Natural hazards in Tauranga City broadly fall into the following two categories, Geotechnical Hazards and / or Other Hazards.
These hazard types shall be discussed within the:
- Development Evaluation Report: Detailing that the land is appropriate for development and / or stating any measures required for consideration during design and for earthworks.The natural hazards and earthworks reporting is completed by either a Geo-Professional, a SQE Professional, or both in conjunction with DS-10 Natural Hazards and Earthworks and QA-1 Resource Consent Application Requirements.
- Development Works Approval Report: Summary of the earthworks being undertaken and detailed design of the infrastructure intended to be constructed, connecting the requirements of the Development Evaluation Report to the design, construction and required outcomes.The Development Works Approval Report is compiled by the Consent Holder’s Representative in conjunction with the requirements of the Development Evaluation Report and QA-3 Development Works Approval. Specialist advice relating to natural hazards and earthworks and the Development Evaluation Report is provided by a Geo-Professional, a SQE Professional, or both.
- Development Completion Report: Summary and certification that all requirements of the City Plan, Resource Consent, Development Evaluation Report and Development Works Approval have been completed as required. The Development Completion Report is compiled by the Consent Holder’s Representative. The Development Completion Report includes a Geotechnical Completion Report that is completed by a Geo-Professional, a SQE Professional, or both in conjunction with DS-10 Natural Hazards and Earthworks and QA-5 Final Sign Off (s224c) Application Requirements.
- Site Specific design relating to a Building Consent: Specific design information to support a building consent application. This would typically occur for the design / construction methods of buildings or structures that are not provided for within the appropriate Development Completion Report e.g. retaining walls, alternative building support structures etc. The recommendations of the Joint MBIE/NZGS Geotechnical Engineering Guidance, Modules 1 – 6, which is summarised by Councils Ground Checks Guideline, shall be considered at this stage, along with the requirements of the Building Code.
It is not Councils intention to require all soils issues to be addressed by accredited Geo-Professionals. Most foundation designs etc. can be addressed by a SQE Professional. For difficult soil issues, Council requires the geotechnical reporting to be compiled by either a Category 1 or Category 2 Accredited Geo-Professional.
Where geothermal hazards are present, Council shall be contacted immediately for advice.
Definitions in this section
Consent holder's representative
Development completion report
Development evaluation report
Development works approval