Energising of Street Lighting in New Subdivision Policy

Adopted by  Council on 7 February  2011

Policy Goals

The provision of street lighting makes a significant contribution to the safety of the public during the hours of darkness. A general requirement of new subdivision planning is the provision of adequate street lighting to ensure public safety.  However, street lighting in new subdivisions will not be energised until after the construction and occupation of the first home. The exception to this policy is if the new street will be used immediately as to form part of a traffic or pedestrian way to other inhabited localities.  

Policy Implementation

As a general principle the lighting of any section of street within a new urban subdivision will not be energised until after the construction and occupation of the first house adjacent to that section of the street.

Where streets within new subdivisions are designed to provide access to other inhabited areas and the street forms part of a traffic or pedestrian route street lighting will be energised in situations where such measures make a positive contribution to public safety.

This policy has been reviewed after giving proper consideration to all the rights contained within the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006; and any reasonable limitation to human rights can be demonstrably justified.