Community info evening
TheOmokoroa communityis invited to an information evening nextweek to find out moreabout infrastructure developments across the Peninsula over the next two years.
The event, hosted by Western Bay of Plenty District Council, will be on Wednesday, December 2, from 7pm9pmat the Settlers’ Hall.
It’s estimated that by 2060, the OmokoroaPeninsula will be fully developed andhometo 12,000 residents. Tocater for this significant growth and the need for continuing improvements to the Peninsula’s infrastructure, council is undertaking a series of projects— roading, reserves, cycleways, stormwater, building and planning— between nowand 2022.
At the information evening, council will provide ahigh-level overview of the various projects, and following the presentation, attendees will be able to ask questions about the specific projects under four key categories— roading, recreation, planning and community.
Western Bay MayorGarryWebber says the projects will be transformational for theOmokoroa area.
“Wewant all current and future residents ofOmokoroa to be able to benefit from a fantastic quality of life and be able to enjoy a wide variety of facilities, right on their doorstep. The projects are the result of sound planning work and reflect the spatial planning that will support all land use development in Omokoroain the future.
“Additionally, the projects have the potential to create around 150 newjobs for the region,” saysGarry.
The first set of projects include the upgrade of 1.3km ofOmokoroaRd from WesternAve toTralee St, urbanisation of Prole Rd, and replacement of the playgroundon the domain foreshore with anew destination playground.
Altogether, there are morethan 15 council-initiated projects, alongwith private development, and which includes collaboration with tangata whenua, Pirirakau hapu¯; the Ministry of Education; andWakaKotahiNZ Transport Agency.
“As is the case with large-scale infrastructure development, there will be somelevel of disruption in the community during the various construction phases,” says Garry.
“These will be carefullymanaged to keep impacts to aminimumand weapologise in advance for the disruption.
“However, it’s critical thatweact nowto be able to appropriately cater for the expected growth inOmokoroa long-term.”
The total projects are estimated to cost $50 million, of which $14 million is co-funded by theGovernment under its Shovel Ready Infrastructure Programme.
Formore information on current projects, visit council’s ‘Omokoroa Peninsula Projects’ webpage and storymapat www.westernbay.govt. nz/omokoroaprojects