Growth plan progress

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The Pu­taruru Growth Plan­ning project will pro­vide abut 43 new sec­tions a year, in the town, for 30 years.

‘‘We need to re­mem­ber that 1300 sec­tions are not go­ing to be avail­able to­mor­row how­ever a Dis­trict Plan re­view look­ing to re­zone and for ad­di­tional hous­ing has started al­ready,’’ mayor Jenny Shat­tock said.

‘‘The Growth Plan looks out 30 years and if all ar­eas iden­ti­fied for re-zon­ing go ahead we could be look­ing at around 1300 sec­tions over the next three decades or more; or roughly 43 new sec­tions per year,’’ said the coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity Group man­ager Sam Mar­shall.

Mar­shall said the rate of de­vel­op­ment was de­pen­dent on mar­ket de­mand and the coun­cil’s abil­ity to ser­vice new de­vel­op­ment with in­fra­struc­ture.

The South Waikato In­vest­ment Trust is also keen to see the growth plan move for­ward.

‘‘The South Waikato Dis­trict has sev­eral ad­van­tages for busi­nesses look­ing to es­tab­lish or ex­pand here,’’ said the trust’s Fran­cis Pauwels.

’’Th­ese in­clude lo­ca­tions on State High­way One, prox­im­ity to ports, the ex­press­way, rail links, and ac­cess to a re­li­able work­force that can af­ford to live here.’’

Pauwels said it was time to cap­i­talise on Pu­taruru’s lo­ca­tion ad­van­tages to lure those be­ing pushed out of Auckland.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Pu­taruru’s town cen­tre.

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