Pu­taruru plan­ning ahead

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After 20 years of pop­u­la­tion de­cline, South Waikato is grow­ing which is hav­ing positive and neg­a­tive ef­fects, in­clud­ing a short­age of houses and land for build­ing.

Lo­cal group Puta¯ ruru Mov­ing For­ward (Pmf)wants to sup­port busi­ness and res­i­den­tial growth, and have worked with the South Waikato District Coun­cil to de­velo a Pu­taruru Growth Plan.

Fol­low­ing a public meet­ing on the is­sue in May, the draft plan was amended and made avail­able for com­ment through a sur­vey. It has been amended based on this feed­back, staff in­ves­ti­ga­tions and con­tin­ued landowner dis­cus­sions.

Sur­vey re­sults show 94% of re­spon­dents sup­port plan­ning ahead for fu­ture growth with a sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing of 3.6 out of 5 for the draft con­cept.

There will be fur­ther chances for feed­back.

‘‘We are ex­cited by present growth and the potential for fur­ther devel­op­ment in the district ... We want to make sure Puta¯ruru is ready to play its part over the next few years,’’ said PMF Chair­per­son Stu Ed­meades.

Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Group Manager, Sam Mar­shall said plan­ning would avoid un­planned devel­op­ment, sprawl, poor de­sign and poor man­age­ment of in­fra­struc­ture.

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