Tamahere’s future in community’s hands


Tamahere residents have a chance to give their views on how Tamahere develops – to have a say on everything from walkways, cycleways and commercial development to roads, reserves and recreational areas.

The Waikato District Council is holding an open day in the Tamahere Community Centre from 3pm to 7.30pm on Thursday, July 29. On display and up for discussion will be issues and options for changes and development of the Tamahere Country Living Zone or CLZ – an area bounded by the Waikato River and Windmill, Tauwhare and Airport roads.

All Tamahere Ward residents are urged to attend and make their views known as changes within the CLZ will have effects well outside the zone.

Below are some of the issues up for debate on which views are sought:

  • Closure of Newell Rd at Airport Rd and a new connection being established from Airport Rd, near Regal Haulage, to Devine Rd.
  • The future of the land beside the Tamahere Community Centre. The land is owned by the council and could remain that way or it could be made into a reserve, which would mean it could not be sold without community consultation.
  • Walkways and cycleways – can paths be shared by both pedestrians and cyclists or should they have separate paths? What should they be made of – sand, metal or concrete?
  • Devine Rd link to the State Highway 1 on-ramp. At some time in the future, Land Transport NZ plans to close Devine Rd’s link to the on-ramp, a move which would have serious consequences for the Tamahere School, parents and children.
  • Commercial development – does Tamahere need it, how much, of what kind, where? Does it need a dairy, a service station, a fast food outlet, a village centre? This will be a mounting issue when, within 10 years, the Waikato Expressway (from Huntly) is completed and Airport Rd becomes a convenient link between State Highways 1 and 3.
  • Drainage – the council is reviewing drainage in the area and needs to hear from those affected.

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