Doing business in Izone

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Covering 188 hectares, Izone has more land developed, zoned and ready to bring services and infrastructure into development, than any industrial park in New Zealand. 

The fully master-planned, greenfield site is currently home to more than 70 companies involved mostly in manufacturing, warehousing and logistics, and servicing Canterbury’s significant agricultural sector. They’ve committed to Izone due to its state-ofthe-art infrastructure, pivotal location and stable alluvial soils.

Izone specialises in assisting clients to optimise their use of land by tailoring boundaries to best fit site size and dimension requirements.

The development’s ownership by Selwyn District Council ensures affordable land prices, low annual rates and favourable district plan rules. These include: no development levies, no maximum site cover, and no restrictions on the generation of traffic movements.

Izone specialises in assisting clients to optimise their land use by tailoring boundaries to best fit their site size and dimension requirements. The aim is to help businesses achieve an optimal building footprint and avoid unnecessary capital outlay on surplus land.

Izone is subject to a specific Business ‘2A’ zoning within the Selwyn District Plan. This provides for business activities requiring large footprint buildings and/or sites, and is subject to controls that recognise the unique characteristics of Izone, including the use of a single Outline Development Plan. 

Development contributions can amount to several hundred thousand dollars and are charged by many district councils to offset the cost of the increased demand on local water, stormwater, wastewater and roading systems. 

The amount of contribution required is typically assessed at the time the building consent application is lodged, and must be paid as a prerequisite to issuing a code of compliance certificate.

In all cases development contributions represent a major component of any new project budget.

The good news at Izone is that Selwyn District Council does not charge a contribution on new industrial and commercial buildings.

The development’s ownership by Selwyn District Council ensures commercially favourable district plan rules that include: no development levies, maximum site cover requirements, or restrictions on the generation of traffic movements. 

The Izone development includes no maximum site cover, which means that after making provision for landscaping, car parking and stormwater disposal, the balance of the land can be brought into development. In contrast, some industrial zones in Christchurch City have maximum site coverage requirements ranging from 25% to 50%.

Izone has a relatively permissive retail activity provision; any retail activity at Izone is permitted provided it occupies 20% or less of the gross floor area of building on that allotment or 2,000m2, whichever is the lesser. 

In contrast, the Business 5 (General Industrial) Zone in Christchurch limits retail activity to 20% of the net floor area on the premises used to produce, process or store those goods, or 350m2 retail floor space, whichever is the lesser.