Plan­ning for Ti­rau Do­main still in DOC limbo

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The Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion has made ‘‘vir­tu­ally’’ lit­tle progress on the Ti­rau Do­main sit­u­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to DOC Waikato community re­la­tions of­fi­cer Trevor Ir­win.

Last year South Waikato News re­ported that a de­lay by the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion had meant South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil was un­able to move for­ward in its plan­ning for the 5.56ha Ti­rau do­main.

At the time Mr Ir­win was work- ing on a re­port which would be shared with the SWDC on whether the Ti­rau Do­main can be leased and whether hav­ing a lessee fits in with the def­i­ni­tion of a re­cre­ation re­serve.

‘‘We have vir­tu­ally made lit­tle progress on that.

‘‘We are aware that it is a mat­ter we need to move on and that is our in­ten­tion,’’ he said.

The sit­u­a­tion, which has been drawn out for three years, arose when cen­tral Gov­ern­ment ruled in 2009 to in­tro­duce the 1977 Re­serves Act that shifted own­er­ship from the coun­cil to the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion.

Mr Ir­win said his staff were work­ing on a rec­om­men­da­tion but were fac­ing sev­eral is­sues.

‘‘There is the whole ques­tion of Ti­rau be­ing a re­cre­ation re­serve and in pub­lic use. We have to look at whether a lease is an ap­pro­pri­ate way to man­age. Whether this fits in with why re­cre­ation re­serves ex­ist. That’s the main mat­ter. Then there is the huge work­load we are work­ing through – a pile of pa­pers sit­ting on our desks we have to get through.’’

How­ever, last week SWDC chief ex­ec­u­tive David Hall said de­signs to re­de­velop the SH1/5 in­ter­sec­tion, which bor­ders a sec­tion of the do­main, were be­ing cre­ated and could be drawn up around June of next year.

‘‘So some­time dur­ing the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year we would like to get some plans de­vel­oped as to how that in­ter­sec­tion is go­ing to work.’’

Mr Hall said there was a rea­son­able like­li­hood that plans would re­quire some Ti­rau Do­main land.

‘‘ What­ever hap­pens there, it has a pos­i­tive and a neg­a­tive side. The neg­a­tive is that we may lose some land, the pos­i­tive is that we may ac­tu­ally get a much bet­ter ac­cess point.

‘‘Nei­ther of them (ac­cess points) are great,’’ he said.

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