Landscape Management Strategy

This page has information about the Council’s Landscape Management Strategy for Rural and Open Space Areas.

Background

Porirua City Council has adopted the Landscape Management Strategy for Rural and Open Space Areas following hearing of submissions on the strategy in April 2013.

This is a strategy for protecting and managing important landscapes and guiding future land use and development in the rural area (as envisaged by the Porirua Development Framework).

The strategy will inform the review of the Porirua City District Plan rural area provisions in the 2015/16 financial year.

Why have a Landscape Management Strategy?

The Landscape Management Strategy for Rural and Open Space Areas will help the Council to manage the landscape impacts of future land use change in the rural area as farming and forestry give way to rural lifestyle use and development.

Porirua’s rural landscapes consist of hills and valleys surrounding coastal harbours and coastal escarpments, which are covered mainly in farming and forestry in private ownership. These rural landscapes form the backdrop to the harbour inlets and to Porirua’s settlement areas and are part of what makes Porirua an enjoyable place to visit and to settle in.

The strategy makes it easier to continue farming and forestry, whilst protecting the most highly valued aspects of the landscape for future enjoyment, as well as encouraging landscape enhancement through appropriate types of rural subdivision and development.

Desired Outcomes

The Landscape Management Strategy for Rural and Open Space Areas seeks to enhance rural landscape values through the following methods:

  • Protect significant and sensitive areas of the landscape.
  • Enable appropriate rural use of rural land, having regard to the sensitivity of the landscape to change.
  • Enhance the landscape through appropriate forms of rural subdivision and development.

Key Features

Key features of the Proposed Landscape Management Strategy for Rural and Open Space Areas are as follows:

  • Identification and description of landscapes
  • by Landscape Significance including Outstanding Natural Features.
  • by Landscape Character Type including valley floors, foothills, steep slopes, ridgelines and hilltops and wetlands.
  • by Landscape Identity Area including outer and inner coastal landscape identity areas.
  • Combination of regulatory and non-regulatory management methods.
  • Suggested standards for buildings and subdivision density to help achieve landscape outcomes. Lifestyle subdivision would be linked to a requirement to re-vegetate or retire land in order to provide rural landscape enhancement.

The strategy complements the Pauatahanui-Judgeford Structure Plan recently adopted by Porirua City Council.

The Judgeford Hills Zone is not proposed to be altered as a result of the Landscape Management Strategy for Rural and Open Space Areas (at the request of the landowners). This zone resulted from a private plan change request, and landscape matters were addressed within the specific zone provisions for that zone.

Viewing of the Landscape Management Strategy

Details of Landscape Management Strategy for Rural and Open Space Areas, including the background technical report and maps, may be viewed at:

  • Porirua City Council, Administration Building, Cobham Court, Porirua City.
  • Porirua Library, Cnr. Norrie and Parumoana St, Porirua.
  • All Suburban libraries within the Porirua City administrative area.

Files for downloading

If you have any queries regarding the Strategy, please call us on phone (04) 237 5089.