Landscape guidelines for subdivision and development

Hastings’ landscapes are essential to the district’s identity and economic life, encapsulated in slogans such as ‘Hawkes Bay Wine Country’. The landscapes of orchards, vineyards and fertile croplands set against a backdrop of bold open hills reflect the district’s productive activity, sense of place, and lifestyle. The same landscapes have also drawn people to lifestyle living.

Development, however, may lead to the loss of Hastings’ distinctive rural landscapes, potentially resulting in areas dominated by buildings, scarred by earthworks, and marred by incompatible planting. A single inappropriate development can have impacts over a wide area. There are concerns that such development could “kill the goose that lays the golden egg”.

The purpose of these guidelines is to encourage development design that protects and enhances the qualities of Hastings District’s rural landscapes.