Growth drives plan changes

​22 November 2017

Community input is being sought on three separate plan changes as Waipa District Council works to implement its District Growth Strategy and Cambridge structure plans.

The District Growth Strategy aims to facilitate and guide how growth will be accommodated across the district. The structure plans are the next step in guiding development; they set out how and where everything will go and what development could look like.

Earlier this year Council shared draft plans with the community on how it would cater for the additional 25,000 people expected to call Waipa home by 2050. A number of changes, prompted by the community,  were made before the final strategy was adopted by Council in September.

Manager strategy and community relationships Jo Ireland said the growth strategy is Council’s blueprint to manage growth across the district.

“To cater for growth we need to plan where people will live, where new housing will be built, if the town needs new retail development, parks and amenities and how we might achieve all that while ensuring we retain the character of our towns.”

The strategy includes introducing three new growth areas in northwest Cambridge,  bordering the town belt. These developments could provide approximately 2,600 new homes and include neighbourhood shopping centres.

“Waipa is an attractive place to live, work and play and it’s no surprise the market is telling us more and more people want to live and do business here. Council needs to make sure we have the infrastructure, land and plans in place to welcome new people into the district and in a way which is affordable and fair to all ratepayers, including long-time ratepayers.”

The three plan changes detail where everything will go and what potential development could look like. It also updates the Hautapu Structure Plan to provide water, wastewater and stormwater to industrial land.

Council are asking for feedback on the plan changes before 15 December 2017. Learn more and have you say at          ​      

For more information, contact: Nicole Nooyen 027 807 3478
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