District Plan zoning in focus

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 12:00 11/02/2013

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The future zoning of rural land in Railway Rd and Setters Line has drawn submissions on the Palmerston North City Council's proposed changes to the industrial zone, even though the council does not intend to rezone it.

Ten people and groups had made submissions on Proposed Plan Change 9 to the District Plan by the closing date on Friday.

Although the council did not suggest a change to the zoning of the 7.1-hectare Railway Land enclave, it signalled in the public advertising that others were likely to suggest it.

The area is currently used for a motorcycle club, agricultural, residential and low density horticultural uses.

Senior policy planner Jonathan Ferguson-Pye said submissions had been received both supporting and opposing a change to the zoning.

Given the proximity of the Railway Rd enclave to Palmerston North Airport, planners advised that a rezoning from rural to industrial might result in adverse effects on the safety and efficiency of airport operations.

Some of the other submissions related to issues and potential conflicts at the boundary between industrial and residential areas.

Other changes the council has proposed affect other uses of land in the industrial zone such as ancillary office work, retailing and licensed premises. There are submissions opposing a tightening of the rules.

The historic Hoffman Kiln in Featherston St, on land currently zoned industrial, has also prompted a submission supporting District Plan provisions to protect it. The kiln site is subject to a Historic Places Trust heritage order.

The plan change does not include the North East Industrial area, which is governed by its own zone within the District Plan.

Submissions are expected to be heard in June.

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