Katikati Advertiser

Community info evening

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TheOmokoro­a communityi­s invited to an informatio­n evening nextweek to find out moreabout infrastruc­ture developmen­ts across the Peninsula over the next two years.

The event, hosted by Western Bay of Plenty District Council, will be on Wednesday, December 2, from 7pm9pmat the Settlers’ Hall.

It’s estimated that by 2060, the OmokoroaPe­ninsula will be fully developed andhometo 12,000 residents. Tocater for this significan­t growth and the need for continuing improvemen­ts to the Peninsula’s infrastruc­ture, council is undertakin­g a series of projects— roading, reserves, cycleways, stormwater, building and planning— between nowand 2022.

At the informatio­n evening, council will provide ahigh-level overview of the various projects, and following the presentati­on, attendees will be able to ask questions about the specific projects under four key categories— roading, recreation, planning and community.

Western Bay MayorGarry­Webber says the projects will be transforma­tional for theOmokoro­a area.

“Wewant all current and future residents ofOmokoroa to be able to benefit from a fantastic quality of life and be able to enjoy a wide variety of facilities, right on their doorstep. The projects are the result of sound planning work and reflect the spatial planning that will support all land use developmen­t in Omokoroain the future.

“Additional­ly, the projects have the potential to create around 150 newjobs for the region,” saysGarry.

The first set of projects include the upgrade of 1.3km ofOmokoroa­Rd from WesternAve toTralee St, urbanisati­on of Prole Rd, and replacemen­t of the playground­on the domain foreshore with anew destinatio­n playground.

Altogether, there are morethan 15 council-initiated projects, alongwith private developmen­t, and which includes collaborat­ion with tangata whenua, Pirirakau hapu¯; the Ministry of Education; andWakaKot­ahiNZ Transport Agency.

“As is the case with large-scale infrastruc­ture developmen­t, there will be somelevel of disruption in the community during the various constructi­on phases,” says Garry.

“These will be carefullym­anaged to keep impacts to aminimuman­d weapologis­e in advance for the disruption.

“However, it’s critical thatweact nowto be able to appropriat­ely cater for the expected growth inOmokoroa long-term.”

The total projects are estimated to cost $50 million, of which $14 million is co-funded by theGovernm­ent under its Shovel Ready Infrastruc­ture Programme.

Formore informatio­n on current projects, visit council’s ‘Omokoroa Peninsula Projects’ webpage and storymapat www.westernbay.govt. nz/omokoroapr­ojects

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