Meet­ing calls for fast track­ing of fu­ture growth

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Te Puke lo­cals out­lined their ex­pec­ta­tions of fu­ture growth to SmartGrowth Lead­er­ship Group mem­bers at a well-at­tended meet­ing last week.

SmartGrowth was look­ing for re­sponses to its Fu­ture De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy and re­ceived many con­sid­ered and clearly ex­pressed views from those at­tend­ing.

Many of the speak­ers urged SmartGrowth to ac­cel­er­ate growth in ar­eas like Te Puke, Paen­garoa and Pon­gakawa.

Peo­ple also spoke strongly in sup­port of ac­cel­er­at­ing de­vel­op­ment of the Rangiuru Busi­ness Park, while oth­ers urged greater use of rail, cy­cle paths and walk­ways as bet­ter transport op­tions.

En­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial is­sues fea­tured promi­nently too, with speak­ers ar­gu­ing for more hous­ing op­tions for the bur­geon­ing ki­wifruit in­dus­try and its grow­ing work­force.

The meet­ing was co-hosted by Te Puke EDG’s Mark Boyle.

“Present was a broad cross­sec­tion of our eco­nomic sec­tors and com­mu­nity who were con­sis­tent in their mes­sag­ing,”

The Te Puke dis­trict wants to see fast­track­ing of ap­provals for new hous­ing in Paen­garoa, Pon­gakawa and Puke­hina Beach. We have de­vel­op­ers ready go.’ to

he said. “The Te Puke dis­trict wants to see fast-track­ing of ap­provals for new hous­ing in Paen­garoa, Pon­gakawa and Puke­hina Beach. We have de­vel­op­ers ready to go.

“They are equipped to de­liver high-qual­ity hous­ing and to make the nec­es­sary fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions for in­fras­truc­ture. Ki­wifruit in­dus­try growth and the planned Rangiuru Busi­ness Park will de­liver con­tin­u­ing eco­nomic growth and an in­creased need for hous­ing.”

Con­sul­ta­tion on the Fu­ture De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy and the Tau­ranga Ur­ban Strat­egy closes on Novem­ber 5. Peo­ple can read the doc­u­ments and make a sub­mis­sion at www.smart­growth­bop.org.nz.

Mark Boyle

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