It’s time to make your voice heard
The New Plymouth District Council has launched its draft District Plan as an e-plan. Instead of paging through large folders to find property or coastal information, it’s all available in a few clicks of a mouse.
‘‘We want people to give the e-plan a try and tell us what they think of it – what works, what doesn’t and where we can make any improvements,’’ says NPDC Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts.
‘‘In a few clicks, people can find information on their property anytime, anywhere.’’
District Plans are about planning for the future and key issues around population growth, business and coastal areas are being addressed in this draft plan.
‘‘As well as testing out the e-plan, we’d like to hear from residents about what we’re proposing on these issues,’’ said Mr Hodgetts. ‘‘We’ve got more information on our website at newplymouthnz.com/ DraftDistrictPlan, including a link to the e-plan.’’
PLANNING FOR OUR DISTRICT’S GROWTH
New Plymouth is a growing community. Nationally, it is recognised as a high-growth area and requires enough homes for about 1000 more people each year.
‘‘That equates to about 370 new homes per year,’’ says Mr Hodgetts. ‘‘The draft District Plan allows for more housing within our existing urban areas and also identifies areas for future urban development.
‘‘We’ll also need houses of various types for different needs as our community ages – for instance, good-quality smaller houses that are close to transport hubs and activity areas.’’
The draft plan identifies urban growth areas where the city will grow in the long-term (10 to 30 years’ time).
NPDC intends to focus its efforts on:
Existing zoned areas that are not yet developed; rural areas on the fringe of the city and towns for rezoning to residential; changing the rules on what houses can be built in the city and towns to allow for smaller and different types of houses; changing the zoning within the city and towns, e.g. in New Plymouth and Waitara, rezoning some land from business to residential; earmarking rural land for future urban growth.
Public feedback on the draft District Plan closes on Friday, March 16.
New Plymouth needs around 370 new houses every year.