Councils need backbone on land use
It’s a constant fight to save good Heretaunga Plains soils from being lost forever under housing.
Recently we had the extremely disappointing result of the joint-council working group accepting every recommendation made in the HPUDS (Heretaunga Plains Urban Development Strategy) review. This include recommending sub-dividing land that we had previously fought against subdivision and won.
To say that we had put a lot of work into trying to convince the working group that there were other options for housing development, would be an understatement. This work takes a great deal of the association’s time and money. So what happens from here?
These recommendations now go back to the respective councils for consideration and it is here that the councils can show some backbone, stop being developer driven, set up a robust and sustainable strategy, and look at the long term economics of Hawke’s Bay’s future.
The HPUDS review can be viewed here www.hpuds.co.nz/review, it is long and wordy and takes a while to get our respective heads around but be assured we will fight for the future of growing in HB.
Recently we took several members of the Hastings District Council on a tour of the Heretaunga Plains, showing them where we believe we need to preserve the soils and where we think housing development could go…we offered solutions.
The map on this page shows starkly how much good LUC (Land Use Capability) 1-3 land has been lost already; we don’t want to continue in this vein. We believe it is time for a change in direction, we are not against development, but not at the cost of loss of prime growing soils in Hawke’s Bay.