South Waikato District Plan

13.8-NCZ  Neighbourhood Centre Zone


The Neighbourhood Centre Zone in Tokoroa enables the establishment and operation of a range of small scale and locally oriented, retail and commercial service activities in existing neighbourhood shopping centres.

These neighbourhood shopping centres are comprised of purpose-built commercial buildings that are located in or adjacent to predominantly residential areas. Typically, these centres comprise between one and four shops, usually single storey, and are occupied by businesses that serve local neighbourhood catchments. Often such premises rely on street-based car parking, rather than having on-site parking.

The zone allows for all forms of retail shops including dairies and superettes, and limited commercial services such as hairdressers and offices, community facilities and health care services.



To enable neighbourhood centres to provide, attractive, safe and easily accessible environments with commercial businesses and community facilities providing a wide range of services and facilities primarily for residents in the locality and with minimum adverse effects on the safe and sustainable functioning of local roads.



Enable home businesses and a range of non-residential activities in residential areas where the effects of these businesses are consistent with maintaining the character and amenity values of the residential neighbourhoods and do not adversely affect the vitality of the town centres.


To achieve the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River by managing land-use within the district’s towns located within the River catchment in a way that restores and protects the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River, including by managing activities in towns.


NCZ-R1 PER Activities

Subject to

(1) Retail activities (excluding the sale of liquor as the primary retail activity)

NCZ-R4(1) to (6)

NCZ-R5 where relevant

(2) Offices

(3) Cafes and restaurants

(4) Community facility

(5) Veterinary services

(6) Health Care Services

(7) Educational facility

(8) Commercial services

(9) Residential activity, not exceeding one residential unit per shop or office

(10) Accessory buildings

(11) Craft workshops and studios

(12) Emergency service facilities

NCZ-R2-RDIS Activities

Subject to

(1) Any activity listed in NCZ-R1 (PER Activities) that does not comply with the Standards in NCZ-R4(1) to (6)

NCZ-R5 where relevant

Matters of discretion

(a) AA-R3(1)

(b) AA-R3(2)

NCZ-R3 NC Activities

Subject to

(1) Activities that are not PER, or RDIS

Refer to NCZ-R4(1) to (6) as a guide

NCZ-R5 where relevant



NCZ-R4 - Standards

R4(1) Scale of activity

(a) Each retail activity, restaurant, cafe, health care service, or community facility shall not exceed a gross floor area of 150 square metres

(b) Educational facilities shall provide services for no more than 8 persons at any one time (excluding staff) per site.

R4(2) Building Setbacks

(a) Buildings must be set back from the front boundary - Nil

(b) Buildings must be set back from the side and rear boundaries - Nil, unless adjoining the GRZwhere a setback of five metres is required.

R4(3) Building Coverage

The maximum extent that buildings can cover a site is 100%, subject to compliance with any setback requirements in R4(2).

R4(4) Height

(a) Maximum building height - 10m

(b) The maximum height for Emergency Service Facilities is 15m

(c) Height in relation to boundary - No part of any building shall protrude through a plane rising at an angle of 45° commencing at an elevation of 3 metres at the boundary of the GRZ.

(d) Parts of buildings that may protrude through the height control lines are chimneys, flues and similar projections, television, and telecommunication aerials and dishes, rainwater tanks, domestic scale renewable energy devices, and in addition on commercial and industrial buildings, lift machinery, air-conditioning and heating plants; all attached to the building and projecting not more than 3m above the building height standard for the zone, and less than 4m2 in area.

R4(5) Verandah Provision

All buildings that had a verandah over any part of the legal road on 7 November 2012 shall continue to provide at least equivalent pedestrian shelter. Any redevelopment of the site shall include verandahs at least as extensive as existed on that date.

R4(6) Outdoor Storage

Areas set aside or used for the outdoor storage of goods and materials associated with an activity on a site shall:

(a) not be used for storing goods and materials in a manner that exceeds 3m in height

(b) not exceed 20% building coverage, and

(c) be screened from view from any adjoining GRZ site.

NCZ-R5 Other Plan Matters

The following may also be relevant:

(1) Section 7.1 Energy, 7.2 Infrastructure, 7.3 Transportation

(2) Section 8.1 Contaminated Land, 8.2 Hazardous Substances, 8.3 Natural Hazards

(3) Chapter 11 Subdivision       

(4) Section 12.1 All Activities

(5) Section 12.3 Air Emissions, 12.4 Earthworks, 12.5 Financial Contributions, 12.6 Light, 12.7 Noise, 12.8 Signs, 12.9 Temporary Activities

(6) Part 3- Any relevant overlay

NCZ- Principal Reasons

The small nature of the sites zoned as NCZ ensures that the activities are small-scale and are compatible with the predominantly residential environments they are located within.

Standards have been developed for the zone to address potential adverse environmental effects and ensure that the scale of commercial activities is appropriate for the predominantly residential surroundings.

NCZ- Anticipated Environmental  Results


Small scale commercial activities establish and operate in existing commercial premises.


Local residents are provided with a range of conveniently located service centres.


The centres act as meeting places for neighbourhood residents.


The scale of environmental effects from non-residential activities is compatible with the residential amenity values of neighbourhood locations.