Key issues that influence quality of the built environment include:
- Rationale underpins all good design. A clear design process that addresses all the inherent issues will produce a better subdivision than a solution based on compliance with statutory requirements.
- Context in which the subdivision is located, including the existing urban, landscape and social setting. Context provides the parameters of the design
- Layout should contribute to the local identity by acknowledging and reinforcing site characteristics, surrounding environment, notable features, views, and identified region-wide strategic initiatives.
- Integrate subdivision with surrounding neighbourhoods, through the vehicle, cycle and pedestrian links and connected open space networks.
- Connect vehicle, cycle and pedestrian routes to provide accessibility and choice in the local area, to reduce travel distances, vehicle emissions, and support public transport.
- Access to public parks, open space, bus stops and community facilities needs to be convenient, preferably within 400 -800m walk.
- Reinforce existing local focal points and provide new nodes and focal points logically on the movement network.
- Safe developments have lots fronting the road and public open spaces, allowing informal surveillance of the public realm from dwellings.
- Vary lot sizes and allow compatible uses to encourage a diverse community.
- Open public spaces need to be safe, legible and cost effective to maintain and provide for a variety of recreation uses.
- Low impact approaches to managing the effects of development such as stormwater run-off helps maintain and protect the long-term environmental quality.
- Protect and enhance ecological and heritage features to add value and uniqueness to the subdivision.
- Consult stakeholders and affected parties throughout the design process being initiated. In particular in discussion with Tangata Whenua cultural landscape values should be recognised and applied.
- Strategic planning sets the framework for Tauranga City and thus parameters for any subdivision.
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