Industrial Land

Most of the district’s industrial land is located in Ōamaru’s north-end, in Weaver Street Ōamaru and at Pukeuri (north of Ōamaru). There is also a small industrial zone in the north-west corner of the Palmerston township.


► Council is required to have specific Industrial zones in the new District Plan. This includes new zone labelling.
►  The council is required to have regard to the National Policy Statement – Urban Development and the Canterbury and Otago Regional Policy Statements.
►  We need to ensure we zone our land correctly to maximise its use for industrial activities, but just as importantly, manage the effects on the environment and the community from these landuse activities.
►  Some of the current Industrial zoned land in Ōamaru is located in areas prone to flooding. We are reviewing the flooding hazard layers of the plan, and the hazardous substances rule provisions. There is also limited vehicle access to some of our current Industrial zoned land off State Highway 1 and relying on the market to bring forward internal infrastructure has been slow to come about.
►  Some industries are currently identified as Scheduled Activities in the District Plan with unique rules to suit their specific requirements eg. Gillies Metal Tech (Tyne Street) and Canterbury Spinners (Weaver Street). Other industries are located in non-industrial zones including Firth Industries (Itchen Street), and McKeown Group (Ōamaru Harbour). Care needs to be taken to ensure that the effects from these industries do not cause reverse sensitivity issues (affecting the amenity of neighbours and the community).
►  Current policy in the District Plan does not allow for access from TY Duncan Road, north Ōamaru.
►  The current District Plan does not provide for residential living and visitor accommodation in the Industrial zones. There is an increasing need to accommodate workers in our large industries as close as possible to their employment.


► Ensuring there is sufficient Industrial zoned land in the right places (especially in Ōamaru and Palmerston).
► Analyse market demand for industrial space through analysis of past statistics and the consideration of future growth scenarios.
► Review the housing needs of workers linked to our key industries and investigating if there are other locations suitable for residential living more close by.
► Better managing the effects from industrial activities on the surrounding environment including through more specific standards and rules eg. minimum building setback from water bodies, minimum permeable surfaces, outdoor storage of goods and materials and screening, landscaping requirements on internal buildings, minimum lot sizes, site coverage and setbacks from other zones, bulk fuel storage facility risk assessment criteria.
► Better understanding the interaction with current and future transport networks to ensure industrial landuse is facilitated appropriately.

New Zoning Terminology for Industrial Zone

► Light industrial: limited range of industrial activities more compatible with sensitive locations.
► Industrial: provide primarily for industrial activities, also provides associated activities that are not sensitive to effects generated from industrial activities.
► Heavy industrial: provide primarily for industrial activities that may be incompatible with sensitive.