Thumbs up on progress in rural planning
The early stages of planning the future development of Judgeford and Pauatahanui have been given a rousing thumbs-up from councillors and local residents, after workshops last week.
Porirua City Council is creating a ‘structure plan’ that will guide development in the city’s rural outskirts; managing subdivisions, looking at the pressure Transmission Gully will bring, ensuring sensitivity to wildlife and the Pauatahanui Inlet, considering the cultural and historical heritage of the village and meeting the needs of communities and businesses in the area.
The Lodge at the Inlet hosted more than 50 people on December 6, where interactive displays, maps and workshops encouraged input.
Pauatahanui Residents Association secretary Alan Gray said the discussion was lively.
‘‘We do need more occasions like this but it is a good start to see where the council and consultants have got to. It was a great opportunity for the public to have a say and plenty of ideas were presented. We’re happy with where it’s sitting at the moment.’’
Mr Gray said there were ‘‘still a few concerns’’ people had regarding development of the area, so they will be interested to see PCC’S draft plan, due mid-2012.
The aim is to have a finalised structure plan for adoption this time next year.
Council’s planning portfolio holder, councillor Tim Sheppard, says he is ‘‘ very, very impressed’’ with the work council officers and consultants have put together. He and other councillors were given a briefing in a non-public workshop late last week.
‘‘We’re off to a fantastic start and there has been wonderful engagement with the community, who obviously have lots of good ideas that will be fed in and be taken on board.
‘‘I think the consultants [which include Urbanismplus] and council officers have done excellent work, looking at the economic, environment, health, transport and other angles. I went away [ from the workshop] very enthused.’’
Consultants were engaged in October, and local iwi, environmental groups, Pauatahanui Residents Association, Historic Places Trust, the regional council and New Zealand Transport Agency have been consulted. There will be another public meeting, on February 14, with the venue to be confirmed, before a report goes to council in April.