Growth plan progress
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.
Putaruru’s town centre.