Council is asking for public feedback to inform its review of the Ngaaruawaahia, Hopuhopu and Taupiri Structure Plan and the introduction of a brand-new Ngaaruawaahia Town Centre Plan.
Structure and Town plans guide the development or redevelopment of the Town Centre and help define areas for open spaces such as parks, playgrounds and reserves, land use, identity and climate change and other key features, and the review is set to reflect changing community needs.
“If you live in these areas, this is your opportunity to help to shape the future of your community and what it will look like,” says Council Strategic Planning Team Leader Donna Tracey.
“The survey covers key areas such as road and rail safety, walking and cycling connectivity, climate change, identity and also gives the opportunity for respondents to indicate which factors are most important to them personally.”
The public survey has been launched following an early engagement phase with a focus on mana whenua – those with ancestral ties to the land – in these areas and Council was pleased to see great engagement with mana whenua as a part of this process.
“We were very pleased with the response we received from mana whenua as a part of that early engagement phase,” adds Tracey.
“The wider community survey now allows everyone within those communities to have their say and share their thoughts.”
The survey seeks to enable Council to gain a better understanding of the opportunities, aspirations and challenges in each community and should take roughly 15 minutes to complete.
Feedback is open for three weeks through to 5pm Friday 18 November and can be placed via Shape Waikato or in person at the Taupiri Dairy, Ngaaruawaahia Library, or Council’s Head Office on Galileo Street, Ngaaruawaahia.