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That is quite a change for Pu­taruru.

Free­ing up land for an­other 1300 sec­tions is quite a ma­jor leap for a town of this size.

Given its prox­im­ity to both Tau­ranga and Hamil­ton, and the cost of the houses in those cities, it should prob­a­bly come as no sur­prise that growth is firmly on an up­ward trend.

Man­ag­ing that growth is the key and it is re­fresh­ing to see a com­mu­nity re­spond­ing to an is­sue, be­fore it gets out of hand.

Draw­ing fam­i­lies into our dis­trict through in­tel­li­gent plan­ning is good for ev­ery­one. En­sur­ing the cost of liv­ing re­mains at­trac­tive is im­por­tant, not only for new­com­ers, but for all the South Waikato peo­ple try­ing to get into their first homes too.

Nev­er­the­less, it is al­ways bet­ter to be on a pos­i­tive growth cy­cle, rather than one of steady de­cline.

Feel free to let us know what you think of the Pu­taruru Growth Plan. We are al­ways keen to gauge com­mu­nity feel­ing on is­sues like this.

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