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The following local authorities in this region have rules or guidance relating to medium-density housing: Rotorua District, Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District.

Rotorua District 

Rotorua district plan – residential

This document defines the residential zones in Rotorua District including MDH and identifies performance standards including height, envelope, coverage, density and parking.

Rotorua district plan – plan change 1

Plan changes are a public process to correct minor errors and inconsistencies in the district plan. As part of plan change 1, there were amendments to the performance standards for household units and a new rule for subsidiary household units.

Tauranga City 

Tauranga city plan – residential

This document defines the residential zones in Tauranga including MDH and identifies relevant rules including height, setbacks, overshadowing and access.

Tauranga MDH design guide

This design guide relates to comprehensively planned multi-unit residential developments of more than three units, at densities between 1 unit per 100 sqm to 1 unit per 325 sqm of land. It covers site and design considerations and building performance.

Western Bay of Plenty District

Western Bay of Plenty district plan – MDH

This document identifies the rules for MDH in Western Bay of Plenty including height, lot size, daylight, coverage and parking.