Feedback sought on hub, roads


Tamahere people are being asked for their views on significant changes for Tamahere, including the site for a proposed village hub or retail centre, and on far-reaching changes to local roads.

The Waikato District Council held a well-attended open day in the Tamahere Community Centre this week to gauge views on two options for a hub and on a number of proposed roading changes, which could significantly impact on the way locals use and travel around the area.

The deadline for feedback, on the form available here on Tamahere Forum, is Friday, February 18.

Click the following link to read the options the council proposes (pdf): Tamahere village proposals

Click the following link for the feedback form (pdf): Tamahere village feedback form

The council owns approximately 9ha of land around the Tamahere Hall and between Devine Road and Airport Road/State Highway 21 within which it needs to provide for recreation use, a link road from Devine Road to Airport Rd and for commercial/retail activities.

A Business Zone will be put in place on a portion of the land to allow for commercial/retail development. The zone needs to be about 1-1.5ha to adequately provide for on-site parking, site design, storm water retention, water supply and waste water disposal.

Once appropriate zoning and conditions are in place the land would be sold to a developer to create a commercial/retail area.

The council also proposed a number of changes to the local road network involving Newell Rd, Devine Rd and Airport Rd, which could significantly effect the way people travel around the area including getting to and from Tamahere School.

After the council has received locals’ feedback it will have a workshop on the proposals on March 15. A final issues and options report will go to a council committee in May. The final proposal is expected to be notified in October.

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