Draft Ngahinapouri Village Concept Plan
Feedback on the Draft Ngahinapouri Village Concept Plan is now open!
Let us know what you think about the Draft Ngahinapouri Village Concept Plan! A draft concept plan provides an overview of what could take place in an area as it changes over time. For Ngahinapouri, this means new housing subdivisions, a new community hub with economic and social activities, and safer transport options to consider.
Check it out!
- Click here to view the Draft Ngahinapouri Village Concept Plan
- Click here to view the summary brochure, including an overall map view.
- Click here to see a storyboard version.
Supporting technical documents
- Click here to read the Transport Assessment
- Click here to read the Multi-criteria Analysis
- Click here to read the Three Waters Assessment
- Click here to read the Liquefaction Study
Come to one of our community drop-in events!
We’ll be hosting community drop in events on Wednesday 10 March from 3.30-6pm at Ngahinapouri School and will be holding an event at the Ngahinapouri Hall with Gourmet To Go food trucks on Sunday 21 March 2021 from 5-8pm. Learn more about what went in to developing the plan from Justine Kennedy, Strategic Projects Driver and Bryan Hudson, Transportation Manager from Waipā District Council.
Representatives from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency and the Ministry of Education will also be there to provide expert commentary.
Have your say!
The consultation period will be open from Monday 8 March until 5pm, Friday 9 April 2021 for Ngahinapouri Village.
A village concept plan was developed in 2014 by Beca on behalf of Waipā District Council to assist in providing for sustainable growth of the village as it develops in the future. This plan was not adopted due to Council cost and safety considerations regarding the intersection of State Highway 39, Reid Road and Ngahinapouri Road.
In 2018, Council contracted Boffa Miskell and Tonkin + Taylor to begin work again on a Village Concept Plan for Ngahinapouri. The purpose of this Plan was expanded to include structure plans for the three growth cells identified for large lot residential development in the Waipa 2050 Growth Strategy. This process has so far involved engagement with iwi partners and key community stakeholders as well as Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency and the Ministry of Education.
We have developed structure plans for the three growth cells – currently known as N1, N2 and N3 located on both sides of Reid Road – and have put forward a recommended option for the intersection of State Highway 39, Reid Road and Ngahinapouri Road. This is what we’re bringing back to the community as the draft Concept Plan.
The draft Village Concept Plan so far incorporates feedback from iwi partners, key community stakeholders, Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency, the Ministry of Education and Council managers.
The key ideas for consideration from this feedback include:
- A community hub
- Large lot residential areas for growth
- Provision for future primary school expansion to meet growing population demands.
- An improved intersection of Ngahinapouri Road, Reid Road and SH39
These are outlined in the draft Concept Plan in more detail.
The community hub could include amenities (for example a church, creche or café), with good linkages to Stewart Reid Memorial Park, Ngahinapouri Golf Club and Ngahinapouri School. The hub is expected to provide an area to socialise as well as bring economic opportunities to the village but the exact layout will be dependent on the developers aspirations. Any new developments would be designed to fit in with the existing village atmosphere but what exactly is in place is up to the developer’s aspirations.
Getting to and from school and the rest of the Ngahinapouri village means we need safe walking and cycling links. We’ve included these in our structure plans for the three large lot residential growth cells so children can safely walk or cycle to school, families can walk down to the local community hub and a safe area is available for people to exercise. We’ve also put together some design considerations so the new housing areas can blend in well with established areas.
The Ministry of Education is responsible for decisions about schools and education across New Zealand. This includes school population demands, growth and expansion of current facilities.
Council have worked with the Ministry and the School to help produce the six intersection options.
Currently, the Ministry has no plans to expand the school grounds in the foreseeable future. Due to projected population growth, some of the draft intersection options provide potential for the school to expand.
What considerations did you take into account for options for the State Highway 39, Ngahinapouri and Reid Roads intersection?
As this section of road includes State Highway 39, Council engaged with representatives from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency when considering intersection options. Traffic volumes on State Highway 39 are expected to increase so we had traffic modelling carried out by Tonkin & Taylor.
They considered traffic volumes that included no development in Ngahinapouri, along with low development (2 per cent annual growth) and high development (5 per cent annual growth) scenarios. The low development scenario is the most likely and models Council expectations.
Modelling showed that the existing intersection will be sufficient for current and predicted traffic volumes until about 2035. After that, the modelling suggested there would be increasingly long wait times for vehicles on Ngahinapouri and Reid Roads at peak times in the morning and evening.
Because of this, Council asked Tonkin & Taylor to investigate different options for the intersection.
- Do nothing (keep the current layout but with upgrades to Reid Road to make it safer for kids to get to school)
- Staggered T Intersection (realign Reid Road so that Ngahinapouri and Reid Roads don’t meet directly across from each other)
- Traffic Lights (signalled intersection)
- Traditional Roundabout (four way roundabout)
- Realigned Roundabout (realign Reid and Ngahinapouri roads south and build a four lane roundabout)
- 3-Leg Roundabout (close the eastern end of Reid Road, shift that intersection south approximately 200m and create a three-leg roundabout onto SH39)
In order to assess each intersection fairly, we identified twelve criteria across three key areas. These were Waipā District Council objectives (community considerations), Urban Design objectives (sustainable and future design considerations), and Transport objectives (road safety considerations). These objectives were weighted (as a percentage) to provide a balanced approach with no single criteria being able to skew the overall results.
Waipā District Council objectives:
- Connected with community: Is this what the community wants? (5%)
- Environmental and cultural champions: Does this enhance the environment and cultural wellbeing of the community? (5%)
- Economically progressive: Does this contribute positively to the local economy and provide value to the community? (5%)
- Socially responsible: Does this enhance quality of life for local community? (5%)
Urban design objectives:
- Community facilities & amenities: Does this enhance the proposed community? (5%)
- Self-explaining roads: Does this provide a user-friendly interaction and road network for all users? (5%)
- Place making: Does this contribute to a desired sense of place?(5%)
- Open space network: Does this enhance the open space network? (5%)
- Regulatory risk: How likely is this to meet asset owner approval or achieve Resource Management Act compliance (10%)
- Road safety (vehicle): Does this reduce crash risk? (10%)
- Road safety (pedestrian/cyclist): Does this enhance safety of vulnerable road users? (10%)
- Efficiency (traffic): Does this improve traffic movements? (5%)
- Buildability: Is this feasible? (10%)
- Ongoing liability: What are the long-term maintenance and operational risks (15%)
Scoring was undertaken using a 7 point scale to improve the quality of results. Using this system meant subtle differences could be represented in the scoring.
- 3 = significant enhancement
- 2 = moderate enhancement
- 1 = slight enhancement
- 0 = neutral
- -1 = slight detraction
- -2 = moderate detraction
- -3 = significant detraction (fatal flaw)
The 3-leg roundabout will yield the best results, meeting all community objectives, urban design objectives and the majority of transport objectives.
We’ll consider community feedback about the draft Concept Plan and amend it as appropriate.
The final draft Plan will be presented to Council in August 2021, where elected members will decide whether to adopt the draft or request further changes be made.
Once the plan is adopted, resulting projects will be put forward into Long Term Plans for funding consideration.