Non-Regulatory Approaches

While regulatory intervention is likely to be the primary management tool, other options may assist in managing the effects of non-residential activities. These include:

  • private covenants on developments that may restrict certain non-residential activities
  • environmental compensation, such as policy incentives for non-residential activities where this might facilitate the retention of a heritage building, protected trees, etc.
  • rates relief or the use of a non-complying activities fund to acquire land to enable the removal or modification of unattractive long-established non-residential activities
  • design guides
  • urban enhancement works, such as street works, street furniture and other neighbourhood improvements, which signal a commitment by to rejuvenating the local community.

Regulatory provisions can be supported by information of an advisory nature made available by councils. Rather than adhering to the 'how to apply for a resource consent' standard guidance. Such advice should relate specifically to non-residential activities, such as homestays, preschools, etc.

The type and content of non-regulatory approaches will be largely determined by the nature and sensitivity of the host community.