Drop in for plan’s impact

Aug 28th, 2018 | By | Category: Latest News, Local Events
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A community drop-in session to provide information on impacts locally from the Waikato District Council’s Proposed District Plan is to be held in Tamahere on September 3 and 4.

All local landowners will have received a letter about the plan that either detailed the proposed changes to their property or prompted them to view the plan to see if they would like to make a submission.

The drop-in sessions are designed for those who have questions about the proposed changes or who plan to make a submission on the proposed plan.

The session in Tamahere will be held at the Tamahere Community Centre, Devine Rd, on Monday, September 3 and Tuesday, September 4, 11am-7pm.

The plan establishes the guidelines for future growth and development, including rules for protecting the district’s environment and heritage.

Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson said the plan would help the council achieve its vision of creating liveable, thriving and connected communities.

“The plan provides a new spatial vision for the future development of our communities and we look forward to receiving submissions from all community interests as we work towards finalising it.”

Waikato District Council Chief Executive Gavin Ion said the district plan was an important document for the council as it outlined for the community how the district’s land could be used, developed and subdivided.

“The plan gives guidance as to what you can do with your land – where you can put your garage and how many storeys your house can be depending on where you live in the district. But it also goes much deeper than that – we’re proud to say that our district plan also protects our culture and heritage and has innovative ways to encourage development on Maori Freehold Land with papakaainga housing developments etc.

“Up until now, the district has had two different sections of the plans, planning provisions inherited from the old Franklin District Council and one for the rest of the district. With this proposed plan, we will be united and have one set of rules and guidelines for what we can do with land and how we manage the environment.”

Reviewing the district plan has been a long process which has involved previous opportunities for the community to have their say, but the formal process of submissions is now open. The deadline for submissions is October 9.

Key changes between the current Operative Plan and the Proposed Plan include:

  • The adding of around 60 heritage sites and buildings, along with 16 notable trees to their respective lists. The rules have been amended to provide for ongoing maintenance and care or repair.
  • A consistent residential zone and redeveloped village zone, along with three business zones. Additional residential zone areas have also been created in Tuakau, Pokeno, Te Kowhai, Taupiri, Ngaruawahia and Horotiu to allow for growth, along with an additional industrial zoned area in Huntly.
  • Under the Taangata Whenua chapter, flexible provisions have been created that give more options for those with Maaori Freehold Land.

Submissions can be made online but hard copies of the submission forms are also available from all council offices, libraries and by phoning the council on 0800 492 452 to request one.

Community drop-in sessions are being held until late September throughout the district.

If you would like advice on how to make a submission, make an appointment with an independent external expert by phoning 0800 492 452. Sessions with the expert are 15-30 minutes long and will take place at the drop-in sessions.

Lots of information on the Plan and its supporting documents can be found on the council website. This is also where you can make a submission.

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One Comment to “Drop in for plan’s impact”

  1. Linda says:

    Great to see that we get another say, but absolute joke we get a letter from WDC, just simply doesn’t happen

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