WDC buys Devine Rd property

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The Waikato District Council has bought the Witehira property at 61 Devine Rd as part of plans for the central Tamahere village hub.

Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes described the $800,000 purchase as a “strategic piece of land for the community.” The around 1ha property adjoins Tamahere School and the around 9ha of council-owned land from Devine Rd to Airport Rd, which includes the Tamahere Community Centre.

“The purchase was initiated as a result of community feedback last year on ideas for a central hub, including a piazza and a cricket oval,” Hayes said.

The area of council-owned land in Tamahere now met the required ratio of recreational to residential land, he said. The houses on the property would be leased until the land was needed for community recreational facilities.

The deadline for feedback on options for the site and style of village hub is this Friday, February 18. Click here for earlier story, including detail on the options and a feedback form.

Hayes also welcomed the news that a footpath is to be built on Tauwhare Rd between Woodcock Rd and the State Highway 1 roundabouts.

“It’s a big issue particularly for Woodcock Rd residents who want to see their kids get safely to and from bus stops and school. It’s been a long time coming and we’ve worked on this for two to three years,” Hayes said.

The footpath is expected to be completed by late May.

Also getting attention is the Newell Rd dip, a sharp drop in the road that impedes drivers’ vision. The council will be flattening out the dip to allow for better vision and adding a footpath on the western side of the road. The work is expected to be completed by early June. A 460m extension to the existing Newell Rd footpath taking it to Meadowbank Drive could be done by late May.

Another planned footpath, from Birchwood Lane to Camdon Place is, however, on hold. It was expected to go ahead this month but the work has been postponed while the council and adjoining landowners discuss a possible extension of Birchwood Lane.

Also up for review is the Tamahere Community Plan, last produced in 2004. The plan, which provides an overarching, community-wide vision of the entire Tamahere ward is reviewed every six years.

The council’s initial consultation will be with the Tamahere Community Committee to formulate a draft plan, which is expected to be available for community-wide distribution by mid-April.

Councillor Hayes described the existing plan as a “good foundation.”

“Times have changed and we need to talk to the community to get an up-to-date vision.”

Click the following link for the 2004 community plan (pdf):Tamahere Community Plan

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