What is land instability?
Land instability refers to land which has the potential to slip when saturated with water. Generally, it is steep slopes and cliffs prone to slipping.
Where are the land stability areas identified?
The District Plan maps identify land stability areas in Athenree, Tanners Point, Ongare Point, Omokoroa, Plummers Point, the Minden (Lifestyle Zone), Te Puna West and Maketu.
You can view these maps below.
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How has the mapping been done?
To generate the land stability maps we take into account the following things:
- Steepness of slopes
- Height of cliffs
- Presence of weak or sensitive soil or rock
- Stormwater runoff
- Groundwater levels
For the Minden Lifestyle Zone, there are five different classifications of land instability:
- Minden A - land subject to or likely to be subject to instability
- Minden B1 - land potentially subject to instability
- Minden B2 - land potentially subject to instability (to a lesser degree)
- Minden C - land unlikely to be subject to instability
- Minden U - land not included in the original zone boundary but potentially subject to instability
For the other areas, there are two different classifications of land instability:
- Land Stability General - vulnerable to long term landslip risk
- Land Stability Landslip - possibly subject to instability
Here is the technical report supporting the Minden land stability areas on the District Plan maps:
|Minden Lifestyle Zone||BECA Initial Assessment Minden Rural 3 Zone Structure Plan Geotechnical 2009 (PDF 3MB)|
Here is the technical report supporting the other land stability areas on the District Plan Maps:
|Athenree, Tanners Point, Ongare Point, Omokoroa, Te Puna West and Maketu||Tonkin and Taylor Stability Assessment of Coastal Land in Tauranga County 1981 (PDF 4MB)|
What further work is coming up?
Council and the Regional Council will need to start a review of the existing land stability areas as well as identify any other areas that may need to be investigated. It isn't known yet when this will begin.
Frequently asked questions about land stability
What are the requirements if I am constructing a habitable building or shed/garage?
You will need resource consent. You will need to provide a geotechnical report for the land you want to build on. This will determine whether the land is suitable for building on and what foundations will be required. There is an exception however for building on land within the Minden C. While building consent would still be required, there is no specific requirement to get resource consent or provide a geotechnical report because we know the land is unlikely to be subject to instability.
What about minor structures?
You will need resource consent for anything else that is defined as a structure in the District Plan e.g. carports and some decks, pools and tanks. A geotechnical report will also be required. There is again an exception for building on land within the Minden C as explained above. Minor structures may also require building consent.
What if I want to do earthworks?
You will need to get resource consent for any earthworks. A geotechnical report will be required to ensure that the earthworks will not worsen any existing land instability. Also check with the Regional Council as it also has rules for earthworks.
If I have a building site approved from a previous subdivision can I go ahead and build?
Yes, but only if the subdivision has addressed all identified natural hazards, and the building works are in accordance with the requirements of the subdivision. If new natural hazard information has become available since the subdivision, this will need to be addressed when you go to build.
Will I be prevented from doing any new subdivision?
Being within a land stability area is unlikely to stop you from subdividing if you would otherwise qualify. However, you'll need to provide a geotechnical report with the resource consent. This will help identify suitable building sites and will explain what foundations are required. If there are no suitable building sites, a subdivision can be declined.
Where can I find the District Plan rules for land stability areas?
Within Section 8 - Natural Hazards.
Who can I ask to prepare a geotechnical report?
Here is a list of approved geotechnical engineers.
What is Council doing about the Omokoroa Slips?
For questions about the Omokoroa slips, please contact Peter Clark at email@example.com.
Got a different question?
If you have any further questions, please contact Council on 0800 926 732 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.