Spa­tial plan a ‘blue­print’ for the city’s fu­ture

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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.

CHRIS­TEL YARDLEY/STUFF

The spa­tial plan will shape Ro­torua’s fu­ture.

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