It’s time to make your voice heard

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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.

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New Ply­mouth needs around 370 new houses ev­ery year.

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