Thumbs up on progress in ru­ral plan­ning

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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