Working with experts, we have forecast projected household growth and how we can prepare for this growth in a sustainable way. We are monitoring the availability of land and know we have some capacity in our urban areas and towns. We've earmarked new areas for residential and industrial growth, for when it is needed.
To protect the boundaries of our urban areas and rural townships, we are tightening subdivision rules to limit adhoc urban sprawl. New provisions will protect the amenity and character of the urban and rural areas of our district as well as providing a range of lifestyle choices in response to the needs and wants of the community. We are also proposing new subdivision rules in rural environments to protect our productive and versatile land. Our proposed new rural living zone, minimises the impact on our productive soils, by limiting where rural subdivision can occur, while enabling people to enjoy the benefits of living in rural areas.
We are encouraging growth and development that is sustainable with minimal impact on our environment. To do this, our draft District Plan advocates for sustainable subdivison and design in our urban environment. For example - rainwater harvesting. While there is more we could do, including mandating the requirement for water tanks in new builds, there are other enabling opportunities for this to occur outside of the District Plan.
If you'd like to learn more about how we propose to provide for sustainable growth, head to chapters 5 and 6 of the draft District Plan.
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