Call for a strat­egy to make Mt Al­bert thrive again

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“You re­ally can’t start the strat­egy stuff early enough. The key is to get as much sup­port by the time coun­cil’s draft an­nual plan comes up for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion this month,” says Mr Don­nelly.

“To be suc­cess­ful there will need to be a strong eco­nomic fo­cus around the ex­ist­ing strengths of the area, and good qual­ity com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments.”

Coun­cil of­fi­cers will re­port on what is needed to set up a plan­ning frame­work for the area and the ex­pected costs at this month’s city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee meet­ing.

A de­ci­sion will then be made on whether Mr Don­nelly’s con­cept is fea­si­ble.

“All this de­ter­mines how the area will de­velop. If there is no strate­gic plan then every­one will op­er­ate in the dark.

“If I get this through, hope­fully it will start a plan­ning process that can guide the train sta­tion up­grade.”

Mr Don­nelly says Unitec is a key eco­nomic driver not only through its own growth, but by the way its cam­pus could be used to pro­vide a mix of com­mer­cial and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Unitec chief ex­ec­u­tive Rick Ede says he is keen to dis­cuss how the cam­pus and com­mu­nity can work to­gether.

“We are cur­rently go­ing through a strate­gic re­view process and it’s one of my as­pi­ra­tions for the cam­pus to be­come bet­ter in­te­grated with the Mt Al­bert com­mu­nity.

“We have an open mind as to what it would look like but cer­tainly we’d like to be part of the dis­cus­sion.”

Tell us what you think. What would you like to see as part of a mas­ter plan for Mt Al­bert? Email edcl@snl. co.nz.

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