Ahu Ake - Waipā Community Spatial Plan
We’re working on an exciting project called Ahu Ake – Waipā Community Spatial Plan.
It is the first of its kind for Waipā and will act as a blueprint for our district for the next 30+years, mapping out what our towns and villages will look like, how we’ll move around, what services we’ll have available and how we’ll care for our environment among other things.
Over the coming months, we will be sharing more with you on this project as we work to develop a draft plan. Visit www.ahuakewaipa.nz for more information and regular updates on how we are progressing.
What is happening now?
We are working with our project partners and stakeholders and to develop a draft spatial plan. As part of this, we are considering what the future of our district may look like and what Council may need to do to achieve our vision and community outcomes.
Our vision is what we are striving for, our community outcomes are what we need to achieve to make it a reality, and our spatial plan is how we get there. Once the draft spatial plan is complete, we’ll share it with the community for feedback and work together to create Ahu Ake –Waipā Community Spatial Plan.
What is a spatial plan?
A spatial plan is a blueprint for a district that provides the foundation for all future planning and investment by Council. Ultimately, it will help to determine what our district looks like in 30+ years’ time and map out how we get there.
Ahu Ake – Waipā Community Spatial Plan will consider things like whether we need more walking and cycling infrastructure in our towns and villages or parks and open spaces, whether we should allow for more development in our rural spaces or intensification in our town centres. It will map out how we are going to look after our environment and tackle climate change, how we are going to keep our economy thriving and attract more businesses to our district, and so much more.
The spatial plan will set out where we want to go and how we are going to get there, and from it we’ll know what we need to do to manage growth, what investment decisions we need to make and how we can ensure Waipā continues to be a great place to live, work, and play.
How is it used?
Ahu Ake – Waipā Community Spatial Plan will form the foundation of all other planning we carry out in the future including the Waipā 2050 Growth Strategy update, the Environment Strategy, the Economic Wellbeing Strategy, Annual Plans, Long Term Plans and more. It will set the strategic direction, while these and other topic-specific strategies fill in the details.
Creating a spatial plan is a big job, but one we are passionate about, and we want to bring you along with us. As we move through this process, keep an eye out for regular updates and ways you can give feedback.
Working together, we can build connected Waipā communities.
Visit www.ahuakewaipa.nz for more information.