Residential Zones

The District Plan currently has Residential zoned land in the townships of Ōamaru, Palmerston, Kurow, Otematata, Omarama and Ohau Village. Most of the existing residential zoned land has a minimum lot size of 300m2, with a small pocket of larger residential lot sizes in Bluestone Drive, Ōamaru (600m2).


► National requirement for new Residential zone terminology.
► Shortage of Residential zoned land in some areas of the District.
► Growing demand for affordable housing, and housing options to suit an aging and more culturally diverse population.
► Increasing demand for flexible working options.
► Ongoing need to manage residential activities to ensure amenity effects are minimized.

draft response to key issues

► Review current capacity of Residential zoned land and ensure there is sufficient opportunity for future demand with infrastructure available to support new development.
► Review current residential section sizes (currently minimum lot size of 300m2 ) to ensure there is opportunity for flexible housing options while maintaining good amenity levels.
► Higher density housing options and zoning in appropriate locations.
► Incentivise new well designed residential developments with less regulatory hurdles.
►  Better facilitate retirement and aged care facilities, and provide options for ageing in place within our urban areas, while ensuring provisions align with industry best practice.
►  Link open spaces with residential areas by facilitating good recreational linkages between new and existing residential areas/developments.
►  Enhance sustainable living by facilitating low impact energy and water use, and on-site small-scale energy generation in existing and new developments.
►  Manage the effects of non-residential activities in residential areas including revised standards around opening hours, vehicle movements, parking and noise.

New Terminology for Residential Zoned Land

►  General residential zone: Residential activities with a mix of building types and other compatible activities.
►  Medium density residential zone: Residential activities with moderate concentration and bulk of buildings eg. detached, semi-detached and terraced housing, low-rise apartments and other compatible activities.
►  Low density residential zone: Residential activities and building consistent with a suburban scale and subdivision pattern eg. one to two storey with yards.
►  Large lot residential zone: Residential activities and buildings eg. detached houses on lots larger than the low density residential and general residential zones where there are particular landscape characteristic, physical limitations or other constraints.

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