Lot Size and Zone Rules for Subdivision

Residential Zone

The controlled activity lot size varies depending on the location of the Residential Zone and the provision of wastewater servicing.  In Richmond and Motueka lots as small as 350 square metres may meet the controlled activity criteria.

Refer to the subdivision rules in Section 16.3.3 of Chapter 16 of the Tasman Resource Management Plan.  In particular, refer to Figure 16.3A which states the minimum allotment areas in the Residential Zone.

For the Policies and Objectives that relate to the Residential Zone (against which subdivision applications will be assessed) refer to Chapter 6 of the Tasman Resource Management Plan.

Business and Industrial Zones

The controlled activity lot size varies depending on the specific zone. In the Central Business and Commercial Zones lots as small as 200 square metres may meet the controlled activity criteria. This increases up to 2,000 square metres in the Tourist Services Zone.

Refer to the subdivision rules in Section 16.3.4 of Chapter 16 of the Tasman Resource Management Plan.  In particular, refer to Figure 16.3B in that Section which states the minimum allotment areas in the Central Business, Commercial, Mixed Business, Tourist Services, and Heavy, Light and Rural Industrial Zones.

For the Policies and Objectives that relate to Business and Industrial Zones (against which subdivision applications will be assessed) refer to Chapter 6 of the Tasman Resource Management Plan.

Rural 1 Zone

The controlled activity lot size is 12 hectares for the Rural 1 Zone. The primary focus of the Rural 1 Zone Policies and Objectives and Rules is to maintain or enhance the productive potential of the land as a result of subdivision.  There is a strong policy direction in the Tasman Resource Management Plan to protect large productive titles from further subdivision.  Amalgamation of titles to create more productive blocks is also an objective.

Refer to the subdivision rules in Section 16.3.5 of Chapter 16 of the Tasman Resource Management Plan.

For the Council's Objectives and Policies that relate to the Rural Zones refer to Chapter 7 and the relevant Planning Maps of the TRMP.

Rural 2 Zone

The controlled activity lot size is 50 hectares for the Rural 2 Zone.  This zone covers land with generally lower productive value.  However the maintenance of productive value is important as well as maintaining rural character, with a low density of dwellings within this zone. 

Refer to the subdivision rules in Section 16.3.6 of Chapter 16 of the Tasman Resource Management Plan.

For the Council's Objectives and Policies that relate to the Rural Zones refer to Chapter 7 and the relevant Planning Maps of the TRMP.

Rural 3 Zone

The Rural 3 Zone is part of the Coastal Tasman Area where more intense rural residential and residential development may be appropriate.  A detailed list of the issues that are required to be assessed for subdivision proposals within the Rural 3 Zone is contained in Part II – Appendix 3: Coastal Tasman Area Subdivision and Development Design Guide.

The majority of Rural 3 Subdivisions also require specific consents for stormwater discharges, wastewater discharges and new dwellings. A specific consent for any earthworks may be required depending on the scale and location of the earthworks needed to form the subdivision.

Refer to the subdivision rules in Section 16.3.7 of Chapter 16 of the Tasman Resource Management Plan.

and TRMP Part II - Appendix 3: Coastal Tasman Area Subdivision and Development Design Guide (pdf, 1.4 MB)

For the Council's Objectives and Policies that relate to the Rural Zones refer to Chapter 7 and the relevant Planning Maps of the TRMP.

Rural Residential and Closed Zones

The controlled activity lot size in the Rural Residential Zone varies depending on the zone location and varies between 2000 square metres where wastewater servicing is provided and up to 4.0 hectares in the more rural locations.

Refer to the subdivision rules in Section 16.3.8 of Chapter 16 of the Tasman Resource Management Plan.  In particular, see Figure 16.3C which relates to the Minimum Allotment Areas in the Rural Residential Zone.

For the Council's Objectives and Policies that relate to the Rural Zones refer to Chapter 7 and the relevant Planning Maps of the TRMP.

All Other Zones

For all other zones subdivision is a fully discretionary activity with no minimum lot size.

Refer to the subdivision rules in Section 16.3.8 of Chapter 16 of the Tasman Resource Management Plan.