1 Nov 2009

Tauranga plan to toughen rules on tall buildings

8:32 am on 1 November 2009

Planned rule changes on high rise development in Mt Maunganui will make it harder for large new buildings to be constructed, the Tauranga City Council says.

At first glance, the authority's District Plan appears to allow high rises across a wider area, but deputy mayor David Stewart says the opposite is true.

Tauranga's existing plan allows for high rises to be built along a narrow spine of the holiday resort, up to 38.5 metres tall. At present, there are just two tower buildings.

The height limit falls in a contoured line away from the highest point, Mauao, to 19 metres at Mount Drury.

Under proposals, the tallest buildings could theoretically be granted consent across a broader area of the peninsula.

But Mr Stewart says loopholes will be closed, allowing the council to consider extra factors such as car parking and traffic flow when dealing with applications.

Written submissions close on 15 December.