GCL provides LUCs for the purposes of transferable lot subdivisions. This currently appliers to subdivisions within the Rodney, Franklin and Waikato regions
The Land Use Capability (LUC) Classification is defined as a systematic arrangement of different kinds of land according to those properties that determine its capacity for long-term sustained production. Capability is used in the sense of suitability for productive use or uses after taking into account the physical limitations of the land.
The LUC Class is the broadest grouping of the capability classification. It is an assessment of the land’s capability for use, while taking into account its physical limitations and its versatility for sustained production.
LUC Classes 1 to 4 are suitable for arable cropping (including vegetable cropping), horticultural (including vineyards and berry fields), pastoral grazing, tree crop or production forestry use. Classes 5 to 7 are not suitable for arable cropping but are suitable for pastoral grazing, tree crop or production forestry use, and in some cases vineyards and berry fields. The limitations to use reach a maximum with LUC Class 8. Class 8 land is unsuitable for grazing or production forestry, and is best managed for catchment protection and/or conservation or biodiversity.