In the past development has often involved large scale earthworks removing natural features and piping water courses. With increasing community interest in environmental sustainability, subdivisions are now being designed to take advantage of natural features within a site to create a unique identity.
Public access to the coast and harbour is very important to the people living in Tauranga. Development can significantly affect such environments through the disturbance of natural erosion and accretion processes, loss of sand dunes, disturbance of bird nesting areas and such like.
DS-1.13.1 Design Elements
The following shall be considered during the design process:
- Preservation of dune systems, other coastal features and habitats.
- Restoration of areas of degraded coast and harbour through suitable indigenous plantings, and, where necessary, protective fences.
- Provision of public roads on the boundary with beaches, dune systems and harbour to maintain public access to them.
- Incorporating public parks with any esplanade reserves to increase the amenity and utility of these spaces.
- Provision of car parking and public amenities for visitors.
- The use of restrictive covenants or other techniques that can prohibit pets in sensitive habitat areas.
- Incorporate streams and vegetation into the design of subdivisions through the provision of open spaces where they can contribute recreational networks and/or maintain ecological values.
- Connection of publicly accessible open spaces with streets, ensuring these spaces are visible from adjacent sites and dwellings. This allows adjacent sites and subdivision to capture some of the value of this open space.
- Retention and restoration of stream networks by planting banks in suitable indigenous species. Seek the assistance of an ecologist or talk with the Council to identify the most appropriate method to restore a stream. Refer to DS-126.96.36.199 Figure 3: Stormwater Management Area.
Figure 3: Stormwater Management Area
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