Temporary Activities

A temporary activity only lasts for a short period of time. Adverse effects of temporary activities are usually managed through their infrequency, short duration, limited scale and the benefits that they bring to the District. However, it is important to manage temporary activities that generate significant adverse environmental effects.


► Current provisions do not provide for the take-off and landing of helicopters leading to uncertainty around the requirements and standards for this activity and the inability to control adverse effects appropriately. 
► No provisions for temporary storage eg. shipping containers.
► No current rules to manage temporary events resulting in possible short term adverse effects if not managed appropriately.
► Limited permitted activity standards for temporary buildings associated with construction or development projects which may result in effects that are not able to be managed appropriately.
► Limited policy direction for discreationary activities which can limit the ability of Council to assess the effects of a proposal appropriately.
► Large scale commercial filming in sensitive locations may result in more than minor effects on the environment.



► Introduce new standards for the temporary take-off and landing of helicopters (excluding emergency purposes).
► Introduce new restrictions for temporary storage in residential and rural residential zones.
► Introduce new standards for large scale temporary events on private and public land to ensure cumulative environmental effects are not created over and above the management by other Council departments.
► Revise standards for temporary structures and buildings associated with events to better manage their effects.
► Remove current provisions for relocated buildings for educational purposes on existing school sites (these will be covered under the relevant Education designation of the site).
► Introduce additional permitted activity standards for temporary buildings associated with building and construction projects.
► Transfer the relevant provisions around temporary telecommunications and/or radio communication activities into the Utilities chapter of the plan.
► Include a more comprehensive list of assessment matters for temporary activities to ensure that all relevant effects have been assessed.
► Additional restrictions on commercial filming activities and ancillary/incidental structures - lasting more than 3 days, located in sensitive landscapes or environments or involving more than 200 people.

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