m and 800m walkable routes.
  5. Type of and facilities in open spaces and  parks and linkages.

DS-1.12.4   The Built Form, Scale, Amenities and Character of the Surrounding Neighbourhood

The following shall be considered during the design process:

  1. Existing and planned local centres, community facilities, public transport.
  2. Existing and planned residential areas, housing types, parks and networks.
  3. Surrounding subdivision lot size and street frontage dimension.
  4. Existing housing types, scale and character.
  5. Existing infrastructure and reticulated services (including overhead power lines), available connections and capacity.

DS-1.12.5   Site Analysis

A detailed analysis of the site helps determine the appropriate design of the subdivision. The site analysis should be discussed with Tangata Whenua, neighbours, interested groups and Council staff to identify all of the relevant issues. 

The following shall be considered during the design process:

  1. Appropriate points of access onto the site.
  2. Topography and natural features.
  3. Soil type and stability.
  4. Flora and fauna.
  5. Access to sun on daily and yearly cycle.
  6. Surface water and overland flow paths, waterways including ephemeral streams and flooding risks.
  7. Prevailing wind.
  8. View shafts to natural and cultural features and other opportunities for outlook.
  9. Previous and existing land use in regards to potential contamination.
  10. Existing buildings and structures.
  11. Heritage and cultural sites and features.
  12. Potential street connections to neighbouring sites.
  13. Existing or potential cycle and pedestrian links.
  14. Local sources of noise, dust, odour, vibration, light glare.
  15. Location and condition of on site infrastructure.

Access to and capacity of existing off-site services for new connections – power, water supply, sewerage, stormwater. Refer to DS-1.2.3.5 Figure 2: Site Analysis.

Figure 2: Site Analysis

figure 2 site analysis


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