Spatial plan a ‘blueprint’ for the city’s future
A draft spatial plan for the Rotorua district has been approved for formal public consultation with submissions opening on October 9.
‘‘The spatial plan is about shaping our place and shaping our future – it’s a blueprint for how we want Rotorua to look in future,’’ Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick said.
The spatial plan will establish how the district will grow, develop and change over time to deliver on Rotorua’s 2030 vision and goals.
It will determine where housing and other types of development should go, how that should happen and how much, where recreational areas should be located and how neighbourhoods should grow.
It will also be a guide for investors and developers.
‘‘The draft plan strongly reflects the refresh of the district’s 2030 vision which we undertook with the community earlier this year.
‘‘The refresh established The Rotorua Way – the direction and priorities for the next few years, focussing on our district’s strengths and opportunities to build on those,’’ she said.
‘‘The spatial plan is another piece of the puzzle towards achieving our 2030 goals, ensuring we grow in a planned, sustainable way.
‘‘It will be a very important document for Council and for the community, feeding into future annual, long term and district plans and providing guidance for the development of infrastructure.
‘‘Feedback for the spatial plan will also be looked at in the context of the 2018-28 Long-term Plan which elected members are starting to work on now in a series of workshops.’’
Council undertook informal engagement and consultation earlier this to provide input into the draft spatial plan.
About 1000 people got involved, providing feedback online and through meetings and workshops – including four youth-focussed meetings – with 449 providing written feedback.
‘‘We’re now coming back to the community to check we’re headed in the right direction,’’ Chadwick said.
Submissions will open October 9 and close November 17.
A finalised plan is expected to be adopted by Council in February 2018.
The spatial plan will shape Rotorua’s future.