In­dus­trial zone planned


ROBERT STEVEN Taupo¯ air­port is due for an up­grade - and a nearby com­mer­cial zone, mayor David Tre­wavas says.

The plans to de­velop the air­port are one of six projects in the coun­cil’s District Eco­nomic Strength­en­ing Plan.

The plan was re­leased this week for public scru­tiny.

Tre­wavas said vis­i­tors’ ex­pe­ri­ence would be im­proved by an up­grade to Taupo¯ air­port.

‘‘The air­port’s been great, but it was built in the 1970, so it’s just time for an up­grade.’’

The up­grade plan in­cludes a new terminal build­ing with bag­gage fa­cil­i­ties, an open carpark, and a larger tar­mac ‘‘apron’’ for planes to manou­vre and land on.

‘‘The new apron will mean we can han­dle cor­po­rate jets a lot eas­ier,’’ Tre­wavas said.

‘‘It’s a gate­way to ac­com­mo­da­tion providers like Huka Lodge, so it needs to be brought up to step.’’

A new com­mer­cial area be­tween the air­port and the ETA by­pass is also Tre­wavas said.

‘‘It won’t be re­tail. I’d ex­pect it’d ap­peal to transport and in­dus­trial in­dus­tries.

‘‘There’s easy ac­cess to the ETA by­pass there.’’

The farm­land land is owned by the coun­cil and would be sold to devel­op­ers with con­di­tions around its use, he said.

The District Eco­nomic Strength­en­ing Plan was created by coun­cil em­ploy­ees, led by John Ridd, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with iwi en­ti­ties, En­ter­prise Great pro­posed, Lake Taupo¯ , Des­ti­na­tion Great Lake Taupo¯ and Taupo¯ Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Coun­cil­lors voted to ap­prove and adopt the plan at a meet­ing on May 29.

Tre­wavas said the coun­cil ex­pected to hear back from the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment in Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber on how much, if any, of the govern­ment’s Pro­vin­cial Growth Fund Taupo¯ will re­ceive for the coun­cil’s District Eco­nomic Strength­en­ing Plan projects.

A new com­mer­cial in­dus­trial area near Taupo¯ air­port and the ETA by­pass is pro­posed by Taupo¯ District Coun­cil’s District Eco­nomic Strength­en­ing Plan.

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